On a lighter note, the day after 9/11
For most of us that have been in the real estate business for a while like myself since 1991 or maybe not as long, may have a great funny story to tell. Here is one of my favorites:
I was farming an area where I worked and lived and as we all know as part of this practice we sometimes mail out Holiday Cards around Christmas and enclose a business card and hope for the best. Well, this time I sent out Christmas cards and a gentleman called me and asked me to come by, because he wanted to sell his house. We set up an appointment for three days from then at his request and I noted my calendar.
I proceeded to call a couple of hours ahead of our scheduled time just to confirm the appointment. When I called, I got his answering machine that stated: If you are trying to reach either Lucy or Gary, please leave your name and number and we will get back to you A.S.A.P.
This sounds OK right. Well, Gary called me back to confirm our appointment.
When I showed up at the home I was greeted by a large snarling germen Shepard and Gary at the front door. He proceeded to invite me in and I asked him if he could put his dog outside or in another room. He then told me that Lucy (the Dog) would not bite; just don’t make any sudden moves. I then sat on the couch and he (Gary) sat in a chair next to the couch. The dog Lucy lied next to him and growled and showed his teeth for the whole time I was there.
This was my second listing appointment back in 1991 and I was really young and looked even younger. The property owner (Gary) said he called me for this listing appointment only because I sent him the Christmas card and it was the only Christmas that he had received. Then he asked me if I could really sell his home, and followed up by saying; you look very young, have you sold any other homes in the neighborhood? I told him that I had one other listing in the neighborhood listed for sale.To keep this story from going on to long, I would like say, all worked out well, I left with the listing for $78,000.00, and found a buyer myself the next day and at that time someone else was drafting and called me to present another contract. At the end, I sold the home myself for $81,500.00, thirty-five hundred dollars over the listed price.
Here it gets a little better. Now the owner says to me, your not going to throw me out of my home to fast, are you? I can’t believe you sold my home so fast.
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