Now is such a beautiful time of year. So many are joyful and ebullient in anticipation of the holidays and time off from work that can be spent with family and friends. We hope your business is booming during the winter season, but that you still have time to enjoy the holidays with your loved ones in the coming weeks.
The real estate business can be intense and every situation is unique. Last week we featured a few stories about clients packing heat that made for some very tense situations, and Jeri Jo Meyer’s story about a very creepy CMA was voted your favorite.
This week we’re taking a look at encounters some real estate pros have had with plant material that is also known to make its users merry no matter what the season. Right behind naked people, it appears as though encounters with marijuana plants are common during showings. Check out these funny stories below and vote for the one you like best.
I had a listing for a little old single lady of 70 something. We had her home on the market for several weeks when I decided to go by and check on my supply of flyers. She saw me and asked me in the home as she had a problem. Her grandson moved in and turned her basement in to a grow house! She wanted to know if it was ok? The home did not sell due to the overpowering smell of the plants. However she left the home and moved to Washington State. The police made a bust and the home went to foreclosure.
I was showing foreclosures in an upscale neighborhood to new clients. We entered a home that the owners had trashed – they opened windows and let the hose in to ruin the wood floors. The biggest surprise was the huge glass greenhouse in the back near the pool. I looked closely and realized it had been a grow house just as my client opened the pool storage room that housed a huge generator for it. Well, we had a good laugh and moved to the next home.
[The next home] had a double sweeping staircase to the right and left of the living room to the second floor. As I entered to the right they went up to the left. To my dismay I realized that the room I was in had been used as a porn studio, complete with a built in platform about 3 feet in up and there were still signs of the business on the walls. Since I had found a former recording studio in the back of a foreclosure my son purchased I figured I had now covered all bases: SEX, DRUGS and ROCK N ROLL!
I was showing an apartment building to a buyer and had permission to get into 4 of the units that day. We knocked on one of the units and waited. I listened carefully by the door and could hear some muted voices so I knocked again. Then it got really quiet on the other side of the door. I knocked again, louder and longer. Someone on the other side said, “Just a minute”. We waited for about 5 minutes and the door finally opened. I was a little nervous to enter but we shuffled in. Now I understood the delay as the aroma of marijuana got stronger the closer we got to the living room where “Cheech and Chong” sat very quietly. I had to bite my tongue to avoid the wiseacre comments I wanted to make. Who knows how they would have reacted. It was a very quick showing of that unit.
30 plus years in the business I have seen some strange things. I recently had a listing in Colorado (where medicinal marijuana is legal) where every room in the house was full of marijuana plants. The tenants were within their legal right to grow the marijuana and did not hesitate to let prospective buyers in the house. I felt very strange telling other agents about the decor. I could not get the house sold however until the tenants and their “furniture” were gone. We had to repaint and re-carpet to get the smell out.
Do you have a funny real estate story to share? Post it in a comment below and you might be featured in our “glamorous” series in the future. If you need some inspiration, check out some of the wild and wacky topics we’ve covered so far.
- The Glamorous Life of a Real Estate Agent – Volume 1: Insect Encounters
- The Glamorous Life of a Real Estate Agent – Volume 2: Cops & Robbers
- The Glamorous Life of a Real Estate Agent – Volume 3: I See Dead People
- The Glamorous Life of a Real Estate Agent – Volume 4: The Bare Naked Truth
- The Glamorous Life of a Real Estate Agent – Volume 5: Gone to the Dogs
- The Glamorous Life of a Real Estate Agent – Volume 6: See You Later Alligator
- The Glamorous Life of a Real Estate Agent – Volume 7: A Feast for Friends
- The Glamorous Life of a Real Estate Agent: Volume 8 – Dirty Jobs
- The Glamorous Life of a Real Estate Agent: Volume 9 – Under the Gun