Why The Police Showed Up While I Showed A House Today

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP

I took one of my buyers to view a home today and while doing so encountered an experience that I never would have imagined possible. I still can't put <it> together. How could this happen? The home I showed backs up to a very thick and wooded area. It's not easy to manuver around as you'll see in the video below. Usually when I walk through a backyard I anticipate the possibility of a loose dog, or perhaps a mouthy one next door. There's nothing worse than showing a buyer who is suddenly turned off by a growling dog who is scraping at the fence with anxiety and frustration. As you can imagine this doesn't always go over well with a buyer. Today I saw what I thought was a huge dog through the cracks of the fence. As I got closer I realized this couldn't have been a dog! No way. It was too big, too hairy, too bulky and too still.

I'll preface the video below by letting you know that the house we viewed was in a residential restricted neighborhood with an active HOA.


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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)





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Gary Frimann
California Broker and REALTOR
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates

That was a great video.  THanks for starting my day with a chuckle.  Just glad it didn't happen to me.

February 11, 2013 09:05 AM
Liz Wallace
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N
Century 21 Sherlock Homes

I bet those cops use to be cowboys.  You win the prize for the craziest showing ever.  I just can't imagine what the prize will be.

February 11, 2013 09:14 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time

I've said it before and I'll say it again . . . you have THE BEST stories ever!  I've seen some post on AR with snakes, large bugs, the assorted dogs and cats but never a small herd of bovine . . . and a mule. 

February 11, 2013 09:17 AM
Mike & Eve Alexander
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
Buyers Broker of Florida

The strangest thing I have run into, besides naked sellers, is an alligator pit (with a 6 ft, gator) in the family room and a black panther on the caged back porch...poor animals. 


Eve in Orlando

February 11, 2013 09:41 AM
Pippa Mac
The Woodlands TX Real Estate
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring

Only in Texas!   ha ha ha ... that would be the shock of a lifetime!  pippa

February 11, 2013 09:51 AM
Samantha Smith
Sam I Am, d+b Real Estate, Lake Ray Hubbard Realto
214.422.0729 www.SamIAmHouses.com

Oh that's Ha~larious!!! They were tagged too, so they'll be easy to track the owner ~ wonder if they belonged to the home owners or if they stole them. hmmmm 

February 11, 2013 10:25 AM
Pete X-Investment to Luxury, Huntington Beach, CA -GRI-MCNE 714.459.2017 OCLister.com
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide
X Group Real Estate Advocates
Was the donkey having an interspecie relationship?
February 11, 2013 10:44 AM
Maria Morton
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758
BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes

It looks like the Sheriff and police officer are experienced cow herders! 

February 11, 2013 10:58 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Los Angeles / Valley Homes
Mannis Real Estate Group

it is so clever that you did immediately video on it.

Key to success: to be ready.

Too bad, that cows don't come with the house...:)

February 11, 2013 12:12 PM
Stephanie Stringer
Mortgage Loan Originator
First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764

Looks like the Sherrif was pretty experienced in herding the cows.  You had me laughing hard with your narration of the video.  

February 11, 2013 12:21 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

I sold a house with turkeys once, but never cattle ...although with the price of beef that may not be a bad amenity!

February 11, 2013 12:41 PM
Gail Nyman
Every House Has A Story
Re/Max United Real Estate
Too funny! You were thinking quickly with you video camera out! One for the books!
February 11, 2013 12:43 PM
Pam Graham
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties
All Real Estate Options

Well that is one showing you and the buyers will NEVER forget! Guess the cows didn't see the disclosure about the zoning laws. :)

February 11, 2013 01:51 PM
Harry F. D'Elia
Investor , Mentor, CSSN, Radio Coach, REOs, ABR
Precision Real Estate Inc.

I had the police shake me down a few years ago in a neighborhood in the morning because I was looking at an empty home going to foreclosure that morning. The investor was quite shocked. Just another day for me.

February 11, 2013 02:15 PM
Dawn A Fabiszak
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!
Keller Williams Real Estate ( Denver metro area, Colorado

Greg ~ that was hysterical!  That is not something you would see here in the Denver metro area.  Technology is so wonderful these days.

February 11, 2013 06:23 PM
Sean Young
Colorado loan officer
Home Loans by Sean Young - FirstCal Mortgage

Nice, this will make for a good story for years to come. I remember back in 13 I had to wrestle with cows and donkeys just to show a house. Times were tough.  I didn’t have it easy like you punk Realtors today. 


February 11, 2013 06:26 PM
Tammie White
TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net

Isn't that what Texas is known for--cattle? I'd be a little surprised seeing that staring back at me as well.


February 11, 2013 08:14 PM
Mary Stewart
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone

What a great story and surprise.  The officers handled them really well, and from the great Texas accent of the girls and the cattle, it had to be Texas.  What a great state.

February 12, 2013 11:03 AM
Joseph D. Federico
Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate
Donahue Real Estate Co.


Thanks for sharing, and for starting my day with a good laugh.

February 13, 2013 05:46 AM
Jerri McCombs
Advanced Virtual Assistant
Advanced Virtual Assistant

Wow, crazy. Quick thinking Realtor® with camera and popo's ready for anything...

February 13, 2013 05:44 PM
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