The RAIN......On The PLANE

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291
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But Not in Spain..

 

I've signed contracts in some strange places over the years, and it got me wondering if other real estate agents have odd-place-signing stories too.

Looking back, my list includes: 

RestaurantFudds

Restaurants (of course) all the way from Pizza Hut and Fuddruckers to Ruth's Chris Steak House.

 

BowlingThen there was the signing at a bowling alley with the rumble of balls and clatter of pins as background music.

 

 

ChurchSynagogue

 

There have been contracts signed in a church and in a synagogue – obviously, not during services or on the Sabbath.

 

 

 

 

We've signed at the gym I visit two or three times a week, LifeBridge Health & Fitness in Baltimore. There was a front steps signing and one in a parking lot among the cars and shoppers. Several contracts have been signed in my car, too.

LifeBridge

FrontSteps

ParkingMR Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

SignPlaneThe signing that was most fun had to be on the wing of our airplane. My sellers were at their summer home in Atlantic City, NJ, and I had listed their unique contemporary home in Baltimore. I wasn't their first agent, so when we got the contract I was determined to get it to them right away. After calling and telling them to meet me at the Atlantic City airport, my husband and I flew down to the shore. I'd expected them to be excited and waiting out front for us. We walked into the airport office and found them just sitting there; they didn't think I would actually be there. After that, where else but the wing of our plane could we sign that contract?

 And here is one more Yee Haw a contract is negotiated!

 With all all those interesting places, my favorite place to sign is still in cyberspace. Between my tablet faxing capabilities and email, I can get them signed at home in my fuzzy slippers.

What unusual signings have you had?

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Rainer
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Karen Villa Schweinfurth
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Great post, Margaret, I want a pair of those fuzzy slippers!  Interesting responses - my most interesting sign was at the theatre, the lead actress, during her break!
Apr 21, 2007 11:00 AM #41
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Chris Lengquist
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Apparently, me and my clients are terribly boring.  Bars, restaurants, gas stations and the like.  But I want to hear more about getting strip club clients!  Does he farm for them or is it just word of mouth? 
Apr 21, 2007 11:29 AM #42
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The best real estate agents are always prepared.  You never know when the client will be ready to sign a contract.  If you are not ready when the moment arrives, they may cool off by the time you are prepared.   I had a client who was running out of time on a lease and wanted to find the perfect home to purchase.   We were out late one evening looking at property and came upon what may have been "the one".   It was getting dark, the property we wanted to see was vacant and without electricity.  Instead of calling it a day, I had flashlights in the trunk of my car.  We viewed the property by flashlight!   The client loved the home and we stood in the pitch-black kitchen, and signed the purchase contract by flashlight. Thank you to Eveready batteries!

Janet Thompson

ERA Dream Team Realty

Apr 21, 2007 12:33 PM #43
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Fun read, Margaret, and some great comments. Guess I have not been in the business long enough to have any terrific signing spots that will compete with yours. Chilis Restaurant and an Italian subshop at a medical school are as about as creative as I have had to be...so far.

Jeff

Apr 21, 2007 01:09 PM #44
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Karen,We would all like to know the name of that actress or at least the play. Did you have to sit through all the acts? Internet only slippers. LOL. Jack Peckum always talks about working in his fuzzy slippers.

Chris, I suggest you ask Bob!

Janet, This is a good reminder to keep supplies such as  flashlights and extra batteries in our car. Good job on being well prepared.

Apr 21, 2007 01:13 PM #45
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Jeff,

Of those dozen or so  sales of your personal properties, one must have been done in a place other than the traditional office.  You are right; this has been a fun post and lots of great comments.  Funny how we agents gravitate toward restaurants and food for our signings.

Apr 21, 2007 01:38 PM #46
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I would love to do all contracts in fuzzy slippers, it would take the edge off....

Apr 21, 2007 01:44 PM #47
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Gloria, With the right technology, you have the freedom to do this. Anything to take the "edge" off!

Apr 21, 2007 01:59 PM #48
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Daniel Gates
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Make it on the wing of the plane while flying and I will be impressed.
Apr 21, 2007 02:40 PM #49
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Daniel, Just because you are  certified to handle all types of property damage, I will pass on impressing you this way! LOL

Welcome to Active Rain.

Apr 21, 2007 09:13 PM #50
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Phillip Cross
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Margaret, The strangest place I ever signed a contract was on the side of the Interstate. The buyers called me and wanted to meet to write an offer on a home we had seen twice. I understood from the listing agent that there was another contract being presented that evening. They were on their way to meet me and their truck broke down. They again called and informed me of what happened I offered to pick them up but they wanted/needed to wait for the tow truck. So there on the side of the very busy I95 @ 5pm we wrote an offer to purchase. They did get the home! Thanks for the fun article - I love to read where others have written offers.
Apr 22, 2007 01:13 AM #51
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Phill,

That is a great story. Glad they got the house; they certainly had a good agent.

We succesful agents are certainly resourceful.  I once totaled a car on the Baltimore beltway, called my daughter to come wait for the tow truck, took her car and delivered a contract.

Welcome to the Rain fellow Baltilmore agent!

Apr 22, 2007 02:34 AM #52
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Alexander Harb
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How about on the hood of my car at 11PM in the entrance to the Sanford Flea Market in northern central Florida......the buyer was a 21 year old guy who was in college and wanted a nice place to live with his mom while he got his degree.....she did NOT speak or write or read english....

What a nice kid, hmm?

Hows that??

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Apr 28, 2007 03:44 PM #53
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Here are some more photos of the plane, this time with Flat Caleb:

Flat Caleb Gets High

May 02, 2007 11:06 AM #54
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M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk)
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My experiences are boring comparing to all of yours. I mainly do retail and office calls. Nail Salons, Bell South ofc, mortgage broker office. I have caught a few random signatures on the fly--at church, parked side by side at sonic and passing the tablet.
Nov 02, 2007 04:12 PM #55
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Dom Naidoo
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great post! thanks for the helpful information and tips. All the best!
Nov 02, 2007 04:19 PM #56
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Suzi Thanks for bringing this post back after 6 months. No signings are boring!

Dominic, Glad you found this helpful. It was fun post with good comments.

Nov 02, 2007 11:06 PM #57
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Here is another   One Contract and 40,000 Fans

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