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Bill Krucken…, Real Estate Pro in Sapphire, NC

What is the strangest thing you ever did to sell a home?

Asked by Bill Kruckenberger, Sapphire, NC Fri Oct 21, 2011

What is the strangest thing you ever did to sell a home?

I'd love to read some great stories.

In 2009, I was showing property to a wonderful smaller older man that was just recovering from some medical problems. Although he was just getting out of a wheelchair for a walker, he and his wife were determined to buy a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. By the time we came to the fourth home, his body and legs were completely out of energy, but the home looked perfect.
So...after asking, I threw my client up and over my shoulder and continued to show him that home and the next. They closed on the perfect home in less than 45 days, and now it's a well known real estate story in Cashiers North Carolina.
Anything for a sale (and a new story and a new friend!).
Bill K, North Carolina

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Wow, Bill, now that is just over the top!! You should be a guest on at least one television show and you should have clients for life! You are truly a wonderful guy. Are you married? I have this daughter.......................

The strangest thing I did was on my second sale of my career. Three days prior to closing I was telling my hubby that I was probably not going to close on Monday because during the final walk through my clients noticed some wires up in the trees in a heavily wooded lot behind the house and it was on a steep hill. He asked me where it was and said, "Let's go". I said, "Go Where?" He said, "To get the wires of the trees." I thought he was crazy, but we did it. I owned a 4 wheel drive pick up at the time and so we went. He climbed the tree and somehow managed to unwrap enough of the wire to attach to the back of the pick up and away I went. We got most of it down and we did close on Monday. My hubby. My hero!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 22, 2011
Although I haven’t done this Bill, many of my clients have buried statues of St. Joseph upside down in their sellers lawns.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 14, 2011
Nope, but I've been having the same issues for a couple days on other posts as well.

Emily, are you there???
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 11, 2011
Thanks Linda! Just curious, tried to give a few of the answers a thumbs up but not able to. Any clue??
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 10, 2011
Wow Allan,

I truly believe you got us all beat. I gladly and wholeheartedly relinquish the "Best Answer" award to you! And I'm sure if it was possible Bill would do it in a heart beat!

Congrats on your kind heart and hard work!!
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Best one was my wife, my sister-in-law and myself cleaning out a Hoarders house(chalet style on 3 acres in the woods) in the fall & winter months as it was being sold. Limited electric, no heat(brought one heat dish for upstairs). Best part is the client(also dealt with his brother in St. Louis) was in a nearby retirement home. We would pick him up and he would spend the day with us deciding what to keep(avid book and rock<yes rock> collector). Would also take back boxes to the retirement home(which was also not allowed). Sadly this wonderful, eccentric man did not make it to the closing date. His brother was quite grateful for the cleanup(as was the Buyers) as you literally could not walk in the home when we first started. Quite an experience!!
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Thanks for your great answers! Very interesting to see proof of that extra effort we Realtors also must take for that sale!
Happy Selling!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 10, 2011
Very interesting topic! I haven't done anything close to what I am reading. Good stuff!
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You "threw" him over your shoulders? Wow....guess we can't top that.

But like Fran, I've done stuff like she did. We even finished wallpapering and painting that the seller started but didn't finish, planted flowers in the yard, cleaned out atiic and basement full of years of hoarding, held garage sales....
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Don't know that it is truly, strange, but, I have washed floors, cleaned out dirty cabinets, washed dishes, made beds, picked up clothes off of the floor, moved furniture, had music playing (during the holidays, is the best), taken dogs for a walk (while there was showings), planted flowers, put fresh flowers on the table, left candy out for prospective buyers, balloons and much more. I never thought of how long my list was, unitl today:) It does make the job, fun:) I used to have a helper that encouraged me and made me laugh while we did these things.
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Hello Bill,
Gosh, I hope that you didn't hurt your back carrying your client around! Good for you!

I haven't really done anything out of the ordinary to sell a home except on a condo that was really dirty. I went in and cleaned it thoroughly myself since the owners had attempted to do so and it still appeared worn and tired looking. I painted over the marks on the walls and even used a wood stick to touch up the water marks on the wooden bathroom vanities. It sold the next week :)

Best wishes to you!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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