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Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate with Leigh Brown

Crazy Sh*t in Real Estate!—a podcast that will shatter the HGTV-induced veneer of real estate, and celebrate the challenges of working in this wild, wacky business.
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Nov 29, 2016

Summary:

If a property goes into the 40+ showing mark and it hasn’t sold, well, there’s probably something that isn’t right. Listen to this episode’s guest, Bunni Longwell, as she talks about her experience with a 40s showing, and how she had to get it right FAST.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:31 – Introducing Bunni
    • 00:43 – Agent for 15 years, located in Florida
  • 01:26 – Bunni’s crazy story
    • 01:39 – The house Bunni was trying to sell had gone through 42 showing—showings she had never been present for
    • 01:55 – Finally, she decides go to a showing
    • 02:20 – On the 2nd floor and  looking out the window, Bunni can see the neighbor wearing nothing but clothes pins on his body
    • 03:03 – Bunni had to do double take to make sure it was real, then she closed all the drapes
    • 03:27 – Bunni called the seller and asked about the neighbor
    • 03:56 – The seller went over and talked to the neighbor
  • 04:02 – Eventually, Bunni was able to put on a contract for the property
  • 05:05 – It’s not always the agent’s fault.
  • 06:23 – Reach Bunni on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or call at 727 460 8636

3 Key Points

  1. It’s important for realtors to be present at some of the showings, if not all.
  2. If a house isn’t selling, it isn’t always the agent’s fault.
  3. Remember to consider the neighboring properties, and the behavior of their occupants.

Credits

Nov 25, 2016

Summary:

Would you tap into your network to scrounge up $1.2M in 48 hours for a client looking to convert on a short sale? That’s what this week’s guest Tim Hur did! Listen as Tim explains how he was able to orchestrate the miraculous deal all the way to close.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:43 – Introducing Tim Hur
  • 01:33 – Tim is a licensed realtor
  • 01:52 – Tim’s crazy story
    • 02:07 – Tim had an independent firm working with international clients and celebrities
    • 02:31 – Tim won a bid where his client was paying cold hard cash
    • 02:47 – Everything that could go wrong did
    • 02:53 – 72 hours before closing, client informs Tim he needs another week for the money
    • 03:29 – Tim was frantic and the seller was upset
    • 03:51 – Through networking Tim was able to get $1.2M in 48 hours
    • 04:33 – Tim went to the attorney’s office and closed the deal
    • 05:02 – Seller stayed for a few extra days
    • 05:34 – Tim’s client was amazed at Tim’s efforts
    • 05:39 – The interest for the $1.2M was $200K
    • 06:05 – Tim got a call from the attorney saying the lender rejected the short sale
    • 06:33 – Then there was a title policy issue
    • 06:37 – The seller found out about the title issue and refused to leave the house
    • 06:54 – Tim, his client, and the seller’s attorneys had to get involved
    • 07:05 – In two weeks, the lender gave up
    • 08:26 – The fun part? The client doesn’t speak English!
    • 08:36 – On the 30th day of the 30 day note, Tim’s client finally pays
    • 09:23 – During the final walkthrough, Tim realized the seller took every single chandelier out
  • 10:54 – Working with international clients can be a headache
  • 12:05 – Remember to maintain good relationships with your network
  • 13:50 – Relationships last far beyond deals
  • 13:57 – Tim was able to get a few more sales from his client
  • 14:30 – Reach Tim on Facebook, Twitter,  and Instagram
  • 17:07 – Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Networking, in any industry, is key.
  2. Remember to keep good ties with your network –they can save you someday, somehow.
  3. There will be times that going the extra mile isn’t enough—you need to go the extra 100 miles.

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Nov 22, 2016

Summary:

How do you think your seller would feel if they found out two agents were getting…frisky…in their home? Less than thrilled? Listen in to hear Sunny Lake describe how her seller reacted when two agents were caught getting down in a property they were trying to sell.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:31 – Introducing Sunny
  • 00:54 – Sunny is a managing broker, responsible for  70 independent contractors
  • 02:15 – Sunny’s crazy story
    • 02:58 – Two of her agents—married to other people—were having an affair in one of the properties they were trying to sell!
    • 03:20 – At first, the seller just thought it was another showing
    • 03:42 – But the seller kept noticing the same two cars, week after week
    • 03:55 – Eventually, the seller went into the house to see what was going on, and caught the agents in the act
    • 05:27 – One agent was fined $10K for improper use of a key
    • 05:39 – The other agent was fined $5K
  • 07:23 – The whole thing was a giant shit show
  • 07:33 – Both agents are still in the business and are quite successful
  • 08:31 – The agents didn’t get in trouble with their licenses
  • 09:05 – The number one danger in the industry is crappy agents
  • 09:22 – Reach Sunny thru her email or on Twitter, and Instagram
  • 09:56 – Text Sunny at 360-319-4750
  • 10:14 – Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Realtors are not saints–they make mistakes too.
  2. Get a room guys!—do NOT hook up on a client’s property!
  3. The biggest threat to your real estate business is a crappy agent.

Credits

Nov 18, 2016

Summary:

Nobody wants to be shamed in the public! Today’s guest, Kevin Tengan, will talk about the time another realtor not only publically harassed him for not signing some paperwork, but chased him out of the house and down the block!

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:37 – Introducing Kevin
  • 01:11 – Kevin’s crazy story
    • 01:18 – Kevin was previewing properties in a neighborhood
    • 01:24 – Went into one house, the agent was in there, working on her laptop—she told him to sign in on the “open house sign-in” sheet
    • 01:50 – Kevin walked around and left, but didn’t sign the sheet—he has no legal or moral obligation too
    • 02:02 – Realtor called out Kevin for not signing the sign-in sheet
    • 02:40 – To which Kevin said “it was a public open house…I don’t have to sign anything”
    • 03:04 – Kevin turned around and just kept walking away from the woman
    • 03:20 – Realtor followed Kevin down the street, didn’t stop shouting
    • 03:40 – The realtor left the house unattended
    • 04:06 – Only when Kevin was several blocks away did she stop
  • 04:46 – A professional realtor should always greet people
  • 05:09 – It’s not illegal to not sign a sign-in sheet
  • 05:55 – Reach Kevin at 808 725 2400 or on his website
  • 06:16 – Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Not all realtors are friendly and accommodating.
  2. It’s NOT illegal to not sign a sign-in sheet at an open house.
  3. Don’t ever leave a house showing unattended.

Credits

Nov 15, 2016

Summary:

When the owner says “come on in” only to show you a naked person in their bedroom, what do you do? Andreea Alexandrescu will tell you what she did when one home owner did exactly that.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:39 – Introducing Andreea Alexandrescu
  • 00:50 – Andreea started doing real estate in Romania
    • 01:00 – Finally started working in the US last December, specializing in budget homes
  • 01:51 – Andreea has some buyers from New York, looking for budget homes
    • 02:30 – As they enter their third showing of the day, a house that is supposed to be empty, she gets a weird feeling
    • 03:20 – When they open the door to the second bedroom there was a naked person
    • 04:31 – Andreea didn’t have a choice—she continued with the viewing
  • 06:55 – Andreea is fluent in Spanish, English, and Romanian
  • 07:30 – Andreea’s buyers typically speak Spanish
  • 08:00 – Call Andreea at 704-750-9593
  • 08:40 –Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Never bring your kids to a showing.
  2. For realtors, make sure that your referral partners can speak with the buyers in the language they’re most comfortable with.
  3. Try to keep your composure at all times.

Credits

Nov 11, 2016

Summary:

If you’re going to sell your home, at least put some pants on. That’s what today’s guest, Jay Thompson, wanted to say to a pair of home sellers. Listen as Jay talks about the time he rolled into a showing only find both owners at home and buck-naked.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:38 – Introducing Jay
  • 01:12 – “Perfect” in real estate doesn’t come often nor last very long
  • 01:43 – Most of Jay’s crazy stories involve naked people
    • 01:55 – Jay setup a showing, seller said she’ll stay out of their way
    • 02:12 – And then the woman answered the door, naked
    • 02:32 – Turned out the seller was a nudist
    • 02:42 – Jay and his buyer toured the house quickly
  • 02:48 – Jay’s other naked story
    • 03:12 – Jay opens the door with the buyer
    • 03:30 – Jay heard the shower turned off
    • 03:39 – The owner stepped out of the shower, naked
  • 04:41 – 1/3 of every realtor group Leigh asked, raised hands to say they’ve seen naked people in a showing
  • 05:25 – First question people ask, how do they look?
  • 07:05 – Being a nudist can prevent the sale of the house
  • 07:48 – Real estate is not like HGTV
  • 10:17 – Real estate agents don’t get the credit and respect due to them
  • 10:39 – Nothing is guaranteed
  • 11:29 – Reach Jay through his email
  • 12:05 – Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Crazy stuff happens—and it’s rarely the realtor’s fault.
  2. All realtors try very hard to do a professional job.
  3. At the end of the day, an agent can’t control the actions of a buyer or a seller.

Credits

Nov 8, 2016

Summary:

Realtors aren’t supposed to be morticians, right? But what if you’re asked to confirm if the home seller is really dead? That’s the story today’s guest Jean Richer is here to share!

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:37 – Introducing Jean
  • 00:49 – Jean comes from Ontario, Canada
  • 01:32 – Start of Jean’s story
    • 01:55 – The other agent didn’t want to meet
    • 02:14 – The agent was supposed to show up to the property at noon
    • 02:32 – 4 o’clock still no answer
    • 02:53 – The agent had until 6pm to reject or accept the offer
  • 03:00 – The agent calls the owner’s brother
    • 03:23 – Agent asks Jean to accompany her to the house
    • 04:10 – It was odd – the TV was still on
  • 04:14 – They walked in and called the owner’s name
  • 04:40 – Jean peeks through the bedroom
    • 04:50 – Jean sees the owner’s feet under the covers sticking up
    • 05:10 – The owner is lying on his back with his hands on his chest
    • 05:25 – Jean thought he’s dead
    • 05:47 – 911 asks them to touch him to see if he’s REALLY dead
  • 06:05 – The other realtor volunteers
  • 06:19 – The police came and drilled Jean and the agent why they were inside
  • 06:40 – The worst part
    • 07:00 – They call the other realtor to say the deal is dead
  • 07:33 – The owner died of heart attack
  • 09:45 – Connect with Jean on his website, facebook, twitter, youtube, and instagram
  • 10:08 – Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Sometimes, you run into a dead body…seriously.
  2. When something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut.
  3. Don’t enter a house alone if it’s possible.

Credits

Nov 4, 2016

Summary:

“When there’s something strange…in your neighborhood…who you gonna call?”—ever since dealing with some ghost-hunting clients and selling a haunted house, Colin Cameron has been singing the Ghostbusters theme song big time.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:39 – Introducing Colin Cameron
  • 01:03 – Colin is operating in Southern Pennsylvania, about an hour from Baltimore
  • 01:50 – 2 years ago is when Colin jumped into the real estate business
  • 02:18 – One Sunday morning, Colin got a call from a pre-approved client, Pam, using a USDA loan
    • 03:10 – Pam wanted to buy a house listed for $ 115,000
    • 03:25 – Right off the bat, Colin could tell Pam wasn’t usual thanks to her email address—“rikihealer”
    • 03:52 – Todd and Pam met at the house
  • 04:08 – As they go through the house, Pam keeps her boyfriend Steve on FaceTime
    • 04:10 – Colin had to sell the house via FaceTime
    • 04:40 – This was Colin’s first sale, they put in an $80K bid, got the house
    • 05:33 – As it turned out, Pam is a ghost-hunter
    • 06:20 – Pam continues to do business with Todd, so they show another house out in the boonies of Pennsylvania—Pam loved the house, Steve wasn’t sure
    • 06:50 – Put in a bid, got the house
    • 07:10 – That’s when Todd starting having trouble getting a hold of Pam
    • 07:20 – Todd went out with his daughter in the grocery store
    • 07:25 – Gets tapped on the shoulder by an acquaintance of Steve
      • 07:30 – He told him that Steve died that day
    • 07:45 – Steve had a heart failure but survived
  • 08:13 – Pam called Todd about the appointment
    • 08:25 – Pam wanted to continue with the purchase because Steve didn’t die
    • 09:44 – They signed the contract and bought the house
  • 10:51 – Pam did pre-occupation
    • 11:13 – They’ve now lived there for 18 months
  • 11:25 – Todd doesn’t know how old the house is
  • 11:54 – Pam figured out that the house is hunted
    • 12:20 – They’re having ghost tours in their house
  • 13:04 – Pam and Steve’s Gettysburg Ghost Exchange
  • 13:15 – Find Colin on Facebook or google him
  • 13:35 –Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Learn how to manage transactions early.
  2. Always try to help your client—no matter how different their lives may be.
  3. Be prepared for your clients’ to die.

Credits

Nov 1, 2016

Summary:

What would you had an open-house scheduled, but hours before it’s supposed to start, you show up to find the place littered with empty beer bottles and naked people from a Halloween house party thrown the night before? Paula Clark can tell you what she did in that situation during this week’s episode.

Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or in the Podcasts App on your phone. Never miss a beat from Leigh by visiting The Leigh Brown Experience.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:31 – Introducing Paula
  • 02:51 – Paula’s crazy story
  • 03:09 – A bachelor selling his home contacted Paula
  • 03:39 – Paula told him her plans for selling the house—which included an open house
  • 03:45 – Seller called Paula to inform her of his Halloween party
    • 04:23 – Paula wanted to push the open house (originally scheduled for the day after the party) to another day, but the client refused
  • 05:10 – Paula arrived at the house at 10:30 AM
    • 05:28 – After ringing the bell a few times she hears laughing and giggling
    • 05:44 – Paula peeped in the window and saw naked men and women running around
  • 06:05 – The client answered the door
    • 06:27 – At the same time, the cleaning crew Paula had scheduled arrived
    • 06:36 – Crew refused to work because of the naked people running around
  • 06:50 – Paula told the client to throw them out of the house
  • 07:27 – As Paula is going through the house, she looks over and sees a naked, erected guy, passed out on the couch
  • 08:20 – Right then, the first open house visitor showed up and rang the doorbell
    • 08:32 – Paula had nothing else to do so she threw a blanket over the man, and told the visitors the house doesn’t come with the man
  • 09:00 – 20 visitors checked the open house and the man didn’t move an inch the whole time
  • 09:15 – The house eventually got sold
  • 09:18 – The current owner’s sister is now Paula’s buyer’s agent
  • 09:49 – You can’t always control the situation
  • 10:30 – Reach Paula on her website or call/text her at 201-280-0056
  • 11:17 – Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. The show must always go on—even in the face of naked men.
  2. If your gut tells you to move the showing or open house—MOVE IT.
  3. Sometimes, you just have to smile and laugh.

Credits

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