A Realtor's worst nightmare

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

I brought a listing on today, and it's a Realtor's worse nightmare.

Yes, yes... I know, that Tammie White has told us that "Not all listings are worth having..." so true.  So I'm sure you're wondering what it is about this listing that makes it a Realtor's nightmare.

Must be a total wreck... right?  No, it's not a total wreck.. in fact it's neat and tidy, and shows rather nicely.

Hmm... then it must be a Grandma-house... someone's lived there for 30 years, and hasn't updated a thing... flocked wallpaper in every room, and double (on the ceilings) in the bathrooms!?.  Nope... the house has been nicely updated... new kitchen, new baths... updated electrical... updated copper plumbing... new roof in 2012... nicely painted in decorator colours, hardwood flooring, wood blinds, and three large bay windows with lots of light.

Sounds lovely, right?  So what part of this is a nightmare?  Must be next to a toxic waste dump, or a pig farm, and the yard must have abandoned cars in it... you know... if you have a car with no wheels in your front yard.... ya might be a redneck?   Nope. Located in a lovely neighbourhood, and professionally landscaped and cared for.

Allright... allright... then is must be pricing.  It must be hilariously overpriced!!  No, it's actually reasonably priced, and under the pricing of it's main competition.

So there's only one thing left... the seller must be very, very difficult to work with.  Bingo!  Now you've hit the nail on the head.  The seller is a giant pain in my ass... he thinks he knows everything, you can't tell him a thing.  He knows the neighbourhood, knows what all his neighbors have sold for, understands the market, and wants constant updates.

Why, Oh, Why, you ask, did you agree to accept this listing, Alan!?  You're smarter than that... it's those difficult... nay "toxic" clients that steal your will to live!!  You know that!!

Yeah... I know that... sometimes, you just want to shoot yourself, rather than communicate with the unruly bastard.  But this is one of those listings that I just couldn't avoid.  It's kind of a personal favour... a family member, you know the kind.  And in addition to having to deal with this curmudgeon, yes, I also gave him the "friends and family" discount.

Wish me luck folks, the seller is me.

And, of course, he's already on me... 'cause the listing isn't in the MLS yet... in fact the photos were just taken today, so it won't be active for a couple of days, while we wait for the professional photos to come in, and this guy is already all over me, like white-on-rice.  What a pill, I may have to fire him.

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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
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As I was reading this, I scrolled up twice to see if it was "Members Only"  Why would Alan write this, and actually before I read the punchline, I realized who you were referring to ;-) 

October 02, 2012 01:03 PM #86
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Carla - yeah... I figured some would figure it out pre-punch-line... and some wouldn't.  I wrote this tongue planted firmly in cheek.

October 02, 2012 01:19 PM #87
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Ha ha, gotta love those "informed" sellers.  No matter what you say they know best.  Good luck, hope all turns out well.

October 02, 2012 01:22 PM #88
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Just like Carla #86, before I got to your punchline, I scrolled up to see if it was a members only post and when I saw that it wasn't, I thought, wow, you got guts. :)

 

October 02, 2012 01:22 PM #89
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Kramer Vs. Kramer-The Movie got nothing on May Vs. May-The Blog. After reading this blog,I completely understand why you have a pill at the bottom of your blog. After reading this blog,I may have to start taking pills-Clever pills that is.

October 02, 2012 03:40 PM #90
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Shane - sometimes they actually do.

Pam - oh... I got guts alright... beer guts.

Lanre - let me know if you figure out where to get those.

October 02, 2012 06:10 PM #91
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Hi Alan,

This sounds like you're going to have to meet with Mr. Know it all and set him straight :)

Remember you’re the professional!

Enjoy your meeting with Mr. Seller.

 

October 02, 2012 09:54 PM #92
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Alan,

What a pain in the behind you are!  lol, seriously only kidding.  I enjoyed the post and I know how you feel.  I am certain it will be one of the best listings you have ever had :)  BTW, treat the client right, he may turn into a repeat client for life!

October 02, 2012 09:57 PM #93
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Alan - Selling your own home and having yourself for a client.  Ahh . . . you're a brave man.

Just make sure you listen to your own advice.

October 02, 2012 10:40 PM #94
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Alan this listing should be fun. So do you have a two sided hat, one that says Realtor and the other says seller. There must be some very good conversations going on in your head through the process. At least there is no issue when it comes to communication. Great post that had me wondering "Why the heck did he take the listing?" Best of luck.

October 02, 2012 11:08 PM #95
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Wandanna - I meet with Mr. Know It All, each and every day... (did you miss the part where the seller is ME?)

Christina - oh... don't worry... it's not the first time I've heard that.

Christine - there's a fine line between brave, and stupid.

Roy - had me wondering, too.

October 03, 2012 06:05 AM #96
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i happen to think you have a terrific client. Good luck with the sale!
Margaret

October 04, 2012 12:41 PM #97
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Margaret - oh... just wait.  You don't know a person, until you list their home.

October 04, 2012 12:44 PM #98
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Maybe if you work really, really hard for this pain-in-the neck Seller he will become a great source of referrals for you.

 

But seriously, good luck with the sale of your home, Alan. Hope it is quick and painless! 

October 04, 2012 02:00 PM #99
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Alan: I couldn't resist being the 100th comment.  You are witty, no doubt about it!

October 04, 2012 02:47 PM #100
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Julie - you're right... I could milk him for referrals.

Anita - well, maybe only "half".

October 04, 2012 05:51 PM #101
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I actually saw this coming Alan.  Just be careful you don't cut off all communication with the seller!  :-)

October 06, 2012 05:07 AM #102
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Gabe - I'll see what I can do.

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Oh this is indeed going to be one of your toughest listings!!! <---- yep!  I did need to use three exclamation points!  Well, five if you want to get technical!  Oops, now 6!  Yikes!  It just doesn't stop!!!

 

October 07, 2012 02:20 PM #104
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Laura - it's an addiction!  (oh, great, now you've got ME doing it!).

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