By: James Carney, Principal Broker
Pride of Oregon Real Estate, LLC
I have been conducting real estate business for over 40 years now. I have worked in 8 different states and have watched our business evolve throughout the years. I often think and hear from people outside the business that a REALTOR or a broker’s career is soft work and easy money. “Taint so!
For the sake of humor, mostly, I have a few stories from this side of the fence involving some of my much earlier transactions. I’m pretty sure that agents all over the world have stories of their own, but these are mine.
Most of these events took place many years ago.
One of my very first transactions involved the sale of a home priced at around $22,500 and I had the task of representing both sides.
A complete closing had occurred the previous afternoon and I was to meet both parties at the home to arrange the transfer of keys.
I arrived at the home at 9:00 AM as we had all agreed to and when I pulled up to the home I saw the buyers moving van parked in front of the house and one in the driveway ready to depart.
Immediately upon arrival saw the two men, one scheduled to move out and one to move in on the ground wrestling with each other and each shouting loud obscenities.
I hurried over to where they were, broke them up and yelled for them to stop. They stopped, and I told them each to look at the van with the buyer’s family looking out at the scene with children crying and then to the house with the children there and the mother pressed up against the glass and crying.
It turned out that the buyers had seen the home with certain curtains in one of the bedrooms and the sellers took them down and replaced them with a new curtain. Upon arriving at their new home, the wife who was the new owner noticed that the curtain had been changed and Mr. buyer challenged the sellers on this point.
The departing seller’s wife explained that they were of special importance to her and she didn’t even think about it. The situation continued, and the new buyers finally agreed to accept the replacement curtains if I would also buy them diner. Agreed
People can be funny.
One of my earliest listings was a nice home where agents were to schedule an appointment and then use the Lock box once it was confirmed.
I called my seller’s and spoke to Mrs. Seller. I scheduled an appointment for an afternoon showing at 3:00. She said that was fine and that she would be gone and to use the lock box. I agreed.
I arrived at 2:50 to open the house for a buyer who would be arriving soon. I noted that a heating company service truck was parked in front of the house and I proceeded to open the house, to turn on lights and open drapes for my soon to be arriving buyer.
I walked towards the master bedroom at the end of the hallway to turn on lights there. The door was slightly ajar, and I opened it. To my supreme surprise, there was Mrs. Seller and the heated service man very involved in her sleeping quarters. They both saw me and in a startled hurry they both got up right in front of me and hurriedly began dressing.
A knock on the front door, Mrs. Seller naked in her bedroom, a hurried rush to cover up and to make ready to have the home shown.
Mrs. Seller spoke with me outside after the showing. She asked me if I would keep this quiet and not to tell her husband, hunh?
Didn’t sell the house that day. My first listing and one of my first showings. I think I was 23 years old.
I knew that this was going to be different than the textbooks said.
To be continued