March Challenge Wrong Place, Wrong time.

Real Estate Agent with Sandpoint Realty AB36782

Patricia Feager  and Kathleen Daniels are hosting the March challenge in Active Rain entitled. 
March to a Solution
"think about a scenario that can march you into trouble. Please write about a scenario that has the potential to come up during a real estate transaction".


 Anyone that works in Real Estate will collect a plethora or "war stories"  This one resembles less of a March to a Solution and more like running towards disaster. It is a prime example of how innocent and simple errors can quickly turn into potential problem scenarios.

It was the 80's  I had about 10 deals under my belt and had the world by the tail.  I was a young rising star and basically knew just enough to bravely go where no agent should ever go.    😬  
I had a showing set up and the listing agent advised me that the house was vacant and the door would be unlocked.  She mentioned that she didn't have the sign out there yet but it was the third house on the left.   We felt a little lost when we arrived in the subdivision due to a surprising lack of posted addresses, no wonder 911 started their address programs for emergency responders.  Now this was long before gps, we didnt have aerials back then and the plat maps only came after we were well into escrow.  Luckily though our mls just started printing pictures in color in the mls books and the house we were looking for was a brilliant blue house.  Yeah we found it.  The buyers were thrilled to find the absolutely perfect house that backed up to a beautiful park.  There were about 10 real estate cards on the counter already and we ran back to the office wrote a full price offer.  It was accepted right away and we were about 2 weeks into the escrow when the title company delivered the title report.  I have to say my first broker did a good job training the rookies to understand the importance of reviewing the title reports and not just handing them to the clients.  I was looking over the title report and the plat map just wasnt making sense when I discovered the darned title company must have marked the wrong parcel.  The lot they outlined on the wrong side of the street!  They even got the name wrong, this wasnt the name of the owner that signed the offer.   Now would probably be a good time to acknowledge the hard work of our title and escrow agents and for the vast amount of patience and professionalism they manage to muster in the trials and tribulations they face constantly.  My hats off to you guys and gals, I would not want your job.  

So with that lets fast forward to the really bad part... the house that was listed was actually the third on the right and was sporting a brand new yellow paint job. I had showed and sold the neighbors house.   I count blessings that we caught it in time but I have pictured that disastrous move in day a million times in my head.

In the end it all worked out the buyers loved the new house just as much.  The neighbor wasnt thrilled and probably started locking his doors but thanked me for locating him to apologize for trespassing. The title officer got a lovely bouquet of flowers a nice dinner and a huge apology.  I learned many lessons in humility, severity, due diligence, taking responsibility and that we don't always know our left from our right. 

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Rain Silverhawk

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

Good morning Rain. Lucky you that it all worked out. I once was asked to sell a new construction house for a builder. Trouble is, he built it on someone else's lot and the owner did not cooperate. Enjoy your day.

Mar 10, 2023 04:07 AM
Rain Silverhawk

Oh my Wayne Martin   yes that is a nightmare we don't want to have.  Did the builder manage to recover from that one?

Mar 10, 2023 11:03 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh my gosh! I'm so glad that worked out! And geez, why would they take photos in one color and THEN repaint it! No wonder it was hard to find!

Mar 10, 2023 04:39 AM
Rain Silverhawk

That was back in the day when few agents took their own photos or if they did it was a  week to process the film.  What a difference digital photos make.

Mar 10, 2023 11:04 PM
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Phone Direct 240-506-2434 | 301-681-0550 office - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR

Hi Rain, thanks for sharing this story. It's easy to understand how you could have been confused since they changed the color. Sounds like it worked out ok in the end with apologies offered.

Mar 10, 2023 05:08 AM
Rain Silverhawk

I got lucky  Confusion would not have held up in court. 

Mar 10, 2023 11:05 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Excellent Information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful Friday and a blessed weekend. Bill Salvatore

Mar 10, 2023 05:19 AM
Rain Silverhawk

Thanks Bill Salvatore - East Valley  for stopping by

Mar 10, 2023 11:05 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Rain Silverhawk - What a great and honest mistake story with a happy ending! Thank you for participating in the March to a Solution | ActiveRain March 2023 Challenge. 

Mar 10, 2023 05:20 AM
Rain Silverhawk

lucky lucky lucky  Thanks for the great challenge

Mar 10, 2023 11:06 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Rain,

Wow! That was a good example about an honest mistake that could have turned into to a bag of worms! Glad it all worked out for you and your buyers!

Mar 10, 2023 05:44 AM
Rain Silverhawk

Yes the ending on that one could have been alot worse. 

Mar 10, 2023 11:07 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Rain - an OMG moment I wasn't expecting as I started reading your post.  

PS - maybe the eye-catching image you used distracted me in another direction.  Hmm - then again maybe that was your intention as my global pondering system drifted into wandering mode.   

Repositioning. . .Repositioning. . . 

Mar 10, 2023 05:58 AM
Rain Silverhawk

LOL just keeping you on your toes Michael Jacobs 

Mar 10, 2023 11:07 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Holy Heavens Rain Silverhawk now that was a huge lesson.  

My standard of practice is to get the title report and plat map upfront when I take a listing. And yes, reviewing it is key. That is where we can find information that we need to know upfront. 

Back in the days when this happened that likely was not possible.  

You did find a solution - you apologized for trespassing and write the offer on the right house ...or should I say left? 

Thank you for participating in the March challenge! 

Mar 10, 2023 09:18 AM
Rain Silverhawk
Sandpoint Realty - Sandpoint, ID
208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor

It is minde as well but you are correct that just didn't happen back then.  Thanks for the great challenge Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

Mar 10, 2023 11:08 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I simply cannot imagine what would have happened had you not reviewed that plat map! WoW!

Apr 04, 2023 04:16 PM