Anything can be funny when you are showing houses.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

We've got people shopping again!! 

I was showing a house today to people who have bought from me before and let me sell their house before.  You know, those people that you absolutely love!!

They referred a relative to me and we were looking at a house for the third time.  My past clients were to look and give their opinion.  They were all in the dining room and started laughing. 

Upon asking them what was so funny, they pointed to the dining room table which had a big zigzaw puzzle laid out on it.  One of them said, "Wouldn't it be funny if we took just one piece of that puzzle?"  Visualizing the family putting the whole thing together and lacking one piece which couldn't be found anywhere was pretty funny.

I joined in the laughter and said they'd better not dare!!  It was a light moment and a fun moment. 

It also points out the fact that a house needs to be depersonalized when it is on the market.  We saw kids and relatives photos everywhere and there we were looking at a puzzle instead of concentrating on the dining room! 

Depersonalize!  Depersonalize!  Please! 

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Carol Culkin
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That house might not sell and there will be another piece of a puzzle needing to be solved. If I had my choice as a seller, I think I'd rather the missing piece be that of a zigzaw puzzle.    

January 19, 2009 05:18 PM
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Barbara,

Now that would be mean to hide a piece!  I love to work puzzles and it would drive me crazy if that last piece was missing!

January 19, 2009 06:21 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage

Carol, again you've put it very nicely!  Thanks.

Mary, that would be the whole reason for doing it!  : )

January 19, 2009 07:09 PM
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Tony Favata
First Class Properties

We just went into a home last week and thought the same exact thing! One of them even said lets just sit here and put the whole thing together so when they come back home it will be done!!!! LOL I agree though, it did need to be put away.

January 20, 2009 09:46 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Tony, I like your idea of putting it together!  That's a new way of thinking.

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