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Cindi Hagley, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA

When you thought no one was home....?

Asked by Cindi Hagley, San Ramon, CA Sat Aug 18, 2007

Any good stories about walking into homes that you thought were empty? A colleague recently asked me to drop off flyers at her new listing. I knocked on the door, rang the doorbell...no answer...although there was a car in the driveway. Knocked again, then got the key from the lockbox and entered the home. The owner, apparantly, had been in the bathroom "taking care of business." We were both stunned when he stepped out of the bathrom, naked, to find out who had entered his home. Not a pretty sight....but a great story.

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I've had agents not register their showings and walk in on a client showering before and I, myself have been stranded on a second floor balcony after the buyer I was with shut a self locking door (that was fun) but this one takes that cake.

A few years back, I had requested to show a property in Kent Island Estates (when I lived in Maryland), which was a community with missing street signs, bad roads, etc. When the client and I finally found the house, we discovered that the listing agent had listed two properties on the same street, next door to each other, and of course niether had house numbers. Both were split foyers. both had pools, so we made a guess. We entered the house on the electronic key and started looking around. My clients were real cut ups, great folks, who loved to speak very honestly about the house they were viewing. I love that.

While going through this house, into the bedrooms and talking freely about how much they didn't like wallpaper or something, they came upon the owner standing in the master closet, hiding behind the clothes. Apparently, she had heard me announce our interest and sprinted to get out of the way. It freaked us all out and excused ourself.

Apparently, we had chosen the wrong house.
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My story doesn't have so spicy details but interesting anyway.

I'll start with one of my stories. Last year I was showing a property to very fussy customer. She always have found some problems or something dislikes... You know, how it is. One day I found huge home for her in neighborhood that she was looking for. The home was really HUGE but condition... That is something that I want to talk about in details.

Imagine, two stories house with a huge lot, decent size pool and jacuzzi. However, pool was filled at half with murky dark-green water where you cannot see a bottom. I stared at this water in disgust and imagine my surprise, when turtle head just popped up on the surface. I was totally puzzled and turned my face to the owner. She looked at me with a smile ans said "This turtle is big now. I remember when she was very small...". I was speechless, trying to process in my mind, how long ago she cleaned a pool! I should say that turtle was a good 12-13" big!

However, my amazement didn't stop there. Jacuzzi was filled with the same water color and tons of toad polls. Now, I thought, that will be something for me to remember, when these frogs or toads grow to big ones... Maybe one of them become a Prince for my growing daughter some day?

Anyway, browsing through house, I found a lot of strange features, but overall... my client loved this house! Tell you a truth, I liked it myself because I saw a lot of potential in it and lady was buying for her big family.

I made a sale and visited this home a couple days ago and, of course, I asked about turtle. I wanted to eat a turtle soup, but, unfortunately, turtle left as soon as new tenants start whole renovation. Poor turtle lost her home... because one of us, humans, found new one.
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I hope I never have the experience you had Cindi - and the coupling thing with Paul, well - thats too much for me as well.

I wish I could contribute something fun - but y'guys already take the cake!
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Had the same experience years ago while previewing property. Called, rang the bell several time, obtained key from box......and there she was in the shower.

Another one where a man was sleeping in his bed with a shotgun over his chest. Pretty scarey experiences.
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Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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I have a few. None are really appropriate, but I'll offer a quick one anyway. I once walked into a vacant house that wasn't so vacant. There was a couple, eh, coupling. I didn't ask any questions, just turned right around and left. Fortunately, I was only previewing. Got a little more than a preview, though.
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