HOT Closings

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Verani Realty

This was a difficult transaction that after many delays was finally given the clear to close. Because of the delays we had no say in the time or location of the closing. So it was scheduled at an attorneys office and was being fit into his tight schedule to accommodate us. This office was huge, brand new with big shiny furniture and impressive law books lining the walls. Conference room

When I arrived with my customers we were put in a big conference room. I took a seat near one end of the huge table and put my pocket book and brief case on the floor.

We made small talk while waiting for the sellers to arrive. It was a beautiful sunny day in New Hampshire and the sun streamed through the huge windows of the conference room bathing everything in a warm glow. It was so comfortable and relaxing that I could have fallen asleep.

When the sellers and listing agent arrived, about 10 minutes late, they joined us in the conference room.

I placed my file on the table and the other agent did the same with hers.

We all sat across the table from each other making awkward small talk while awaiting the arrival of the closing attorney. He was running late we were told...finally he arrived a bit harried and pressed for time.

Of course, it was our fault, he was now very behind schedule...all the delays and then this last minute scheduling. While I was grateful I was annoyed by his cavalier attitude.

I ignored the minor attitude and he started the closing. Soon after I noticed a funny smell. Not sure what it was I kept my mouth shut, a bit unusual for me for sure. 

No one else seemed to notice but the smell seemed to get stronger as the attorney moved his huge pile of closing Documents around. Good grief it smelled bad I thought to myself but no one else acted like they smelled anything at all.

I know everyone was nervous but did nerves affect the sense of smell? I didn't think so. It started to get real bad...I had to say something. 

"Whats that smell?" I blurted out.

"New office smell?"  The Co-broke suggested.

"Hmmm" the attorney mumbled as he looked up above his glasses at me. As if I was a nut case

"Gross"... the buyer said.

Mr. Seller stood up and said "something is burning."  With that said we all got up, stood and looked at each other not knowing what to do. But we could all smell something.  Finally, I walked over to the book shelves and did a sniff test and the attorney went to get a staff member to help. Now he was really running late and very irritated.

Maybe something died somewhere in here? But it really smelled like something was burning. We were all milling about the room, so nice and new and shiny and expensive...smelling fire but seeing nothing. No smoke...nothing but the smell. As we picked up our stuff, gathered our paperwork and files...the smell started to overwhelm us...it was so strong.

The decision was made to evacuate the building as the smell was just horrible. No matter where we went I could smell it. We went out the front waiting area...the smell was there too! Now we're all starting to panic.

Everyone was told to leave the building and we all proceeded to walk out the door clutching our important files. 

While waiting the arrival of the fire department, we stood and talked about trying to do the closing outside.

Suddenly the wind shifted and we could smell that burning smell outside with us!!!! We walked around in circles the 7 of us trying to figure where the fire was and how come it came outside with us. The attorney was clearly upset.

For some reason the smell was worse near me...a real strong burning smell. Everyone started to look at me and then my buyer shouted "Monika your pocket book is smoking!!" I thought she was kidding...the attorney looked at  me over his glasses again...oh that look!  The Co-broker screamed "your bag is on fire"... I dropped my nice new leather bag that I was clutching under my arm to the ground...it opened and I could see it was smoldering inside!!!All my papers where burned to a crisp, my make-up fried! OMG!!!

Talk about uncomfortable closings...I could not look anyone in eye after that.  So far I've never had another closing with that attorney! 

My pocket book pretty much ruined in the inside...my pride totally destroyed. 

Pocket book...$125.00 

Make up...$250.00 

Memories of this closing...Priceless  

 

 

 

 



 

 

 Jay and Monika McGillicuddy

Prudential Verani Realty

Hampstead NH  

603-548-7728

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty/Hampstead - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Nick...A book of matches started it. They were inside my purse.   Here is the link about the hole in the floor...Some Days You Work Nights....Have a good laugh!!! 

 

Ghandi...You're right they are never the same. But that is what keeps it interesting..don't ya think?

 

Carla...LOL thanks so much Carla...I'm glad you got a good laugh.

May 01, 2007 04:59 PM #27
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Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

That will be a hard closing to follow. 

It did make for a really great story:)

May 01, 2007 06:32 PM #28
Rainer
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker
Thanks Jim and Maria...okay which one of you left the comment?
May 01, 2007 06:44 PM #29
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Neal Bloom
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Now Monika why did you have matches in your pocket book? A little ciggy break?

HAHA!

That was some story...how was the attorney after the fire went out?

May 02, 2007 07:20 PM #30
Rainmaker
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Neal Bloom
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Hey Monika,

I guess you and Jay are not back from the heavy partying?

Hangover?

May 09, 2007 02:26 PM #31
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Gary J. Rocks
Werner Realty - West Milford, NJ

Monica

That was funny, I thought for sure you were going to tell us the Attorney was farting

May 09, 2007 03:00 PM #32
Rainmaker
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty/Hampstead - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Neal...I'm a former smoker :)

Going on ten years smoke free but I like carrying matches around. You just never know when you  might need them.  We've had a family wedding and been partying it up a little bit.

 

Gary..I thought he was farting when I started to smell that burning smell...LOL!

May 09, 2007 08:59 PM #33
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Vickie Wyman
All Access Real Estate Associates NH/VT - Haverhill, NH

OMG! I can't tell you how much I needed this LAUGH, Life has been crazy busy, and reading this post was just great.

I Love it....Keep burning them up..LOL

 

May 16, 2007 04:07 PM #34
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Sue Argue
Staged First Impressions - Hampton, NH
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Monika,

I was away for couple weeks and just catching up with AR reading...this blog is very funny!!!

What a great video that would have made. Can you and Jay re-enact this and tape it? Ha!

May 20, 2007 09:11 PM #35
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Maggie Dokic
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Monika, I was certain this was a fart story.  You can't make this stuff up.  It's hysterical!  To think you picked up the fire and carried it with you... ha ha ha ha ha 

Jun 22, 2007 08:30 PM #36
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Vicki Watzlawick
Broker Owner (The Watz Team) - Algonquin, IL
Illinois Foreclosure Expert, The Watz Team
Now that gives the true meaning of Feeling HOT HOT HOT!  Wow..$250.00  that's a lot of makeup!  Are you sure you aren't a Mary Kay agent in disguise?
Jun 22, 2007 08:56 PM #37
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker

LOL...My god I never saw these comments!  Vickie Wyman and Sue Argue...I'm sorry!

Maggie...LOL I understand it sounds like a Fart story for sure.

Vickie...250.00 was my entire stash of make-up...can't leave home without it <gg>. 

Thanks for commenting! 

Jun 22, 2007 09:01 PM #38
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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
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I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time... but my gosh, what a "smoking deal". LOL
Jun 22, 2007 09:04 PM #39
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker
Silvia...I was dying at the time especially when I found out all along it was me! LOL!
Jun 22, 2007 09:10 PM #40
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Jay Beckingham
Premier Nationwide Lending - Port St Lucie, FL
"I love first time homebuyers"

i started as a mortgage lender in NH around 1978. i have people who tell me i must have seen/heard it all. as you have just reminded me the answer is no.

don't worry, while you can't imagine it now, something else will happen that will overshadow the hot closing. all you have to do is to continue with your career.

the plus side is every time you smell burning leaves in the fall you'll think you have a closing. 

Jun 23, 2007 08:35 PM #41
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker
LOL...Jay I do remember this whenever I smell anything burning...anything at all. One of those memories that stay with you. Thanks for stopping by.
Jun 23, 2007 08:40 PM #42
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SHAUN WREN
LICENSE IS NOT PLACED - Lakeland, FL
I am getting a visual . wow that is too funny.
Jun 25, 2007 04:36 PM #43
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SHAUN WREN
LICENSE IS NOT PLACED - Lakeland, FL
I am getting a visual . wow that is too funny.
Jun 25, 2007 04:37 PM #44
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker
Thanks Shaun...It was pretty funny!
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Thank you very much for sharing, that was a great story.
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