This installment will shed light to the real lives of realtors. Here we will explore the funny, odd and weird things that happen to realtors.
Realtor: Heather (part 2)
*The realtor’s identity will be used on a first name basis to protect their privacy.
I had a stalker situation in Tennessee once. This socially awkward client would show up to the office and sit and wait (when I wasn’t there). He always wanted to look at houses in the middle of nowhere. Something wasn’t right, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I stopped by the
office and had another client with me in the car. He saw me and slammed his hand on my window. I threw all my paperwork in the air and yelled an obscenity because he scared me. Then I rolled down my window and told him he needed to make an appointment and that he scared me and my client. I wound up firing him after a while. He had closing issues and couldn’t make his 1st mortgage payment.
Let’s talk hoarder houses. I have come across a lot of mental illness. They are unaware of the filth they are living in. This breaks my heart because they are really kind. They just don’t even see it. They might be mildly embarrassed. I don’t want to offend them but I will suggest a walk outside to get out of the house but that’s where I suggest selling “as is” to an investor. These people really do have a hard time. I tell them to find their most prized possessions and let the rest go. They are so afraid of losing their stuff that they end up losing it all and it goes into foreclosure. Then they get kicked out. Some don’t have friends or family to help them. Suggest they’re not there when they show it.
One time I went to a vacant house to meet a client. I was sitting in the car in the long driveway by myself. It was getting dark and the client still had not come. I started to feel very uncomfortable. All of a sudden someone pulled up behind me and blocked me in. I sat there and didn’t know what to do. I felt like they were waiting for me to get out. Then I turned on my light and grabbed my multi tool, that must have done the trick because they took off. It was scary.
Realtor magazines typically have your photo and information listed in them, which has proven to be both good and bad. Our realtor office was on a major road in the city. One guy came in, with a realtor magazine in his hand, and asked the front desk person who was available, pointing out
the female realtors. When the realtors he requested were not in the office, he left. Something didn’t feel right, so I called the realtor down the street to see if they had ever seen him before. Turns out he was doing the same thing there. We called the cops and they found that he had a couple of realtor license plates in his car. I’m not sure what came of it. I don’t remember, but we were all freaked out about it and had a safety meeting after.
Always take someone with you to showings or at least let someone know where you’re going.
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