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A Showing First: Locked Inside the House

Today as I was out showing houses we went into a townhome.  This is a vacant foreclosure. 

When we got there the door was open and someone was in there cleaning the home and someone else was in the backyard fixing the fence.

We wandered around and then went upstairs.  While we were upstairs the cleaning people left and closed the front door. 

When we were ready to leave we realized that not only had they closed the front door but they had LOCKED it from the outside with no way to open it from inside.

A moment of panic set in before we decided to try to get out through the basement and out into the yard.

When we glanced out we realized it was fenced with NO gate!  I am not a great climber not to mention that it would not have been a cute look since I was wearing a dress.

Luckily we found an opening in the fence that we could get through and we were finally free of this house.

Needless to say, this was not the one for my buyers!


I swear that these things only happen to me!

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If you or someone you know would like information about buying, selling, or renting a home in Prince George's, Montgomery,  Charles, Calvert, Anne Arundel, Howard, and/or Baltimore Counties please contact Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh of Century 21 New Millennium.


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Comment balloon 17 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • June 11 2011 06:45PM


I had this happen while I was on the second floor patio of a townhouse.  There we all were when one of the kids pulled the french doors shut.  I had the key to the house in my hand but it didn't open the patio door.   As the buyer contemplated shimming down the gutter we noticed a neighbor on their patio a few doors down.  They came around, we threw the keys to them and they let us in.  My buyer's didn't buy the house but I did go back and drop off a bottle of wine to the neighbor who rescued us with a big THANKS!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

What a horrible thing to have happen Stacey-Ann, I feel your pain.

Posted by Sandi Davidson (Florida's Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

Well ... That's a new one form me!  I've never ... in 33 years ... been locked inside a home!  Cray story, certainly lad you ot out to tell it!  great Post!  Thanks for sharing it!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 7 years ago

There is always a new story to tell!  My biggest mistake, its happened twice, is locking my car keys and phone in the home with no way to reopen the lockbox. 

Posted by Christi Koch, Realtor - eXp Realty San Antonio TX (eXp Realty) over 7 years ago

Cindy - I know you were grateful that the neighbor had been there

Sandi - It was really bad when I thought we were going to have to climb over the fence

Lisa - There's a first for everything

Christi - I'm always afraid that I am going to do something like that

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 7 years ago

Good afternoon Stacy. Yikes. I have been locked out but never locked in.Hope you still have those clients.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 7 years ago

I just read all your first....You have definately had some interesting and eventful firsts!!...Good Luck in the furure and Thank you for sharing.

Posted by GinaMarie Latham-Howard, Your IE Specialist (Carrington Real Estate) over 7 years ago

How crazy was that??? Never a dull moment when selling real estate. Glad it all turned out well.

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 7 years ago

A similar scenario happened to me and it was a condo complex. My client and myself were locked out of the building and there was no way out at the back landscaped courtyard. My client climbed over the 6ft tall fence to hte street and got the security to open the door for me to get back in.  

Posted by Anne Lok, Toronto Modern Real Estate (Blue Elephant Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

That must have felt awful! I have never been locked in a house, but did leave my car keys inside once and did not realize it until the co-broke agent locked the house up and drove away!  I had been talking to my clients for a few minutes and when I went to drive away realized that I didn't have my keys. Lucky, I was able to get her on her cell phone and she gladly returned to unlock the door.

Posted by Donna Quinlan, Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

I think I would have had a mini panic attack!  LOL!  Not being able to get in is bad enough...not able to get out is almost frightening.  I am thinking:  What if there were a fire?  No house should be that "secure"!!

Posted by Deborah "Dee Dee" Garvin, C2 Financial (C2 Financial) over 7 years ago

I just caught this on Twitter. Too funny. It would have been a better story if you had climbed a fence in a dress.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 7 years ago


That's a new one on me. I have never been locked inside of a house but I can see where it could happen! Glad that you came out of it OK!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 7 years ago

Randy - The clients and I had a good laugh

Gina - one of these days I want to write a book

Martha - definitely never dull

Anne - thankfully your client could climb

Donna - keys in the house are no fun either

Deborah - I didn't even think about how hard it would be to get out of there in an emergency

Ellie - It would have been funny to see me leaping over the fence in my cute dress

Richard - I hope this is a first and last time

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 7 years ago

Hi, Stacey-Ann:  I had a experience similar to Cindy's above.  I got locked into a 2nd-floor bedroom, and things may have turned out badly had it not been for some folks having a yard sale a few doors down.  It took a few minutes for the crazed, lunatic-sounding "Hey, I'm locked in here!" to register with them.  It was like they thought one of their yard sale patrons was an amateur ventriloquist or something- they were thinking my voice was coming from a piece of luggage they had for sale!

Posted by Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor (AmeriTeam Property Management) over 7 years ago

Dennis - Imagine how each of them was thinking they were going crazy since the suitcase was talking to them.  Funny!

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 7 years ago

LOL...I can only imagine what a scene that was!  It makes for a great story, but wow, I would have suffered a few moments of panic, to be sure!  LOL 

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 7 years ago

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