It’s a strange business – real estate. You meet new people
every day, you go into the houses of people you don’t know, you
rely on phone calls and messages to make appointments and to give people
notice that you’re coming. Sometimes you make mistakes, sometimes
things get just a little mixed up....
One of my favorite true stories was told to me by one of my former sales
associates. She had set up to show a property first thing in the morning.
While walking around outside the house, she and the customers encountered
a cat. It stuck with them and when she opened the sliding door to go in,
the cat jumped in first.
Not sure whether the cat actually belonged in the house or not, my colleague,
Ann, and her customers followed it inside. The cat, acting very much “at
home” went upstairs, so they did too. The cat went straight into
the master bedroom, it’s audience in tow, and stopped right at the
bed. Ann encouraged the customers to look around the house, but she kept
her eye on the cat, which began acting oddly. It paced back and forth
around the bed, intently focused, always looking under the bed. Finally,
Ann got curious and started to get down on her knees so she could see
what was there....
That’s when she heard the voice! The voice came from under the
bed, “It’s me!”, it said. Ann pulled back and stood
up, her customers were equally dumbfounded. The “voice”, sheepishly
declared from under the bed that he was the owner, and then asked them
to leave the room for a minute.
When he emerged from the bedroom, a little embarrassed, the owner explained
that his wife had gotten up and left for work earlier. She had reminded
him that there was an early morning showing, and warned him to make sure
he got up and out of bed in time to make the bed and disappear. He had
fallen back to sleep and only awoke as he heard the slider open, giving
him just enough time to make the bed and hide, naked, under it... only
to be discovered by a curious cat!! ...and of course an agent “on
John J. Doran
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