Now for some fun- here are some fun real estate horror stories to get a laugh out of you. These are mostly true, slightly exaggerated, and totally funny!!!
Nicole from Oregon says, “ One time I was showing a house- this was back before cell phones- and the homeowners got a call. Since they weren’t home, and we obviously don’t answer calls, the answering machine picked up. Evidently this homeowner was selling the house in a rather bitter divorce, and the wife really wanted the house to not sell. Lets just say she knew we were there (per the divorce agreement) and she proceeded to tell us all the places they well…you know. And then she told us what all the stains were on the carpet and how the house is cursed, and how awful the neighbors are. Needless to say the house didn’t sell that night….”
Michelle from North Dakota told us about an interesting habit a client of hers had, “
I had this client that had this horrible taste in furniture and color schemes. Well, she wanted her new house to match her current furniture- which was an odd array of colors and I’m not even sure where you buy that kind of stuff. For every single showing she would, kid you not, bring her lounge chair and move it to every room to see if it matched. Rain, sleet, snow, or wind…didn’t matter. I finally refused to load that thing and she eventually went with another agent. Bless them.”
Krysann from Washington told about some sellers that just didn’t quite get it. “My horror story isn’t really anything drastic or out of this world but it was horrific for me as a busy agent, Mom, and wife. I had some sellers that had a beautiful home- custom and old, but redone perfectly. It was every old home lovers dream. Lots of rooms, turns, stunning wood work, and even stained glass windows. However, the family living there were a bunch of slobs. SLOBS. Dishes weeks old would just be lying around, some even moldy. I’m pretty sure they never vacuum or mopped. It wasn’t quite hoarding status when it comes to filth, because it was still livable and functional- just messy. The potential profit of this house, with a simple clean up, was huge for me. However, no matter how many times I begged or kindly told or came and cleaned before a viewing- they refused to clean. They just didn’t get it. The house literally sat on the market for over a year before someone finally purchased it! It was worth it in the end, but for that year I literally worked my butt off to sell it. It’s something I still tell when my clients and I get talking. I’m slightly ashamed I was so stubborn, and proud.
Tracey from California tell us that even creepy old men buy houses….” One time I had a client that had inherited a good sum of money. He was clearly um, a little weird and proud of it. He had an addiction he wanted to keep doing (I shall not mention what it was) and he wanted a home that would help him continue this habit. It wasn’t anything illegal or dangerous so I did my best to remain professional but he would explain in detail why he needed certain things certain ways and it took a very very very long time to find it. But we did, and he’s happy now. “
Carolyn from New York once said, “ This one client was always late, and often times too high to pay attention. She wouldn’t say a thing while walking through the home unless it was about the homeowners personal style, and her expectations were completely unrealistic- even for the wealthy. After about five minutes (mind you it took an hour in traffic to get there, and then I would wait another hour as she was late) she would be done and say no. She would hop in her car with her driver and speed off. We looked at hundreds of houses before she decided she wasn’t ready to move and wanted to think about things for a while. It was a complete time suck- I wanted to scream at her. But, we always must remain professional!! After a year she called me back and said she stumbled upon a a place she thought she would really like- so we scheduled a viewing. She bought the house full price that day and gave me quite the bonus to boot. All in all I made enough to retire on that one client.
Sometimes the struggles are worth it!