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Real Estate Agent with Harrison Partners Realty

I get so much pleasure reading some of the blogs that I thought I would share one of my own horror stories.  This should be titled "The Life and Times of an Innocent Realtor".  Questionable on the innocent part, but quite appropriate.

The story begins as our hero (that would be me), a small town Realtor, is asked to show properties to clients in the nearest big city.  I followed acceptable procedure by contacting the listing agents, making appointments to show, informing the clients of the itinerary and meeting my clients at the appointed place.  Everything went smoothly; I was assured by all the listing agents that the owners would be away at work.  Being the natural born skeptic that I am, I should have known that dealing with big city folks is a pot shot at best.  No offense of course meant to all you city dwellers, but you guys do have a different mind set.

We arrived at the forth showing.  I proceeded ahead to unlock the door and we all walked into the house.  It was dark and closed up so I was turning on lights while my clients proceeded me into the kitchen.  They found the back door and was outside in the back yard when I heard a door open at the end of the hall.  I turned to look and lo and behold there was a man standing in the hallway,  stark naked and screaming, and I quote, "What the f... is going on?"  Welllll, butter my a.. and call me a biscuit, but I swear my heart stopped about the same time I started laughing.  Now being a female I don't know from experience, but I have been told there are certain time when you do not laugh at a man and one of them is when he's standing in front of you naked.  I didn't mean it like THAT.   About this time my clients walked into the living room.  There I am, looking down the hall and laughing like an idiot.  So they, of course, looked down the hall.  At that point the man said, and I do quote, "Holy S..." and ran back into the bedroom and slammed the door.  My clients all but ran out of the house.  I hollered down the hallway that I was sorry, I was informed that no one would be home and I hightailed it out of there.

My clients are standing outside, with blank looks on their faces and the husband comments that he bets this guy has a new listing agent by that afternoon.  Then we all just lost it and started laughing.  Letting off steam, happy we didn't become shot, call it what you will, but it was hilarious, at that point.

I called the listing agent later that day and told her what happened.  Can you guess?  She says she knew he would be home, but she hadn't had a chance to call me yet.  Hadn't had a chance?  She had 2.5 days to call me and let me know this little tidbit of information.

The moral of the story is never trust an agent that tells you no one is home.  Never laugh at a man standing in front of you naked.  Do more referrals when you need to go into an unfamiliar market.  That's where the weird stuff happens.

Comments (9)

Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Hi Lyn, This was hilarious.  You should post it in "Humor".  Still laughing...

Dec 29, 2008 03:48 PM
Kari Battaglia, PA
Veterans Realty Inc - Venice, FL
Who You Work With Matters!

This is hysterical!  OMG I am still laughing too.

Dec 29, 2008 03:53 PM
Patty Luther
RE/MAX Rock-n-Roll Realty - Lewiston, ID
Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington

Lyn...I have walked in on all kinds of situations!  YIKES...

makes me laugh!

                Happy New year to you!


Dec 29, 2008 03:54 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Liz, "Welllll, butter my a.. and call me a biscuit," !! You are hilarious, the story is hilarious, and I'm glad you didn't get shot!! :-) Thank you so much for posting!

Dec 29, 2008 03:55 PM
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

Great story!  I haven't run into any naked sellers YET!! 

The worst thing I can remember was showing a vacant house after getting the lockbox combo from the listing agent. The place had some really tacky decor and my clients and I were laughing about a bathroom wall tiled with the photo of a naked woman. Suddenly, the owner walks into the room from behind us.  We were caught by surprise but he was even more surprised than we were. The listing agent hadn't bothered to tell me that the property had already been sold!

Dec 29, 2008 04:15 PM
Jean Powers
Kane & Associates call 510.908.9002 - Alameda, CA
CRS,e-PRO,HAFA,SFR Broker, Northern California

What a funny post. I have had similar situations happen to me and my buyers too. Thanks for the post

Dec 29, 2008 04:16 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Lyn:  Totally hilarious.  Or should I call you Ms Biscuit ?  We all have had some pretty goofy things happen while showing homes... but your description was just great.  Thanks so much for sharing.  By the way... did you sell these folks anything ?

Dec 29, 2008 04:48 PM
Tom Thornton
Realty Austin - Austin, TX
Broker Associate, MBA, ABR, CRS, GREEN, GRI, SRES

Well that's one way to make an impression on a buyer client...

Dec 29, 2008 09:53 PM
South Austin Real Estate Blog
Sky Realty South Austin - Austin, TX

Too funny, but what an idiot the listing agent must be..  makes you really feel sorry for the poor homeowner if that is the quality of service he is getting.  2.5 days ohmy word!  What a great story though!!  Repost it in WHACKED!!  group too. and maybe CLUB CHAOS... you can post it in 5 total groups, lots will enjoy it.

Dec 29, 2008 10:40 PM