I wasn’t quick enough for my clients, but I’m starting to think that was a good thing

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Yesterday I got an e-mail from one of my clients wanting to see a home. Unfortunately, I had to be part of my own personal cops show outside my parents' house. Then I had a scheduled open house on the other side of town. There was just no way I was going to be able to fit this client in today.

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That is when I get the call from them telling me that they had sent me an e-mail telling me they wanted to know more about this house and if I could show it to them today. (To be honest, I hadn't even received the e-mail yet.)

But, they said, we couldn't wait for you Todd, so we just drove over there and you no longer have to find out more about the home and we no longer want to see it. HUH? What? I had to ask what it was that they didn't like as I knew that actually this was a pretty nice neighborhood.

They said "We liked the area, but the police tape across the front door concerned us too much to even want to look at the house anymore." Well, I guess I could certainly understand not wanting to live in a house that was the subject of a police investigation, but in a sick, sick way, I still want to know what happened at the house that deserved the door to be kicked in during the listing period.

Also, don't you think the listing agent would have taken the home off the market after something like this? I know I would have!


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Jane Wallace
Shorewood Real Estate - Denver, CO
CRS | SRES, Denver Real Estate

Wow, It's a good thing they did their drive by and didn't waste your time yesterday was a national holiday

Feb 02, 2009 04:56 AM #1
Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Realtor - Senior Real Estate Specialist

Maybe the listing agent has a second illegal job and the cops found out?

Feb 02, 2009 05:00 AM #2
Valerie Spaulding
Windermere Peninsula Properties~Allyn~Belfair~WA - Belfair, WA
Allyn-Belfair-Hood Canal-Local Expertise!

SOunds like the listing agent may not have been even been by the listing in a while huh?  It amazes me how many times I have been to vacant homes and the listing agent had no idea that something was amiss - like a roof leak that ruined the ceiling and things like what you described.  sad....

Feb 02, 2009 05:01 AM #3
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


What chapter of your book will this be in...??? :) Thanks,   Fran

Feb 02, 2009 05:03 AM #4
Tyson Bradley
Keller Williams Realty - Virginia Beach, VA

Police tape on the front door is definitely a red flag! - I had some similar things happen to me - thank God not when I was with clients, but when I was checking out some potential houses I wanted to show....

Feb 02, 2009 05:06 AM #5
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Thank goodness they did not call the listing agent, look inside and then LOVE it- followed by writing an offer with that agent.

Feb 02, 2009 05:10 AM #6
Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

Oh my, that is crazy.  I wonder if the listing agent will update the MLS to say, "listing not available for showings until 2 years from now because it is part of a police investigation". I feel sorry for them.

Feb 02, 2009 05:18 AM #7
June Piper-Brandon
Remax New Beginnings - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Perhaps the listing agent didn't know the door had been kicked in and had crime tape up?  But, you'd think they would want to know.  Call them and say "hey did you know...".  Goodwill goes a long way in this business. 

Feb 02, 2009 05:26 AM #8
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Maybe the tape was from the night before?  Could have just happened.  Don't you love how a buyer wants info NOW and doesn't wait for you.... I'm not gonna go there......

Feb 02, 2009 06:06 AM #9
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


I would think the listing agents lock box would be obsolete with the police door approach.

You have to love those buyers wanting us to jump all the time. Some it is important to do, but some I have learned a phone call was in order before anything.


Tom Braatz

Feb 02, 2009 06:11 AM #10
Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

Todd, that is a bit creepy. Of course we want to know what happened as well, hopefully it was not soemthing between the seller and the listing agent...

Feb 02, 2009 06:46 AM #11
Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

Todd, that is a bit creepy. Of course we want to know what happened as well, hopefully it was not soemthing between the seller and the listing agent...

Feb 02, 2009 06:46 AM #12
Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

Todd, that is a bit creepy. Of course we want to know what happened as well, hopefully it was not soemthing between  the seller and the listing agent...

Feb 02, 2009 06:46 AM #13
Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

Well, I certainly would have wanted to know what the heck was going on. Let us know when you find out.

Feb 02, 2009 07:39 AM #14
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

I sold a house last year that still had remnants of police tape on it.  I didn't see it at first, until the actual buyer told me about it.  I learned to take a second look at everything now.

Feb 02, 2009 07:51 AM #15
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