The One That Got Away - She Took a Bite Out of My Sale

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Venture Realty International

Clipart - DogNot only can big dogs take a bite out of crime -- they can definitely take a bite out of your sales. 

Years ago I had a great listing.  Great price and in a popular neighborhood.  My Sellers were wonderful.

But they had two huge dogs. They were Pit Bulls.  The sellers insisted on keeping the dogs in the house, but in their kennels so the house could be shown.

The sellers said Crista was viscous and a little bit crazy.  I think even they were a little bit afraid of Crista. They even locked her up when friends visited.

One day I got a frantic call from another agent. She was at the door but could hear the dog barking.  We set an appointment for the next day - her buyers really wanted this home. 

Next day the sellers confirmed the dogs were locked up tight -- but the same thing happened so I raced over.  I could hear the dogs clear in the back of the house.

I opened the door and leading the way started through the house.  The other agent and buyers were not trusting and stayed way back.  I kept talking to the dogs as I walked. 

Finally, I came around the corner in the back and looked at the kennels --- and then I stared at Crista who was not in her kennel. She was growling and I think my heart stopped. 

Clipart - DogAnyway, I kept talking calmly (I don't know how) to Crista and started backing out. In the same tone of voice I asked everyone to get out first - to stay out of my way and most important - not to shut the door. 

Somehow I made it out with Crista only feet away as we went all the way back through the house.  I have to admit, I slammed the door as I left.

The buyers and agent decided that it was enough and were gone.  The sellers could not believe that Crista had managed to escape her kennel and even more they were astounded that she had not had me for lunch. 

I learned if you want to sell your home - let the animals get a head start on moving because I will not list it if there are dogs in the house.

 

 

 

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Maria Morton
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758
BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes

Gary, that was scary! You were lucky to get out without being harmed.

November 28, 2011 11:31 AM
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Cheryl Dickson
Grand Junction
RETIRED - Realtor, GRI / Home Inspector

So, So lucky you made it out in one piece! I have a pit bull bite on my left arm. It was very bad, I had treatment in and out of the hospital for more than a month. Mine was an accidental unintended bite. I can't imagine how bad it would have been if she had really been after me. (She went after my puppy, and I got bit while rescuing him.)

November 29, 2011 04:03 AM
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Brenda Whitman
Associate Broker, Laramie, Wyoming
CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center, Inc., Laramie, Wyoming

Yikes!  I felt like I was right there with you.... you must have done something right that day!

November 29, 2011 11:07 PM
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Kathy Schowe
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That is a SCARY story!  I have been pretty lucky in avoiding the dogs... and I love the picture of your kitty!  Great post!  Kathy

November 30, 2011 01:03 AM
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Gary Coles
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Maria, It was scary and I really felt lucky. 

Cheryl, Wow -- It sounds like you had a bad experience. And it sounds like your puppy is lucky to have you to rescue him.

Brenda, I don't know what I did right except not panic.  I realized that no matter what, I had to remain calm and keep talking to Crista in a normal tone of voice -- it worked. 

Kathy, Thank you. I'm glad that you have been lucky.  And thanks for the compliment for Yazmine.

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