Locked Inside!

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

Today, I previewed a condo that could have been really gorgeous - or not.  It had a fabulous virtual tour, but I suspected that it might have had a pretty high funk factor with the location.  It's in Columbia Heights, an emerging neighborhood that is probably about a half renovated, and half a little funky.  So I wanted to check out the block before I showed it. 

And, yeah.  The block was a little bit dodgy, with a bunch of boarded up buildings.  Although in this town, especially in Columbia Heights, that often means renovations about to happen.  Still, I made sure the car alarm was on and I hid my purse under my trench coat before I got out to open the lock box.

It was a short sale, so I didn't have real high expectations.  But other than being slightly soiled, it was a pretty nice place.  Still, I didn't think that a home inspector would treat it kindly though, because the renovations were looking a little thin at the elbows.

Anyway, I went through the place, stepped over clutter left by the former occupant, then locked up, hoping my car would still be there. 

So I went down the two flights of stairs and when I pushed the front door open, nothing happened.  I looked around for a button to push or a keyhole that might unlock it, but nothing!  Yikes!

There were only three units in the building, it was mid-day, and nobody was home.  I'd left my listing information with the agent's contact in the car, so I started to feel a little trapped, and nervous! 

Then I noticed the for sale sign, and I could barely make out the agent's phone number!  So I called, and then she actually answered her phone!  And she talked me through the somewhat complex instructions for getting out of the place! 

I don't think I've ever been so happy to have a colleague pick up a phone!  And if my client does want to see the place, at least I'll know how to get us out of there!

And yeah, the car was fine.  I didn't get mugged.  And as I realized that this was about a neighborhood that was hip and trendy waiting to happen, I started to feel a little old.

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Patricia Kennedy
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Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.

Martin, describing a neighborhood as part renovated, part boarded up and part untouched is not even close to violating the fair housing laws.  And if I hadn't liked it, I wouldn't have gone there to preview for a client. 

March 01, 2010 10:31 AM
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Carole L. MacCollum
Broker/Realtor 207-337-4792
The Masiello Group Wells, Maine

Good grief, I would have been horrified!  Been locked OUT before but never IN!  Glad it all turned out OK!

March 01, 2010 12:17 PM
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Alexsandra Stewart
Broker - Portland Oregon Real Estate
Remax equity group

Oh -- trapped inside a vacant house -- my worst fear realized!  Thank goodness you had not left your cell phone inside the car -- which I have been known to do!  Not in the future though!

March 01, 2010 02:07 PM
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John Savignano
Realtor - Hopkinton and Metrowest MA Real Estate
RE/MAX Executive

a great war story, for sure. Worse than being stuck in an elevator. I am glad it worked out! Lesson- keep your cell phone with you at all times!!

March 01, 2010 03:07 PM
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Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc

Patricia:

Another good reason to let people know where you are going and with whom!

Ty

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Pat Kennedy -- author of The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate -- gives you a look at life on the streets as a real estate broker in our nation's capital. And her blog is peppered with great advice combined with humor!