All in a Days Work: Murphy's Law.

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Real Estate Agent with Labrum Real Estate

abby Have you ever had one of those days when your just a step out of pace and things just don't quite work as well as you would like? The job gets completed but it could have gone a little smoother? My client is a commercial airline pilot who I will call Jim and his wife Sue flew in from the east coast on Friday to look for a second home. Jim was here on Monday and the temperature was 80 degrees. Perfect.

 The car pictured here belongs to my lovely wife and she loves this car. Very seldom do I drive it as she thinks every time I use it something happens to "her" car. I will admit I bumped a curb and took a little paint off of one of those 22 inch wheels but it wasn't my fault when that semi truck blew a tire and I couldn't avoid running over the tread tearing off the front spoiler and turn signal. Body shop made it good as new.

 Saturday morning I get to the office to go show Jim and Sue some properties. It rained Friday night but Robert, the office weatherman, says the storm in Southern California will miss our area in Murrieta according to the Doppler Radar and Roberts interpretation. Fantastic. Off we go to look at homes and guess what? Downpour. Robert would make a good weatherman as he was totally wrong.

 On the way to the first house Jim says he must have eaten something that was upsetting his stomach. Turns out his tummy is sensitive but he's up to looking at the homes they choose. Arriving at Greer Ranch, a gated community, I roll down the window and punch in the gate code with no problem. We look at four homes then head over to Murrieta Heights to look at one more property.

 Upon arriving at Murrieta Heights the rain has stopped. At the gate I roll down the drivers window to enter the gate code but I couldn't reach the keypad so I opened the door and entered the code and off to the house we go. Nice home and while we are there it begins to pour down rain. After 30 minutes Jim and Sue want to go back and see house number three so out to the car we go. Ooops! I left the drivers window down in the car and it's quite wet. Being the guy I am I need something to dry the seat and the control panel inside the drivers door. Well well my wife left a sweater in the rear of the car.

 Remember Jim's upset stomach? While we are back at house number three Jim now has a big problem and needs to go to the restroom NOW. An emergency is an emergency and the one thing usually not found in vacant homes is toilet paper. I work hard for my clients and we were a few miles from a store so the quickest solution I could come up with was to go next door and see if I might make a purchase. The man who answered the door laughed his head off after I introduced myself and explained my problem. He didn't want the $5 dollars I made him take but it was my way of saying thank you for giving a stranger at his door a roll of toilet paper on a rainy day.

 Sue called on Sunday to say Jim slept all the way on their flight home Saturday night and he is fine. They will be back next week to look at two more homes and make an offer but they were leaning towards the last home we saw. Fantastic. As for my wife she just shook her head and instructed me to get "her" car an interior detail and drop her sweater off at the cleaners.

 If you are looking for a home in Murrieta, Temecula, Menifee or the surrounding communities please contact me. I promise to put you, the client, first and do whatever it takes to help you find the perfect home. Maybe my wife will let us take "her" car.

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Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee California

IAN, Glad you got a laugh from this. It's all about customer service but sometimes it gets stretched.

RICHARD, Been pretty busy. I knew someone would try and sell me a jumbo pack of TP.

Thanks for the feature.

February 09, 2009 03:44 PM #3
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Barb Szabo, CRS
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Cameron, Very funny story and all in a day's work...for a realtor anyway!

February 09, 2009 04:08 PM #4
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William Feela
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Isn't it funny how things go some days.  Good for you rolling wiht the punches.  I am sure it made a good impression on the clients!

February 09, 2009 04:46 PM #5
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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
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LMAO.... you, sir are indeed a full service broker. 

February 09, 2009 04:49 PM #6
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Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee California

BARB, We do have some funny situations for sure.

WILLIAM, Rolling with the punches is what we all do.

JESSE, LMAO. Never thought of it like that.

February 09, 2009 05:05 PM #7
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Connie Watts
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Ok, note to self (me) - carry spare towel and toilet paper in trunk.  Got it!  LOL

February 09, 2009 06:06 PM #8
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Greg Nino
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Interesting story. Yeah, where the heck HAVE YOU BEEN?! Nice car. My wife says the same thing btw. :)

February 09, 2009 06:07 PM #9
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JL Boney, III
Russell and Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC
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It could have been worse, there could have been no one home to buy toilet tissue from.

February 09, 2009 06:33 PM #10
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Melody Botting
Melody Botting Real Estate Network - The Colony, TX

I thought you were going to say he had to use your wife's wet sweater!  Eww!  I am glad it worked out for him and you.

February 10, 2009 09:00 AM #11
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Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee California

CONNIE, I carry those items in my truck. May put some in the car.

JL, Then it would have been plan B if I had a plan B.

GREG, It's been busy since the first of the year.

MEL, That could have been plan B.

February 10, 2009 01:12 PM #12
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Great story about what it takes to make a sale these days!

February 11, 2009 08:02 PM #13
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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We sometimes have to be resourceful when we take care of our client every need.

February 15, 2009 09:25 PM #14
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April Hayden-Munson
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Cute story Cameron.  I have paper towels and TP in my car just in case of emergencies... and a flashlight and and and - that must be why my big a@@ trunk is so full... :)

February 18, 2009 03:13 PM #15
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Cameron -- I know this is my second comment on this post, but this story is so funny I shared it several times!

February 19, 2009 04:18 PM #16
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Susan Mangigian
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Cam, I was sure you were going to tell me the man used your wife's sweater!  Thank God he didn't!!  Nice of you to give the neighbor $5.  Send him a note and a card... who knows... you may get a listinng out of it someday! 

February 19, 2009 07:38 PM #17
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Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

I'm with Mel & Susan I thought the sweater was a goner for sure!

February 20, 2009 12:26 AM #18
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Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee California

MANDI, The sweater survived and went to the cleaners. Funny thing is not one guy mentioned the sweater.

February 20, 2009 06:55 PM #19
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Susan Mangigian
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Cameron, all of the men assumed you let your client use the sweater, and all of the men were perfectly okay with that!

February 20, 2009 08:18 PM #20
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Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

It's because we as women value our soft and cuddly toilet tissue so that's the first thing we thought of. Either men aren't that quick or it's that it wouldn't matter if it was leaves you brought.

February 20, 2009 10:01 PM #21
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Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee California

SUSAN, Guys think alike.

MANDI, But you have to give we guys credit fot thinking fast and dealing with a situation. Charmin is soft and cuddly but I didn't have any.

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