Category: True Stories

Mission Improbable

“We’d like you to find us a home on acreage in the Centennial school district.”
“You do know Centennial is geographically one of the smallest school districts in the state?”…

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Why I Answer My Phone When Ever Possible

15 years ago, I answered a phone call on the day of a Christmas evening gathering. They wanted to see a listing of mine as soon as possible.   With a glance at the time I said, “Of course, I can meet you in an hour at the property.”…

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One of My First Land Sales

Many years ago, before cell phones, I was in the real estate office answering calls and working the floor. A man about 3 times my age walked in and said he wanted to buy the 8 acres I had just listed…

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My First Open House Sale

It was 1977 and I was in a builder model, daily, for weeks, with very little traffic and no results; a lonely outpost. In a moment of exasperation, I flagged down the mailman just to talk to someone…

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My First Purchase Agreement

In the beginning, 1977, my first purchase agreement was memorable.  I was working with a young couple my age buying their first home; baby boomers. They were insistent on finding a rambler, even though I had found a split entry that would meet their needs perfectly…

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Call Me When You’re Serious

Remember when you said, “CALL me when you are serious about selling? Well, now I’m serious.” It had been over six years since I made that flippant remark to an old acquaintance.  Little did I know, he would try 5 different real estate companies and the who’s who of agents before he called the Joyer Home Team of Keller Williams Premier Realty…

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My Angriest Client

The receptionist paged me, “Can you come to the lobby and meet with someone? He’s upset.” I met. I listened, for about an hour. He wanted to know what his options were for retribution. Should he go to the manager? The Broker? The Board of Realtors? Or the Commissioner of Commerce? Maybe all of them…

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The Buyer Just Lost Her Job

It was my job to deliver the disappointing news just two weeks before closing, “The buyer of your house just lost her job and is canceling. Which means your purchase is at risk of canceling too.” (Painful pause) “So here’s the plan: we negotiate your purchase into a 48-hour contingency sale. We re-list your property at the modestly reduced price of the previous agreement and start a full-court press with marketing.”…

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The Rest of the Story: 7 of 7

We’ve shared the stories about the lost moving van keys in a scary neighborhood, the seller who took 3 extra days to move, the washer and dryer tussle, the 350-pound home inspector who tested floor joists but not roofs…

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Hilltop Flood Plain: 6 of 7

“What do you mean…the house is in a flood plain?  It’s on top of a hill surrounded by Oaks.”  As ridiculous as it may seem, flood plain has very little to do with elevations and everything to do with mapping…

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