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Charles Coac…,  in San Jose, CA

Would anyone mind sharing a RE story about something stupid that you did that might bring a smile to another?

Asked by Charles Coachman, SRES, San Jose, CA Wed May 14, 2008

It may have have seemed like a tragedy at the time, but when you look back on it, it's just one of those stupid things that people do!
Everyone have a Great Day!

Charles Coachman

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I had scheduled a Saturday mid morning appointment to view a coach home with my client. I was told by the listing office that no one would be home, because the home owner was a single man who was getting married that day. I entered the unit announcing myself and took off my shoes in the front entry, started to look for a place to place the lock box key compartment and pick up literature on the home. My client was ahead of me viewing the living room dining area, when suddenly we both realized that the shower in the bathroom was running. We both realized that the groom to be was in the shower and what we did not want to happen was for him to find us in his living room, or worst yet, for him to step out of the shower with no clothes on thinking he is alone in the home! We immediately made our exit, locking up and making our way to the front hall way near the main door of the coach home, when my buyer shrieked....Vassi...where are your shoes???? Needless to say I had to go back up the stairs enter the home, and retrieve my shoes. Luckily the groom to be was still in the shower and was completely unaware of his visitors.
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I have a buyer's contract on a house and we have been waiting for the sellers' plumber to complete the sewer line replacement which has been taking longer and longer than we want - 6 weeks and counting! Well, I was meeting my buyers at the house since they wanted to do some more measuring and to check the progress on the plumber's work outside. I got there early and was opening windows, turning on lights, etc. to freshen up the place when I came across the commode USED and FULL of someone's dump. I was mortified and embarassed for my buyers. So, shifting into Super Showing Agent mode, I did the obvious.......I flushed the toilet! You can imagine, when I realized what I had done, my embarassment. The sewer pipe wasn't connected to anything at about 30 feet from the house! So far, the plumber hasn't said anything to me or to the sellers. Fingers crossed!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 16, 2008
Thanks for your experiences, here's mine.
My first/funniest experience in real estate was taking a family out to show them a home. The listing agent had told me the home did not have a sign or lockbox on the property, but the family would be home and I just needed to knock first. I got to what I thought was the right property knocked on the door and opened it and announced that I was a Realtor and brought the family in. We started walking through the home, checking out the living room and then down the hallway to bedrooms and guest bathroom the family really liked what they saw and the we headed to the other side of the home and into the dining room where a stunned family was having lunch and watching a sporting event on TV. The husband stands up and wants to know who I am and what am I doing in their house? I said I spoke with your Realtor and he said that it would be okay to knock and walk in. The man stopped me at that point and let me know that their house was not for sale and they did not even know a Realtor, but added I might want to try next door. I apologized for my mistake and headed out, my clients were shocked and I wanted to crawl back into my car and head home. As we walked up the driveway next door and not knowing what to say, I just turned to the family and said I guess we won't be putting an offer in on that home. We all laughed hard, but I really just wanted to get the heck out of there. I don't think that I'll ever forget that day!
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When I wrote my very first offer 1.6M deal- I didn't know where to put the information I need in the form. I just got my license and we haven't even covered the forms in our training. My customer was sitting infront of me waiting for me to find where I can put the numbers. I looked at him and started laughing and grab an apple and started eating. I handed him the form and had him filled out the whole thing. I signed and brought it back to my office. My boss said it was perfect. I thought he will not find out, but the guy called and told him I was brave to hand him the papers and get it completed instead of run or call for assistance. I was embarassed but, hey, I told the truth, I didn't know how to fill out the papers yet.
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I once brought a customer to a house on Elm Street that one of our agents had. He said their was no sign because the customer didn't want one. The customer took one look at it and said he didn't want to go inside. So I went in and left my card in the kitchen (the door was unlocked). I thought, this is the messiest house I've ever seen. As we drove down the cross street, we passed ANOTHER Elm street. My customer wanted to see that house. All I was thinking was I had to get my card back! Finally, we left and went back, and I reached in the door and snagged my card. Luckily the owner hadn't come back. What a riot, can you imagine if he'd come home while I was actually SHOWING it? After relating this at the office, I found out I wasn't the only agent who'd had this experience, in fact one agent showed the wrong (occupied) rental.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 15, 2008
Hi Charles, nice question - so many stories, so little space to post.... Well in the spirit of Michelle's post, I will share that on my first ever appointment, I took my new buyers to the house, and as I approached the door I realized that I had no idea how a lock box worked, hadn't thought to ask for a code, and didn't have the listing agent's number on my to ask for help. As in Michelle's case, they didn't stick around long. Luckily, the embarrassment of that appointment made a big impression and I was much more thorough in preparing for new challenges in future appointments.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 14, 2008
I really want to hear your stupid. At my age there are too many.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 14, 2008

I was going on my very first listing appointment to a property located in The Highlands (A very upscale Subdivision situated around Robert Trent Jones Golf Course). Well I wanted to grab a photo of the property to put in my listing presentation. So I went out there a little early in the day and snapped my photo. Well, as I was getting back into my car a woman came running towards me and I jump out of my car to introduce myself and let her know what I was doing.

Well next thing I hear a huge crash sound..... When I jumped out of my car I forgot to put my car in park and well..... My car was parked on a down hill curve on the street and my car crashed right into a lawn care company's truck. Oh my goodness, the humiliation and embarrassment that over took me made me want to crawl under a rock.

Well, needless to say I had to be back at 5 pm for a listing appointment and I said to the homeowner, "Well there you go, I will be unforgettable to you now. See you at 5 pm". Unfortunately, I didn't get the listing nor did any other REALTOR in town. They did a FSBO and sold it themselves.

Hope this brings a smile to your day!

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