Buying or selling a home can be an intense process that puts pressure on all parties involved, and that stress can build exponentially when unusual circumstances arise. Last Friday we looked at a few untidy homes and circumstances that were as far removed from glamorous as you can get and Mary’s stressful story about an extremely messy move, complete with dirty dishes, wet clothes and a urine soaked chair earned top votes.
It’s difficult to imagine a situation that could be more stressful, but we’re willing to bet that coming face to face with a firearm is sure to elevate more adrenaline and anxiety than even the most unclean abode. Thankfully no one was harmed in any of these situations, and they can now serve as both entertaining and eye-opening examples of what agents get to go through for the sake of their clients.
Read the stories below, vote for your favorite and don’t forget to share your own “glamorous” real estate adventure – we may feature it in a future post.
I will never forget the time I went to gather information on a property for a CMA. When I arrived at the house, the man that answered was neat with every hair in place, khakis pressed as well as his polo golf shirt. The house was the same, impeccable. As I walked through the house taking notes and making small conversation, I quickly realized this guy was not for small talk. I was shocked when I walked into his bedroom with about 25-30 guns leaning against the wall out of their cases and one on a tripod with a scope that pointed out the window directly across the river to the bridge. I was speechless, then it gets better…
I walk downstairs to the lower level and there is a human target chest up with 4 or 5 bullet holes right in the forehead. I asked, “Are you a police officer?” A quick “No” was blurted out. Then I said “I think I have all l need. Thanks,” and with my hair standing up on the back of my neck, I jumped in the car and took off. As I looked back, he was standing in the window with the curtains pulled back just slightly watching me drive away. Creepy!
[I had a] client that freaked me out so much that I called my good friend, an ex-NYC cop who always carries a gun, to go with me on the showings that morning. And at the second house the freaky buyer saw my friend’s gun under his jacket while he was crawling into the back seat of my Riviera. [He then] wanted out of my car so fast at the next stop and he never stopped running until he was two blocks away.
I just sold a listing where the seller was very, very paranoid. The home was on a very busy street out in the country on the way to the lake. We had a big banner on the house. The owner was hiding from creditors so the home always appeared to be vacant. People constantly would drive up to the home and walked around the property. The owner did not like that and assumed each of these people were a threat, so I kept getting calls from ticked off potential buyers letting me know he was pointing his gun out the window at them and running them off his land.
Four years ago [I had a] seller on medication who put a shotgun up and told me he’s sick of not being told about these “surprise” showings.
About 4 years ago I was showing a home to my buyers who were a young couple. The property was owned by a man who owned several homes and managed them himself. I knocked and no one answered, so I proceeded to open the lockbox and get the key. Keep in mind that this home was in a rundown part of town. While I was walking in, the tenants were hiding behind a wall with a gun, and as soon as I walk into the living room I’m standing there at gun point explaining myself. Well turns out the landlord forgot to call and schedule the appointment. The bright side to this story was the young couple wanted that house because of the price and still purchased it… Lesson learned, always knock and proceed with caution.
If you want to check out a few more “glamorous” stories as told by your fellow agents, check out the prior entries in our series below.