Ain't the world a bit strange?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

I just had a drive-by sign call, from someone inquiring about one of my co-ops.  The woman at the end of the line, needed to know if DOGS were allowed.  It didn't. She sounded very confused, very tentative and very young.

As our conversation progressed, I discovered that her family home had been sold out from under her, and she was required to move out in less than 10 days, and was truly searching for a rental.  She was being bequeathed, however by the estate, enough money to use as a down payment... and we began speaking about potential purchases.

I sent her an e-mail with about 40 properties that might suit her, that do accept dogs.

If she notes something that might work... she might consider buying instead of renting.

Ain't the world a bit strange?

ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate
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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

 
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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois

   

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Jennifer Monroe
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Here is where your selling skills come in from the pasture. This is a golden opportunity to corral her into her very own stall :)

I will await the results ;-) Now go rope her in!!

May 19, 2009 06:53 PM #1
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Joanna Szwyd
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What a great agent you are, Alan. Always thinking, always thinking:))

May 19, 2009 07:20 PM #2
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Alan May
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Jennifer... I don't consider myself a "salesmen" at all.  There will be no "roping".

Thank you Joanna.. I try to keep the grey matter active

May 19, 2009 07:23 PM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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I am constantly amazed at how many people have pets before they own a property and expect them to be welcomed by landlords.  To me it seems you should grow up, buy a house, and then get a pet.  But that shows how old and old-fashioned I am.

May 19, 2009 08:52 PM #4
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Janna Scharf
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FOR SURE, the world is MORE than a bit strange.  Isn't this a great business, where we can occasionally actually make a difference for the better in someone's life!

May 19, 2009 09:16 PM #5
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Teresa K. Nelson
Windermere Real Estate HLC - Woodinville, WA

What an awesome thing for her that she got in touch with you. You get to help her attain the American Dream. Good Luck!

May 19, 2009 11:01 PM #6
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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Barbara - if you were truly "old fashioned" we wouldn't be finding you here on AR.... you techno-geek, you!

Janna - it is a great business.

Teresa - we'll see if that actually happens... but yes... awesome.

May 20, 2009 07:33 AM #7
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Caren Wallace
John L. Scott Real Estate - Tualatin, OR
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Alan, nothing strange about you making a buyer out of a renter! That is our job and obviously you do it very well!

May 20, 2009 07:34 AM #8
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Alan May
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I guess, Caren, the "strange" for me, was the fact that she had 10-days to move out and find a place to live.  But thanks for the compliment.

May 20, 2009 07:43 AM #9
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Good stuff.....good stuff happens in every form and fashion and even in ways that we didn't / don't fathom.  'Good testimonial here.

May 20, 2009 08:12 AM #10
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Alan May
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thank you Sir Bettag.  Good stuff does happen.  All day, every day... we just have to work to "get in front of it".

May 20, 2009 08:27 AM #11
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JL Boney, III
Russell and Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC
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Sometimes people just fall in your lap. I have seen people come in the office in search of a rental and end up buying because they see something they can afford. Best of luck to you Alan.

May 20, 2009 09:43 AM #12
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thanks JL... I'll let you know if anything comes of it.

May 20, 2009 10:03 AM #13
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Betina Foreman
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I think Barbara needs to be more open minded. Peoples circumstances can change at the drop of a hat. If my husband died tomorrow I would have to sell my home and I have two dogs that I could never get rid of. They are my kids. Life throws you curve balls and you have to adapt and come out swinging!!

Good job converting her to a sale. In my book that is better for the client too as it allows them to start building wealthy instead of just paying rent. Good job!!

May 23, 2009 04:05 PM #14
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Alan May
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We all have to adapt to take care of our little charges, don't we Betina.

May 23, 2009 05:17 PM #15
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Barbara sounds almost cruel. There are many people who rent and have dogs, cats, or aquariums. I don't see how that indicates that they haven't grown up yet. The two are not related.

Yeah, Betina!

May 24, 2009 05:24 AM #16
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nah, Russel, Barbara is truly sweet.  She's clearly coming at this from a slightly different perspective.  Maybe she's been a landlord for a while.  We all know how "reasonable" tenants can be.

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