Craziest Past Client Story, A Nightmare in Real Estate

Real Estate Agent with Summit Real Estate Group BRE# 01215778

Let me start off with a little background.  I come from a business background owning a mini-market with a deli and pizzeria.   The Northridge Earth lead to us needing to sell and find a new career.  I happened upon real estate and was already 45 years old with no prior knowledge of the field and no local contacts to speak of.  I needed to reach out and work each and every lead to the maximum.  This lead to me working with many people that seasoned agents would have ignored.

My background lead to me working with Lloyd.  The first call from Lloyd was to tell me off for an ad that I had in which he objected to the verbiage.  He proceeded to tell me how much he hated my company and Realtors in general.  I calmed him down and build a rapport and asked where he lived and if he wanted see home with me.  He reluctantly said he would look but would not buy anything.  He stressed that he didn't want to see any pool homes.  

Needless to say, we went out to see homes and I told him about an neighborhood that fit him perfectly but the only available house had a pool.  He fell in love with it and decided to make an offer.  We made the offer subject to closing escrow home the sale of his house.  It wasn't yet listed son we made an appointment to list his house the next morning.

This is when Lloyd began to show his true colors.  He asked me to meet him on a Sunday morning at 10AM.  I was prompt and on time.  I was greeted at the door and asked to sit down.  Their entire family was seated at the table and they began to serve everyone eggs, bacon, potatoes and coffee.  They went on eating and talking to one another as if I weren't there.  Not one thing was offered to me.  Anyway, we were able to get the listing completed.

The next day we had a showing and he began to tell me how bad of an agent I was and how great his previous agent was.  He said the previous did anything he asked of him and gave the best service ever.  He went into detail on the things he would do and the means in which that agent worked.  I asked "if this agent was so good why did you choose to work with me?"  He response was "well, he's in prison"

We were now in escrow on the purchase and sale.  Lloyd didn't like the fact that I was going to make money on the sale of his house.  He called my office and my wife was the only one there.  He proceeded to tell her off and said he was on his way the office and was going to get satisfaction.  My wife told the office manager and got out of there like a bat out of hell.

This deal got so bad that Lloyd would no longer work with me so our Broker needed to take over.  This was a nightmare for the first negative experience at the start of one's career.

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Tony & Dani Lewis Summit Real Estate Group

Offices in Valencia & Aliso Viejo, California

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Comments (7)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Tony -the Martin Luther King holiday weekend earthquake in 1994 had a dramatic impact on the lives of many.  Many of those memories remain strong.  Kinda like an aftershock many of us in our state can recall as any movement in the earth tends to remind us.   Thank you for sharing your story.  

Sep 17, 2022 01:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Tony- what a terrible way to get your career started!  He sounds like a very unhappy person. Thank you for sharing your crazy story!!!

Sep 17, 2022 02:04 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

unhappy creature Tony Lewis 

Sep 18, 2022 05:49 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Tony Lewis  since you did not quit it made you stronger, have a few stories similar yours, Endre

Sep 18, 2022 04:46 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The previous agent may have been in prison for an attempted murder charge that that family could have prompted

Sep 24, 2022 02:28 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Given the circumstances as you described them, Tony Lewis, it seems like you came through them pretty well. I am still laughing about he former - WONDERFUL - agent being in jail.

Oct 02, 2022 08:08 PM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Hi Tony Lewis, some people aren't happy unless they have something to complain about and are making others miserable too. 

Oct 12, 2022 03:03 PM