What If?

By
Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

What if my photographer was not going to Hawaii and had not scheduled a few days earlier than I wanted him?

What if we had scheduled the photography session for later in the afternoon, an hour later or just 15 minutes later?

What if my client could not meet us at the house that day?

What if the fire truck had become bogged down in the recently plowed field it had to drive through?

What if the cars had been involved?

What if the shed full of fuel and other accelerants had ignited?

What if recent work had not been done of the septic tank to create a natural fire break?

What if whoever started a fire in the same area the day before, didn't started this one at a different time?

My client would have lost the home she grew up in and maybe a lot worse.  Was it Fate, Karma, the Hand of God or just plain luck?  The fire ended up within feet of the house.  It scorched the side of the shed.  The photographer had set up his equipment and, when he opened the shades to the house, spotted 10' flames coming towards the house.  Thankfully, he and my client reacted quickly.

 

 

Aerial View

Drone shot of fire affected areas

 

Real estate, never a dull moment!

 

This home sitting on 5 acres goes on the market next week.  It is in a great location in a developing area of Sacramento.  Given all the what ifs, I think this property was protected for the next owner and a higher purpose.

 

If you ever need a photographer in the Sacramento area, let me know.  Kenan Cackovic is a pleasure to work with and does great work.

 

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             eXp Realty of California, Inc

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

Past Client Testimonials   

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758

RayRHenson@gmail.com

916-698-8415

 

 

Comments (35)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Ray. As Michael Jacobs would likely ponder "timimg is everything"! Enjoy your day.

Jul 04, 2021 06:10 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Hi Rocky Dickerson,  probably the factor that was most important was last year they were trying to find the septic tank.  They thought it was just on the far side of the shed so they dug a out a large amount of dirt. The fire fighters thought they had dug out a fire break.  It was a mistake.  The septic tank was not even there, but the area was free of weeds and kept the fire from the shed.  If the shed went with all the fuel in it, this story would have a different ending.

 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you.  This family is definitely special and in the right people category.

 

 

Jul 04, 2021 06:17 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you, Ed Silva.  My client does feel fortunate.  The house goes on the market this Tuesday.

 

Yes, they did, Grant Schneider.  I keep hearing Dick Vitale in the back of my mind saying, "serendipity baby."

Jul 04, 2021 06:21 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Kathy Streib, when I was just starting out, I was hired to place sandbags around the perimeter of a house.  After the storm, I was hired to remove the water logged bags.  We had a flat bed truck delivered to the site and my guys started loading the truck.  It was a hot day and there were no trees so my guys ate lunch UNDER the flat bed part of the truck.  They went back to work.  A few minutes later the whole truck collapsed from the weight.  Life can change in an instant!  I often think about that day and how lucky we all were.

 

Thank you very much for the feature!  I really appreciate it!

Jul 04, 2021 06:31 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you, Kat Palmiotti.  My client does feel fortunate.  It will make the sell more difficult, but the house is fine and no one was hurt.  Without the photographer, one resident would have been home and in bed.  She was sick.  It is scary to think what could have happened.

 

Thank you, Brian England.  It was too close for comfort.

Jul 04, 2021 06:38 AM
Kathy Streib

Oh my gosh Raymond Henson, eXp Realty how lucky you all were!!!!

Jul 05, 2021 09:29 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Good morning, Nina Hollander, Broker.  I remember an old comic strip (Family Circus?) that shows a person stepping into traffic, inches from oncoming traffic.  There is a big transparent hand between the person and a car that is too close for comfort.  Yes, I do think there are times when we are protected.  I wish I could find that comic strip.

 

I agree, Wayne Martin.  Timing is everything!

Jul 04, 2021 06:48 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty 

Thanks to Kathy Streib for featuring this post. And thank you for sharing such a wonderful outcome. Best of luck with the listing and finding the right buyer!

Jul 04, 2021 10:15 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you very much, Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400.  

Jul 04, 2021 10:30 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Your client has a Guardian Angel - thank goodness!

Jul 05, 2021 03:43 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I do think you are right, Marte Cliff.  Thank you for taking the time to drop by and comment.

Jul 05, 2021 07:43 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Raymond Henson, eXp Realty - All I can say is WOW!!!! What a close call.  I just re-watched "Benjamin Buttons" over the holiday and there is a scene where the love of his life breaks her leg and they play the "what if" scenario for the audience to see.  It is amazing to see how many things have to go right or wrong for something to play out!  YIKES!

Jul 06, 2021 08:45 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

A wild fire threatened our home last year so know the overwhelming feeling well Raymond. Thankfully, the home was spared so it may house new buyers for a happily ever after!

Jul 06, 2021 09:16 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Hello Sheri Sperry - MCNE®.  It is amazing and so many things are connected in ways we do not even see.  I will second your exclamation, YIKES!  

 

It is scary and I am sorry you went through such a scary situation, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  Hopefully, the new buyers will live there happily ever after.  Thank you.

Jul 06, 2021 01:20 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

WOW! That is one protected home! Amazing!

Jul 07, 2021 07:02 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I think it was a pretty amazing outcome, Sharon Tara.  I was not there, but those that were said the fire started small and spread very quickly.  The firefighters were amazing.

Jul 07, 2021 07:13 AM
Sharon Tara

God Bless the fire fighters!

Jul 07, 2021 07:21 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Yikes!  That was close. Fires are crazy this time of year.  We've had a LOT of fires in Arizona so I get it. 

Jul 07, 2021 05:38 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Too close for comfort, Jan Green.  We were recently in Arizona and heard about some of the fires.  I hope that is all we get for the summer.

Jul 08, 2021 06:09 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ray, this would have been so scary, and so glad you got photos before the fire.  How is the sale going?

Jul 12, 2021 09:01 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Hi Joan Cox.  It has been a little slow.  The 18 acres burned does not leave the best of impressions.  I think it is a good opportunity for someone, but they will have to have the imagination and skill set to make it work. 

Jul 12, 2021 09:22 AM
Elva Rico
Active Realty - Corona, CA
My only purpose is to deliver successful results.

Hi Ray, Thank God the home was not damaged, and no body was hurt, if you live in southern California you will witness a fire it's amazing how rapid and dense the smoke gets. best of luck with your listing

Jul 18, 2021 12:39 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty

Yes, Elva Rico, I think we were fortunate.  It went from a small fire to 18 acres really quickly.  Thank you for your kind words.  

Jul 18, 2021 09:10 PM