Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate with Leigh Brown

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Feb 17, 2017

Agents go out of their way to prepare snacks for clients, but what do you do with the clients who pack down their purses with the snacks? Or better yet, rob the whole house that you’re showing? In this episode, Leigh welcomes Scott Lincicome who is from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Scott shares his experience dealing with some downright thieves. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:41 – Leigh introduces Scott
  • 00:53 – Scott is from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in Pinehurst
  • 01:09 – The largest Harris Teeter store is in Pinehurst
  • 02:23 – Scott calls his clients “snack snatchers” in the story
  • 02:49 – The story started last fall during a estate sale
    • 03:32 – 2 days after the sale, Scott got a call from an internet lead —a family who wanted to see the house
    • 03:40 – The clients came to the house and said they wanted to buy the house and said they also bought the furniture from the estate sale that happened two days ago
    • 04:20 – Scott got a call from an agent with an offer represented by that family that got in contact with him via internet
    • 04:58 – The family’s agent was negotiating with Scott over the sale of the house
    • 05:20 – The family’s agent said that every meeting, the family would steal the snacks the agent prepared, thus the nickname “snack snatchers”
    • 06:31 – Scott received a call from a different agent about a couple interested in the same property
    • 07:00 – The couple turned out to be the snack snatchers from the first agent with whom Scott was already negotiating
  • 08:17 – Three weeks ago….
    • 08:22 – The snack snatchers had an offer on another house one street over, with the same builder who partners with Scott
    • 08:44 – Two days before the closing, the snack snatchers went to the property with an agent and they unlocked the windows
    • 08:54 – The day before closing, the snack snatchers went back into the house through the windows and backed out of the sale, closing day
  • 09:30 – Back to the first story...
    • 09:39 – Scott, the agent, and the snack snatchers went to the property
    • 09:46 – Scott talked to the agent in the corner about what happened three weeks ago
    • 10:00 – While the snack snatchers were touring the house, they got a call from Scott’s first agent asking them what was going on
    • 10:32 – The husband was on the phone
    • 10:52 – The wife said that she still needed to look at one thing and went back inside the house
    • 11:00 – The husband told the wife that they needed to go, so they left in their minivan
    • 11:20 – The agent went back into the house and noticed that the wife unlocked the back door
    • 11:43 – Scott calls the first agent to check on the first property the snack snatchers visited
    • 12:00 – Scott drove to the first property to see the lights on, the back door unlocked, and the furniture missing
    • 14:30 – Four days after, the snack snatchers were seen around the neighborhood sneaking around
    • 15:00 – Scott and some of the people from the neighborhood called the police
    • 15:20 – It turned out that the snack snatchers were making an offer again on a house across the property they had just robbed
    • 15:51 – The snack snatchers bought the third house
  • 17:45 – Reach Scott at 910-315-7856, or by email and website
  • 19:00 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate! 

3 Key Points

  1. You can usually find crazy clients, but psychotic ones – they’re quite rare.
  2. Be more cautious during the viewing—make sure that you’re the last to check the house.
  3. Advise your agents of previous problematic clients, so they will be more aware.