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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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Dec 16, 2016

Summary:

Being a realtor isn’t as easy as you think, especially for the newbies in the biz! Listen as Tara Christianson explains how her naivety made her spend $15,000 of her own hard-earned money for a single listing that she never even sold!

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:

  • 00:27 – Introducing Tara
  • 00:47 – Tara started as an agent before transitioning to life as a technology and training director
    • 02:25 – Tara’s first listing was a $1.7M house
    • 02:55 – Her clients lied to her about the price
    • 03:08 – The market started to drop
    • 03:25 – Tara finally secured an offer for $1.4M
      • 03:33 – By that time, Tara has invested already $15,000 in marketing
      • 04:48 – The listing has been up for 6 months
    • 05:02 – The owners declined the offer
      • 05:19 – Why?—because they were just using their home as an ATM
    • 05:45 – The owners didn’t want to get the ‘embarrassment’ of a short sale situation, so they pulled off the market
    • 06:00 – Tara lost the $15,000 she sank into marketing and an additional $12,,000 in her first year of real estate
  • 07:37 – Timing is everything in real estate business
  • 08:25 – Homeowners don’t understand that there isn’t any expense account in real estate
  • 09:36 – Sometimes, a short-sale may be the smart economic decision
  • 09:56 – Reach Tara on her website or Tara@techwithTLC.com
  • 10:43 – Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Think for yourself. Don’t do things just because people tell you to.
  2. Always know the numbers.
  3. Spend time developing the right marketing strategy—don’t just start marketing blindly.

Credits

Dec 13, 2016

Summary:

Real estate sabotage?—Yeah, it’s a REAL thing, just ask today’s guest, Joslyn Solomon. She’ll tells us about the time she was trying to get a property sold, but kept encountering hostile neighbors, neighbors who used bees, Rottweilers, and live animal traps to make the sale an impossibility.

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:

  • 00:33 – Introducing Joslyn Soloman
    • 00:41 – Joslyn does residential real estate in Minnesota
    • 01:06 – Minnesota septic tanks freeze
  • 02:06 – Joslyn has been doing real estate for 10 years
    • 02:26 – Started with foreclosure properties
    • 02:29 – Joslyn’s first foreclosed property was a run-down manufacture home
  • 02:58 – She went up to the house and a neighbor comes along
    • 03:11 – The neighbor was instantly interested in the property
    • 03:38 – The neighbor comes up to Joslyn and says the house was a meth house
    • 03:55 – Neighbor reported the property to the county
    • 04:39 – Joslyn had to do an elevation survey for the house
    • 04:52 – Joslyn went up to the neighbor to tell him the price and he left
  • 05:08 – The house’s first showing schedule
  • 05:13 – Agent called Joslyn to say they can’t show the house
  • 05:20 – The neighbor put beehives all over the driveway claiming it was his line
    • 05:50 – There were a lot of obstacles in selling the house
  • 06:07 – Joslyn gets a call from an agent saying there are Rottweilers tied outside
    • 06:21 – Neighbor blocked the driveway by putting the dogs in long chains
  • 06:49 – The neighbor submits an offer and Joslyn tells the bank not to accept
    • 07:04 – Joslyn found live animal traps all over in the house
  • 07:24 – The guy got the house for 40% of what Joslyn listed for
  • 08:59 – Don’t try to sabotage things for your own benefit
  • 09:17 – What redemption means in Minnesota
  • 09:48 – When redemption period ends, you’re expected to get out of the property
  • 10:00 – Every state can be different with their laws
  • 10:57 – Not every house is available at all times
  • 11:37 – There are different and varying rules in every property
  • 12:04 – Foreclosures are their own beast
  • 12:36 –Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at crazyshitinrealestate.com
  • 13:04 – Reach Joslyn here or call at 612 850 3153

3 Key Points

  1. People will try to devalue any property to get it at a lower price so be aware.
  2. It’s not always the owner or the buyer that has the problem. Sometimes, it’s the neighbor!
  3. Some can suck—as a real estate agent, you have to get over it.

Credits

Dec 9, 2016

Summary:

Realty is about more than making the sale—it’s about making the clients feel comfortable and, if need be, normal. And sometimes that means listening to the walls, or pretending to see “wonderful kittens” in a closet that doesn’t exist! Listen as today’s guest, Lani Rosales talks about her experience with a schizophrenic client.

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:

  • 00:33 – Introducing Lani
  • 01:24 – It’s challenging to have a client who is schizophrenic
  • 01:51 – Lani started as an on-site property manager for a luxury property
  • 02:10 – One elderly woman won’t deal with anybody except Lani
    • 02:37 – Old woman wants Lani to see her closet
    • 02:52 – She said Lani would love the “kittens” – but there weren’t any!
    • 03:14 – The lady comes everyday to tell Lani about the “kittens”
    • 03:51 – Old woman starts calling Lani
    • 04:05 – The lady believed the soap used to clean the carpet “burns” her feet
    • 04:18 – Lani experimented with different covers on the lady’s feet
  • 06:33 – It’s easy to forget how personal a transaction is
  • 07:13 – Realtors should be honored to be part of the process
  • 07:40 – Reach Lani here
  • 08:00– Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Empathy is an important asset for any realtor.
  2. Real estate transactions are personal transactions.
  3. It’s not always about the pay check; it’s also about helping your clients out.

Credits

Dec 6, 2016

Summary:

Imagine a client shooting off his finger because of anger –that results to non closing because he can’t sign! How out of this world is that?! Listen as Marsha Stowell shares about her experience on her very first client in real estate.

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:

  • 00:30 – Introducing Marsha
  • 01:21 – Marsha’s crazy story
    • 01:31 – Marsha’s first client purchased a house 2 doors from theirs
    • 02:09 – Clients and Marsha quickly formed a contract, a contract that would be closing in a week
    • 02:14 – Client said he didn’t have enough money
    • 02:29 – The wife calls Marsha
    • 02:33 – Marsha hurriedly drove up to the house
    • 02:37 – Wife brings Marsha on the yard and there was blood every where
    • 02:43 – The husband got angry and shot his finger
  • 02:53 – Long story short, they didn’t get to close
  • 04:12 – Reach Marsha on her website or at 423 534 0336
  • 04:26 – Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Don’t shoot your finger off…how’s that for life advice?

Credits

Dec 2, 2016

Summary:

Moving into a new house might sound easy, but as today’s guests Clark and Elizabeth will tell you—it’s not…especially when you break your leg and forget to have the gas and water utilities turned on!

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:

  • 00:41 – Introducing Clark and Elizabeth
  • 01:10 – They started by purchasing one house
  • 01:38 – Working with an attorney to ensure the deal goes smoothly
  • 01:57 – Elizabeth catches some bad luck—breaks her leg
    • 02:43 – At the emergency room, Clark offers to cancel his trip to Australia
    • 03:20 – They decide Clark shouldn’t cancel, friends help Elizabeth with their move
  • 04:22 – Clark and Elizabeth benefited from a very nice, helpful agent
  • 04:35 – During the move, Elizabeth got the electricity, phone, and cable all set up
    • 05:05 – But she completely forgot about the furnaces, gas, and water!
    • 05:53 – Clark also forgot about everything
    • 06:35 – As did the real estate agent
  • 07:07 – The gas and water offices were closed Monday for holiday, so Elizabeth had to shower at a friend’s house
  • 07:45 – Eventually, Elizabeth got everything in the house settled—including furniture—in spite of her leg
    • 08:01 – When Clark got back from AU, he suggested moving the furniture—Elizabeth shut him down, HARD
  • 08:26 – It was a first time learner’s experience
  • 09:38 – Elizabeth formed a community to help her during the move
  • 10:40 – “Realtors, remember to help your clients out”
  • 10:53 – Are you a listener with a crazy story to share? Ping Leigh at www.crazyshitinrealestate.com

3 Key Points

  1. Always create a checklist when you’re moving.
  2. Always keep your friends and family close—you’ll need them when it’s time to move.
  3. The first time you move will be a big time learning experience—there will be problems. Keep a smile on your face.

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