Native Californian's Are Such Whimps!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group

There I said it and I'm not taking it back. It's almost laughable that we natives seem to come to a screeching halt when we get a trickle of water on our windshields. This happens not only on our freeways, but open houses, broker tours, caravans, all get canceled as well.

Last week I did what every Realtor typically does in preparation for an open house. You know, the scheduling, coordinating with the owner, ad in the newspaper, research in the neighborhood for comps, shopping for sweets and beverages to offer the public and door knocking a few days ahead of time to prepare the neighbors for the flood of cars that will be filtering in and out of their neighborhood.

Let me be very clear what happened the day of my open house...a rain had come through the night before depositing a nice wet blanket on our streets. I woke to slick roads, but certainly no real rain, perhaps a slight drizzle at best. I proceeded to finish my open house preparations by hauling all my signs from my storage into the trunk of my car, packed the car with my brochures on the property, and loaded up the sweets for the public consumption. I headed out to grab a quick bite to eat (as I don't feel it appropriate that I be chomping on a Subway sandwich when I greet the public).

As I'm walking into Subway, my cell phone rings and it's the seller calling to see if I'm still holding the open house. By this time there is no longer even a drizzle so I tell her that I'm almost there and will be arriving at our scheduled time. At this point in the conversation we get the proverbial pregnant pause before the seller informs me that she doesn't want people walking on her carpets after the rain. Although I assure her that I'll be asking the public to remove footwear, she still insists on canceling.

I went home and watched (very appropriately I might add) Gone With The Wind...

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Rainmaker
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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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I hate Open Houses partly for this reason.  But, one of my best was when I did an Open during a snow storm.  I was ther 4 hours and we had nearly 5 inches in that time.  I had 12 couples come through.  Although it didn't sell that day...I have wished for snow in July at times!

October 07, 2010 10:31 AM
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Brian Rugg
Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-966-3200

Hello Sheila:

Is there still anything such as a Native Californian? Having lived there for five years a long time ago I thought they had become extinct.  Good luck with your next open house.

October 07, 2010 10:43 AM
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Tish Lloyd
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches
BlueCoast Realty Corporation

Sheila, just goes to show we're always at the whim of our Clients and Customers.  Darn, sorry about that!  Now, were the situation reversed and you wanted to cancel  .  .  .  never mind.

October 07, 2010 11:20 AM
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Sheila Rasak
Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group

William, yes, I hear you! Once you've had a successful experience, it's time to realize that there is some success in holding opens. I sold a home at an open on Mother's Day! Rugg Realty...You're looking at a born and raised Southern Cali girl! We do exist (although close to extinction). And Tish, you said it without saying it! That being said, I'm getting better by the day in setting respectful boundaries for my clients.

Rain, snow, or shine...go get 'em and sell those houses!

October 07, 2010 11:37 AM
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Donne Knudsen
CalState Realty Services
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Sheila - From another native SoCA gal, born and raised in Santa Monica.  LOL  Anyway, sorry to hear about your open house; that's such a drag.  I was talking to a Realtor friend yesterday from TO and she too was telling me that they only had a few opens on their caravan too because some had been cancelled.  SERIOUSLY!!!   It was just drizzling and all the Realtors went out anyway.  :)

October 07, 2010 12:44 PM
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Sheila Rasak
Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group

Donne,

Well it's no wonder why I like you! I too was actually born in Santa Monica at St. John's. And yes, seriously, I am NOT in the least bit surprised that the Thousand Oaks caravan was cancelled due to rain (over here rolling my eyes).

And we wonder why it's taking our nation so long to recover? Let's just think outside the box for a moment, please. How about taking off our shoes to view the property or wearing the surgical booties that are offerd at the higher priced homes?

So many Realtors fail because something might take just a little more effort than they're willing to give. The good news on that is in a difficult market like the one we are currently experiencing, dedicated professionals stay in the game. 

October 08, 2010 05:04 PM
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Donne Knudsen
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LOL  I was a St. Johns baby too.  What a small world.  The same can be said for many of my fellow MLO's.  So many choose not to do certain kinds of loans because they take more time and energy to close.  More for me to work.  :)

Have a good weekend Sheila.  Its supposed to be warm and dry.  :)

October 08, 2010 05:15 PM
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Sheila - I "guess" I can understand a seller having some hesitation about having an open in what they may consider "threatening conditions."  Still, it does address the motivation of the seller ... in my experience, the people who come out on "bad" days are really the ones who are motivated.  We are all concerned about buyer apathy ... here was an opportunity to weed out the tire kickers .... and just work with folks who are demonstrating real interest. 

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