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A Showing First - The police

Today I was out showing some property with a couple from out of town.  We were on our 8th listing and they liked it.  It was one of two that had made the short list.

We had parked in the lot next to each other in two unmarked spaces.  When we went out, there was a minivan parked behind us blocking us both in.  We waited patiently for a few minutes and then began to feel annoyed that we were blocked in.

Suddenly this women comes out of her townhouse yelling at us for taking her parking space.  We tried to explain that we parked there because those spaces were unmarked and we thought that meant they were visitor spaces.  She went on with her tirade about us taking her space because the number has been rubbed off and we should have known because it didn't say visitor.  She proceeded to say that next time she would call the police.

In an attempt to difuse the situation I apologized to her for our mistake and asked her nicely if she would please move her vehicle so that we could leave.  She told me she would move it when she felt like and then climbed into her vehicle closed the door and sat there.

Can you believe we had to call the police before this woman would move and let us out?

Needless to say, the buyer immediately struck that property off the short-list saying "I wouldn't live next to her if this was the last property on earth".

This sure was a great way to welcome them to the DC area!

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Comment balloon 83 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • November 09 2008 07:36PM

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You have to love rude people.  May your next showing go better.

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) about 10 years ago

Wow,  wonder if this neighbor has something to do with Mr. Seller wanting to leave the area!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 10 years ago

LOL - nothing like a welcome to the neighborhood!

Posted by Jim Albano, Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate (Prudential Damiano Realty ) about 10 years ago

It takes all kinds to make the world go round and I think you found one.. WOW..What a strange day. I pray tomorrow will be better for you.. P.

Posted by Paula Reno, Broker, Owner - Cedar Lake Indiana Realtor, Astro (Astro Realty (Buyer Agency)) about 10 years ago

I have a few choice words for her I cannot use in this forum.  I think Silvia is onto something!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 10 years ago

Thats just crazy! I am glad you got out of there without much more of a headache than that.

Posted by Shane OnullGorman, Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell (Eau Claire Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I have had people chase me around in townhome developments, for parking in their spots..I do understand..but whew! 

Posted by Konnie Mac McCarthy, Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!" (MacNificent Properties, LLC) about 10 years ago

Wow, that had to be awkward! Some people have nothing better to do than be mean. I hope you found them a great house!

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) about 10 years ago

What a showing, that was crazy!

Posted by Kathy Honeycutt, Realtor/ Neighborhood Specialist (Carolina Moon Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

WOW, I guess there is a first for EVERYTHING!  I'll make sure I leave enough space to get out wherever I park here on out!  Thanks for sharing...

Posted by Mike Klijanowicz, Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors (Cummings & Co. Realtors) about 10 years ago

Stacey, i think her sister lives two houses down from me. Been wishing she would move for 32 years now....guess we will have to go first.

Posted by Nancy Larson (I am a licensed referral agent in NJ) about 10 years ago

Oh my -- Actually, it is lucky this happened on the showing. What if they had bought the place and then found out about this LOVELY lady!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

Stacy well sometimes it is better to go ahead and find these things out before your clients get in there and then find out and are uphappy.

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) about 10 years ago

I understand being territorial about property, but that is just crazy.  I hope you never have to call the police while on another showing.

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) about 10 years ago

I lost a sale on a VERY good listing due to the neighbors ~ makes ya wanna just wail on 'em! Sorry you had to go through that... hope your future showings are considerably better! ~A:)

Posted by Alisha Harrison, Allyn, Belfair and Hood Canal real estate expert! (John L. Scott, Belfair) about 10 years ago

How awful for you.  Sounded like you handled it like a pro, though.  Hope your buyers find another one they like quickly.

Posted by Heather Goodwin, GoodWin Team Realty (Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission) about 10 years ago

Stacey_Ann...

I would have MADE the police arrest her for detaining you.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 10 years ago

Stacey-Ann,

What did the police do?  I hope they gave her a ticket.  I would definitely let the listing

agent know what they are up against.

Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) about 10 years ago

Bad day and you got the brunt of it. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Oh no, this is a first. It was good that you kept the situation diffused as it could have gotten out of hand.

Posted by Denise Williams (Benchmark Realty) about 10 years ago

Russ - I guess rude people are everywhere.

Silvia - clearly Mr. Seller has the right idea.

Jim - quite the welcome.

Paula - hopefully tomorrow's showings go smoother.

Melody - those were probably the same words I used in my head.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 10 years ago

Eau - it really could have been much worse.

Konnie - people are crazy about their parking spots in this area.

Jen - luckily house #1 is still available.

Kathy - crazy indeed.

Michael - that's crazy that you would need to even think about that.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 10 years ago

Nancy - seems like the sister (and this lady) are going to win.

Joan & Larry - Better find out about the crazy neighborhood BEFORE you buy.

Jim - I hope never to call the police again either.

Alisha - its really hard to be the listing agent in these types of situations. 

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 10 years ago

Heather - they did like one other listing so we'll proceed on that one.

Richard - Thanks

Brenda - I called the listing agent and he was stunned.  He also indicated that he always parked in those same spots, not anymore.

Cindy - just my luck.

Denise - you realize how easy things could spiral into violence.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 10 years ago

It is great to know other people have odd things happen to them also.  Thanks for sharing

Shelton

Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) about 10 years ago

Shelton - you are defintitely not alone with the odd things that occur out there.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 10 years ago

HI STACEY!

Anything goes in D.C!  That's a big deal.  I bet the buyers are glad that happened...got a chance to see before it was too late!

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) about 10 years ago

Stacey, It's good this happened now rather than later.

 

Reminds me of a similar situation I ran into w/a showing.  Of course, the buyers loved it and were seriously considering writing an offer and of course the next door neighbor showed her true colors by yelling out of the window, at the top of her lungs, obscenities to the buyers' 5 yr old son who made the mistake of walking on her lawn.  Priceless.

Posted by Lanette Branch, Bel Air, MD REALTOR (RE/MAX Components) about 10 years ago

Yvette - definitely better to find out now than after you've bought.

Lanette - clearly they did not want a neighbor who would curse at their son.  There are some strange people out there.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 10 years ago

Stacey-Ann - Wow!  What a bizarre story!  It's hard to believe what some people do these days...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 10 years ago

Lucky you were the buyer's agent & not working for the seller

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) over 8 years ago

I think that person's sisters must be my next door neighbors........   where do people like that come from? Good luck finding a house for them.

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Good one.  I was showing vacant land in RURAL GEORGIA to a client once and we got confused about what parcel we should actually be looking at because there was no sign & much had changed since the plat had been recorded. 

We ended up behind an old, dilapidated house that I had assumed was vacant (surely no one could be living in that!)  WRONG!  A very old but loud woman came out yelling at us to get off of her property before she got her SHOT GUN!

All ended well and the lady and I became very cordial and have stayed in touch over the years, but in this business you never know what can happen.

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience (DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

So I guess the feedback was not very good! LOL

Thanks for sharing. Sometimes we all need to share those "Uh Oh" stories to maintain our sanity!

Posted by Judy Boyle, MBA CDPE CRP (RE/MAX Signature Properties) over 8 years ago

Stacey - what a story...the women had a insanity attack! LOL...Now you are richer by one more experience...

With smiles,

Bo in Yukon

Posted by Bo Kociuba & Buster Elliott, HOME is Where Your Story Begins (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties ) over 8 years ago

Eeeek! Who said selling real estate was easy? 

Posted by Lexie Longstreet (Savvy + Co. Real Estate) over 8 years ago

What a nutcase!  Glad she didn't let the air out of your tires and then "hide"!

Posted by Dana Wilkinson, Broker-Your TX agent for The Woodlands-Spring-Conr (Connect Realty, The Woodlands, TX) over 8 years ago

Their frustration should be directed at the management company for not marking things better. I wonder if she even tried to work with them?

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) over 8 years ago

Hi Stacey-Ann, well that's a first!  It's a good thing the buyers found out about the neighbor beforehand rather than later.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 8 years ago

In my work as a condo manager I run into people like this - we call them "condo commandos."  Some people do get a little nutty over their parking spaces.  This could also be a sign of a long history of problems in the community .... when things aren't handled appropriately, people feel they have to take matters into their own hands. 

Posted by Karen Bernetti over 8 years ago

Good grief, that's awful!  I've had neighbors pop out and tell my buyers how awful the neighborhood is, but never someone block us in so we couldn't leave.  She sounds like the neighbor from #&!!, so I'm sure that's probably one of the reasons that house was for sale.  I'm sure your buyers appreciated your calm, professional demeanor!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) over 8 years ago

OH PLEASE!!  Don't mess with people's parking places!!  I have NEVER seen such a phenomina such as this.  People REALLY take this soooo seriously.  They will fight and die over these spaces.  I'll park on a median strip before I ever do that again.

Can you believe that the last time this happened to me it was a REALTOR that blocked me in!!!  What a jerk!

Posted by Jane Taylor (RE/MAX Realty Group) over 8 years ago

What a great story. A lot of insane people in this world .Thanks for sharing

Posted by Carla Olivares over 8 years ago

Stacy-Ann,

What a rude neighbor.  It is good that your clients actually found out before buying there.  Hope they appreciated the "moral of the story"....and moved into a home with nice neighbors!

Posted by Doug Patterson, CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge (Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge) over 8 years ago

I've seen neighbors do very annoying things to keep the property next to them vacant.  Usually so they can buy it at a discount after it never sells.

Posted by Jim Pirkle (Harvest Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

I thought this sort of stuff only happened to me.  Thanks for sharing......................chris

Posted by Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Crazy.....I've seen odd things too. This one was so extreme! I once had to use a flashlight to show the inside of the house and came out to the neighborhood patrol waiting for us outside. I guess tha's a good thing.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

It is certainly an adventurous career.  I attempted to show the wrong house yesterday--the listing agent posted the wrong address in the MLS.  We were at the correct address but it was not the right house!  The homeowners were not amused....

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 8 years ago

Congras on getting your newsletter featured!  You seem to read all the "interesting" stuff on AR

:)

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 8 years ago

It takes all kinds.  She should have been a little more understanding.  She should probably get a sign.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Good job not arguing with that nut job!

Remember, when you argue with a fool it's hard to tell the difference!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago
I had one a few weeks back that is etched into my memory... I was showing a house to my clients and when we tried to exit through the front door, someone yelled at us to get back inside. Someone had just been shot by the police and the home was taped off as a crime scene!
Posted by Martin Kalisker, Professional Standards & Legal Assistant (Greater Boston Association of REALTORS) over 8 years ago
I had one a few weeks back that is etched into my memory... I was showing a house to my clients and when we tried to exit through the front door, someone yelled at us to get back inside. A thug had just been shot by the police and the home was taped off as a crime scene!
Posted by Martin Kalisker, Professional Standards & Legal Assistant (Greater Boston Association of REALTORS) over 8 years ago

It could have been worse. You could have sold them the property before they found about about the jerk neighbor. Then the buyers would have blamed you for not knowing about the neighbor. You would never have heard the end of it.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) over 8 years ago

I can't imagine someone having that much time on their hands to "teach" someone else a "lesson".  The woman's first response should have been to call the HOA and make sure they did their job and mark the spaces properly!

Posted by Tamara Perlman (Referral Network Inc.) over 8 years ago

Wow, that's too bad.  I've had neighbors next to one of my listings that always seemed to sabotage any interest that buyers had in the property.  Finally, the property owner had to threaten to file suit on them for spreading untrue things about the home...such as, the septic doesn't work, it isn't insulated, etc.  These people were very cordial to the buyers.  But, they came running over at every showing to tell potential buyers something negative about the property.  Property never did sell....guess they got their wish.  Better luck next time!

Posted by Yvonne Hurt, Northern Neck of VA Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Stacy, Thank you for sharing. Their "short-list" got shorter. 

Posted by Rebecca Madsen (RE/MAX Accord) over 8 years ago

... and what was the Sellers comments to all this ruckus?  Truthfully, I wouldn't live next to this woman either!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 8 years ago

You learn the hard way not to just park your car 'anywhere' in a townhouse community. It happens all the time here even with the police.  In fact in one place I lived at everyone parked in my spot because it was closest to the door.  I used to just park on their bumper & then go up to the house.

Posted by Lyn Sims and the Blog Dog (Streamwood, Elgin IL Real Estate - RE/MAX Suburban) over 8 years ago

Whoa--some people really need to chill, don't they? What an experience for you!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) over 8 years ago

Tina - I am glad I didn't work for the seller

Dagny - I'm sorry you have horrible neighbors

Jenna - a shotgun would not be a good idea

Judy - the feedback on the property itself wasn't too bad.

Bo - the lady definitely appeared to be crazy

Lexie - it's definitely never dull

Dana - Thankfully they hadn't done that because we would probably have come to blows

Joetta - clearly a problem for the management company

Mary -they were really glad not to be moving next to her

Karen - I feel like every condo and HOA has one of these commandos.

 

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 8 years ago

Melissa -it was really hard to stay professional

Jane - that realtor was a jerk.  Funny how territorial people get about parking

Carla - lots of strange people out there

Doug - they actually decided to rent

Jim - I guess it would be a bargain if they drive away all qualified buyers

Chris - share some of your crazy stories

Karen - that's funny, thankfully you were there legitimately

Norma - I imagine they would not have been amused

 

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 8 years ago

Norma - thanks.  It was fun hunting for the funny stories

Gene - She should get a sign

Craig - she's was way too crazy to be argued with

Synergy - a crime scene is always a nice touch for a showing

Tom - you're right, they would have blamed me

Tamara - that would have been the sane response

Yvonne - I wonder what their motives were

Rebecca - much shorter

Kathy - the poor listing agent was horrified when I told him.  He also told me that he always parked there too because he thought it was a visitor space

Lyn - I can understand your frustration if it is a marked spot

Lottie - she really needed to chill

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 8 years ago

The same thing happened to me once, but in my case it was one of my annoying neighbors blocking in a visiting friend. She stood there and gleefully watched as my poor friend had to maneuver over a gravel easement to get outta there!

If a person doesn't like the parking arrangements, they should stop taking it out on innocent bystanders. Pretty amazing.

Posted by Judy Chapman (Referral Network of Illinois LLC) over 8 years ago

Don't ya love it?  On the other hand, I was in Midtown Atlanta last night, trying to find a parking place near the loft where my friend lives.  A very nice young man was out walking his dog and guided me to a space marked "Reserved" and told me that since the apartment was vacant right now, I could park in that spot while I attended the party nearby!  Yay!  Guess you need some Southern Hospitality in D.C.! 

Posted by Linda Schulte over 8 years ago

I thought the punch line was going to be that she was the seller!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 8 years ago

Hi Stacey-Ann!  Great story!  It would have been funny if the police had given her a ticket for impeding egress!!  I don't blame your client at all for striking that one from thier list either!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 8 years ago

I would certainly be thankful you found her before closing as well, would be hard to explain to your buyers after a closing that they were stuck with her.

Posted by Tony Hager, Broker (United Realty Texas) over 8 years ago

Too bad this had to happen on one of their favorite homes.  Amazing how much energy some people will expend being jerks.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) over 8 years ago

As my 7-year old would say, "That's Embarassing"! What is wrong with people, a total lackof common sense. Good for you for remaining calm and being the bigger person, someone else earlier mentioned multiple uses for the name rider, this instacne may apply! Just kidding.

Posted by Garlinda Price over 8 years ago

Thank goodness they met the neighbor before they bought.

Posted by Sherry Chastain, Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales (Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee) over 8 years ago
Hi Stacey- what a blessing that was for your buyers! Thank goodness they were spared having to endure a neighbor like that one!
Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Stacey - It's not all bad.  Your client saw how you handle yourself in a crisis, so she knows that you will get her through the process of buying a home with no trouble!  LOL

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 8 years ago

Better for your buyers to figure out the neighbors then, rather than later after moving in.  Not so good for you though!

Posted by Paul Hodge (Keller Williams Realty / Lake Norman-Cornelius) over 8 years ago

Your buyer was very lucky that day.

Posted by Jirius Isaac, Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA (Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage) over 8 years ago

Wow, what an ordeal for you and your clients. Better they found out now about a potential problem than after they moved it. Sounds like that resident has anger management issues.

Posted by Anonymous over 8 years ago

Stacey Ann, I agree, your buyers lucked out by finding out about that neighbor before making what would have been a huge mistake.  got to feel sorry for the sellers though...

Posted by Joanne O'Donnell (Chic Home Interiors) over 8 years ago

Yikes! Better to learn about the neighbor now. I bet you can't wait to get a call for feedback :)

Posted by Dana Hollish Hill, Lead Associate Broker (Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties) over 8 years ago

I agree. Better the buyer learn now before they're in escrow about crazy neighbors.  BUt she should have painted her number back on if that's the way she felt about it.

Posted by Kerry Jenkins (Prime Properties) over 8 years ago

Stacey: That lady did you and your client a favour with her actions!

Ty

Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) over 8 years ago

I feel for you and your clients. Some people are never happy unless they can cause some ruckus.

 I agree with everyone it's much better to find out now.

Posted by Bonnie over 8 years ago

I agree with so many here - I'm glad you and your clients learned the situation before it was too late and that person became their neighbor!

Posted by Kristin Castillo (Hindsite 20/20 Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Funny story! but not a lady I'd want to live next to either.   I've had a few funny expeirences like someone in the shower while you're showing.  I really hate when there's someone sleeping in one of the rooms and the wife says, that's o.k. you can look, he's out cold.  Ughh, I skip those rooms.  No thank you.

Posted by Catherine Kierzek, CDPE (ReMax Lakeside) over 8 years ago

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