My Pet Peeve Of The Day!

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

It was a pretty cute house, vacant and on electronic lockbox.  Box near the side door on the right side of the house facing the street. 

OK, that sounds pretty easy.  I meet my buyer at the house, pull out my little magic lock box opener, and wait!  I see a combination box on the rail by the side door.  And there is no electronic box in sight.

So I call the first listing agent.  On vacation.  Her message says she's in Europe until mid-June. I feel a little jealous.  Where is she?  Paris?  Rome?

Next I call listing agent Number 2.  She's out of town and left the number of the guy covering for them. 

Then I call cover guy.  No answer.  No message to welcome me to his voice mail.  When I called the office, the agent who answered the phone was kind enough to give me his email address and said he was compulsive about his Blackberry.  So I emailed him.

I felt myself metomorphizing into an angry green tinged type-A wacko agent! 

Neighbors came out and tried to find us the key that they had under somebody's door mat, but no luck!  And then, as I was about to do a type-A pollen dance, cover guy called me. 

"Look on the exterior hose bib on the west side of the house," he said.  And I couldn't find it.  He finally walked me over the phone to the lockbox location, and there it was!

Now, they forgot that there were bulbs planted all around the hose bib.  They've been growing like weeks with the Seattle style rain we've been having.  They were eating the pretty blue electronic lockbox, and it was really hard to find.

So, all you listing agents, if you want to put the lockbox in a "discreet" location, put better information in your showing instructions, like

"Bring your machete!"

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Kristal Kraft
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All I could think to say was, "Watch out for snakes!"  What the heck are they thinking putting a l/b out of view.  Sherlock Homes we ain't!

:)

kk

May 28, 2008 09:28 AM
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Vickie Arcuri
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Isn't it just the worst when that happens??!!  A couple of weeks ago, there was one that I didn't find at all and another one had the key missing (apparently the key had been taken by the Agent viewing the home right before us, it was never returned, the Listing Agent had to get another key made, and we returned the next day to view it). 

May 28, 2008 11:49 AM
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Patricia, "Bring your machete!" to funny. Glad you were able to find the needle in the hay stack. Hope you sold it!

May 28, 2008 03:49 PM
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Pat - I have had similar experiences! It can indeed be frustrating!!!

May 30, 2008 09:27 AM
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Pat - This was very entertaining. It's interesting to see what i missed while away! Been there, done that!

June 06, 2008 02:57 PM
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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!