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Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate with Leigh Brown

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Feb 28, 2017

In this episode, Leigh welcomes Pam Gebhardt to the show. Pam is a realtor in the Atlanta area and has been in the real estate industry for more than 26 years. Her crazy story describes a kind deed that went terribly wrong and is, indeed, a tragedy! Listen to hear why Pam no longer gives housewarming parties as a congratulatory gift to  her clients.  

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:36 – Introducing Pam Gebhardt
  • 00:54 – Pam was trained in Education with a master’s degree in Mathematics
  • 01:01 – It’s her 26th year now, as a realtor in Atlanta
  • 01:58 – This is a true and crazy story
    • 02:12 – Pam lives in a gated golf course community
    • 02:17 – She sells and lists homes around the area
    • 02:21 – When Pam sells a luxury home, she throws a housewarming party for the clients
    • 02:37 – She sold a $2.8M brand new home to friends in her community
    • 02:48 – They closed in July, but her clients didn’t want to do the party until they had all the furniture in the house
    • 02:58 – They called Pam in mid-October for the party
    • 03:03 – They had the caterers and 140 guests ready
    • 03:27 – People were in the house – it was full
    • 03:35 – Pam and the owner were in the basement, in the home theater and bar
    • 03:49 – All of a sudden, Pam and her client noticed a smell – which they thought were people going up and down the elevator
    • 04:10 – Pam suggested to her client to get people off the elevator, which he did
    • 04:21 – They started to see smoke coming out of the cam lights
    • 04:27 – 5 minutes later, all the alarms went off in the house
    • 04:35 – Finally, they decided to go outside
    • 04:50 – There were flames shooting out of the fireplace
    • 05:06 – A person came up and told them to go in front of the house – somebody called the fire department
    • 05:18 – Everybody thought is was funny
    • 05:36 – The firemen advised them to take the cars out of the garage and remove all jewelry from the house
    • 05:51 – People were having fun outside
    • 05:58 – The firemen went up the house with a ladder
    • 06:27 – All of a sudden, all the firemen came running out of the house
    • 06:30 – All 120 guests were outside and they watched the house burn to the ground
    • 06:46 – Her clients lost everything! Fortunately, their old house was not sold and was still furnished
    • 06:58 – The client moved back to their old house and Pam recommended a reputable builder for them
    • 07:14 – Long story short, there was a defective fireplace
    • 07:19 – Pam makes sure that inspection amendments are being chased properly
  • 07:34 – Once the attic is in flames, there’s nothing that can save the house
  • 07:47 – The incident bothered Pam and the people in the community
  • 08:20 – The insurance company reimbursed the money
  • 08:49 – The clients were back in the house in a year and 21 days after the fire
  • 09:33 – The insurance company sued the fireplace company
  • 10:13 – It took Pam at least 2 years before she could talk about it
  • 10:30 – Her client’s father was a fire chief in another city, so he understood the gravity of what happened
  • 10:44 – The buyers now ended up with a much better home than they originally had
  • 12:03 – Pam’s clients made “lemonade out of lemons”
  • 12:32 – Pam now gives paintings instead of housewarming parties
  • 13:17 – Pam has a team of 3 and is located north-northeast of Atlanta
  • 13:30 – Contact Pam on her email
  • 13:50 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. It pays to check, cross check, and triple check the quality of the house you’re buying.
  2. It’s normal to feel guilty for something bad that happens to the house you sold, even if it’s not your fault.
  3. Make sure to have a great home insurance for your home.

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Feb 24, 2017

Start them young! This is what Michelle did for her daughter, Amanda, who started joining client meetings and showings every time she was grounded. This relationship eventually grew to a mother-daughter partnership in real estate. In this episode, Leigh welcomes Michelle and Amanda Gordon who are family, best friends, and business partners. Michelle and Amanda are both from The Gordon Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:40 – Leigh introduces Michelle and Amanda Gordon
    • 00:50 – Michelle is with The Gordon Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • 00:55 – Amanda is also with Gordon Group and is a Director of ISA
  • 01:36 – Michelle discusses the family dynamics
    • 01:40 – Amanda was with Michelle since Amanda was 13 years old
  • 02:00 – Amanda would help Michelle in her work whenever she was grounded
    • 03:10 – Amanda would go to showings and client meetings with Michelle
  • 03:40 – Amanda didn’t want to go to college, but her parents insisted
    • 03:48 – Amanda took 1 year in business school
  • 04:05 – Michelle and Amanda are also best friends and business partners
    • 04:15 – While working, Amanda would call Michelle by her first name and Michelle would fully understand why
  • 05:14 – Amanda became Michelle’s secretary and would do administrative work—this is where Amanda learned the back end of real estate
    • 05:35 – Michelle is the techy one and taught Amanda about social media marketing
    • 06:20 – Amanda and Michelle have almost the same DISC profile result
    • 06:30 – Leigh explains what the DISC profile test is
  • 07:30 – Amanda and Michelle had a roller-coaster, working relationship as a mother and daughter
    • 08:08 – Amanda quit and got fired more than 5 times
    • 08:22 – Michelle needed to figure out the dividing language for them
    • 08:30 – Michelle hired a business coach to help them
    • 08:47 – Michelle and Amanda are both passionate about real estate
  • 09:10 – Michelle shares her views on getting out of the business, without losing the business
    • 09:20 – Michelle has to make a smooth transition and it was a wise move to have Amanda start early on
  • 10:16 – Michelle and Amanda’s specialize in luxury listings
    • 10:30 – The price range for a luxury listing in Grand Rapids
    • 11:17 – Michelle gets people from New York and other cities wanting to relocate to Grand Rapids
    • 11:55 – People should not rely on national media to talk about the real estate market because they simply don’t know the market
  • 12:14 – Grand Rapids’ focus is local
  • 13:15 – Amanda talks about the python they saw in one house
    • 13:18 – In 2008/09, Michelle and Amanda had a showing together
    • 13:25 – In a box that was half-covered by a sheet, was a 15ft python
    • 13:43 – There was also a room with 5 bird cages
    • 14:08 – Michelle and Amanda went upstairs because the parrots were making so much noise
  • 15:50 – Grand Rapids, Michigan is different from Detroit
  • 16:51 – There are areas in Grand Rapids that are on the rise, so it is a good opportunity for investors
  • 17:36 – Amanda knows her areas well
  • 18:07 – Reach Amanda Gordon at 616-560-2928 or by email
  • 18:22 – Call or text Michelle Gordon at 616-443-0596 or by email
  • 19:10 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Having your child become involved in your business at a young age has its pros and cons.
  2. Hiring a business consultant will not only help your business, but your relationship with your business partners as well.
  3. People should not rely on national media to talk about the real estate market, because they simply don’t know the market well.

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Feb 21, 2017

Real estate was in Mark Allen’s blood, but he found himself wanting to take a different path than his parents. In the end, his roots won him over and he found great success in real estate. Listen as he shares a crazy story about hosting an open house in the wrong neighborhood—but manages to make that sale anyway. In this episode, Leigh interviews Mark Allen, Vice President for Industry Relations at Move Inc.

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: 

  • 00:22 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:44 – Leigh introduces Mark Allen
  • 01:05 – Mark currently works with Move Inc., a company that provides real estate software products and they also operate com
  • 01:30 – Back then, Mark became a real estate agent after college
  • 01:44 – He’s an S-O-B (Son of a broker)
  • 02:04 – When he went to college, he wanted to do anything, but real estate
  • 02:15 – His real estate career has been wonderful throughout the years
  • 02:20 – Mark shares a story of when he was a new agent
    • 02:35 – One new agent, like himself, was holding an open house for one of the senior agents
    • 02:44 – The open house was set on a Sunday afternoon, at Red Circle Drive
    • 02:56 – The sellers were not in the house, but the door was open for the open house
    • 03:02 – The open house lasted for 2.5 hours and had a fair amount of traffic
    • 03:10 – Just as the agent was about to close the house, the sellers came up and were quite irate as to why he was on their property
    • 03:19 – The agent quickly said they agreed to have an open house that day to market the home to buyers
    • 03:26 – The sellers told him that their house was NOT for sale
    • 03:33 – The agent realized he was not supposed to be on Red Circle South, but in Red Circle North!
    • 04:00 – The agent had buyers interested from the open house he held and eventually ended up selling the house he showed, but didn’t list
    • 04:14 – The buyers offered a price that the homeowners did not anticipate
    • 04:50 – The original homeowners from where the agent originally listed weren’t very happy that their house didn’t have that initial open house, but the listing agent was able to recover from that
  • 05:13 – The real estate business is a very fluid environment
  • 05:32 – 35% of the US population has linear thinking
  • 06:06 – Mark shares another story as a realtor
    • 06:09 – Mark was called to show a house
    • 06:15 – He picked up the buyer from a shopping mall and drove them to the house
    • 06:24 – As he was picking up his things, he saw the buyer get into another car and drive off
    • 06:32 – He became an instant Uber driver
  • 07:17 – Mark’s parents both have been successful in real estate
  • 08:08 – Move Inc. is not owned by the National Association of Realtors
  • 08:19 – More than 2 years ago, it was purchased and is now a subsidiary of NewsCorp
  • 09:17 – com is a website for real estate listings
  • 11:20 – Reach Mark on his email
  • 12:00 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. The path you’re avoiding might be the path that will lead you to success.
  2. Always double check your listings!
  3. Be open to options and don’t just stick with linear thinking.

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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.

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Feb 14, 2017

The smell of cookies baking in the oven, the decor arranged just right, clearing the clutter...all strategies to draw people in. However, a very chic cake left for you to sample? Now, that’s just showing off. However, for Ruth, this particular cake was no ordinary cake. In this episode, Leigh welcomes Ruth Hauser who has been in real estate for almost 15 years. She is an agent for Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston in the Raleigh area in North Carolina.

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:

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:38 – Leigh introduces Ruth
  • 00:59 – Ruth is an agent at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston
  • 01:15 – She’s been in real estate for almost 15 years
  • 02:02 – Ruth’s story starts with a house she listed several years ago for a young couple
    • 02:11 – Fortunately, her clients were very patient and easy to work with
    • 02:19 – The house was always clean and rarely missed a showing
    • 02:30 – Their house was under contract with a big investment company
    • 02:46 – Eventually, they also went under contract with the house they wanted to purchase
    • 02:50 – Home inspections were done and went well
    • 02:59 – The house the couple wanted to purchase, had a big chic cake on the kitchen counter
    • 03:21 – It was a huge cake and it was partially eaten
    • 03:30 – 2 days after the inspection, the investment company purchasing the couple’s house terminated the contract
    • 03:55 – The couple terminated the purchase with the “cake house” because they needed to sell their house first
    • 04:03 – 21 days later, the couple’s house went under contract again so they went under contract with the “cake house” for the second time
    • 04:18 – Both deals closed this time
    • 04:26 – When they went to look back at the “cake house”, the cake was still there but was in the garage with more of it, eaten
    • 04:49 – The cake looked exactly the same 21 days earlier—no mold, no bugs, and no melting
  • 06:23 – The cake became an inside joke for Ruth and her clients
  • 07:13 – Buyers name houses all the time
  • 07:51 – “You need to be memorable for the right reasons”
  • 09:24 – Reach Ruth through her phone at 919-818-9982 or email her at hauserr@hpw.com
  • 10:32 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate 

3 Key Points

  1. It’s a blessing for a realtor to find patient and understanding clients.
  2. There will be times that houses under contract get terminated if “the numbers don’t add up.”
  3. Make an impact and be memorable to your clients for the right reasons.

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Feb 10, 2017

Rachel didn’t think she’d be dealing with anymore crises after switching professions. That’s the beauty of real estate, you never know what you’re going to walk into next.  In this episode, Leigh welcomes Rachel Hammer, a board director of the Ottawa Real Estate Board, who has been in real estate for over 11 years. She was a former crisis counselor for the government before she became a realtor. It looks like her experience has come in handy for this particular couple from Ottawa.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:22 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:37 – Introducing Rachel Hammer, from Ottawa
  • 00:51 – Rachel has been a realtor for 11 years
  • 00:54 – She is also a board director for the Ottawa Real Estate Board
  • 00:58 – She was a crisis counselor for the government in the past
  • 02:23 – Rachel’s story happened a year ago
    • 02:25 – She got a lead from their brokerage website
    • 02:29 – It was a gentleman interested in listing his home
    • 02:33 – Rachel contacted him and the man mentioned that his wife was working, so she wouldn’t be with them – Rachel didn’t think too much about this
    • 02:43 – She made an appointment and made a visit
    • 02:48 – It was the most beautiful home Rachel was going to list, so she was excited
    • 02:54 – The man was casual and laid back and he signed the papers right away
    • 03:03 – He told Rachel to set up an appointment with his wife
    • 03:13 – It took a few weeks for the wife to reply
    • 03:29 – She set-up an appointment
    • 03:36 – The woman was crying hysterically and was screaming at Rachel
    • 03:55 – Rachel learned that the couple hadn’t been together for 2 years and that he was already with another woman
    • 04:08 – Rachel couldn’t believe the man left Rachel to tell his wife that they were no longer together after 15 years and a child
    • 04:19 – The wife allowed Rachel in the house and they talked
    • 04:45 – After they talked, the wife asked Rachel if they were going to sign the papers
    • 05:00 – Rachel said “no” to be considerate
    • 05:11 – Rachel recommended the wife go see a lawyer
    • 05:43 – The husband wanted to sell but the wife tried to avoid showings
    • 05:52 – Rachel had to come up with a strategy to make the wife excited about the sale
    • 06:02 – They looked for a house very similar to the wife’s at a price she could afford on her own
    • 06:12 – They negotiated two deals within the same week that allowed the wife to move on
    • 06:25 – Rachel is still working with the ex-husband to find a new home for him and his new girlfriend
  • 07:00 – Rachel genuinely felt bad for the wife having to go through that sale
  • 07:37 – Each realtor has different qualities
  • 08:08 – Leigh commends Rachel about being client-first and not being selfish when she had the chance to push the sale
  • 08:47 – Rachel believes that things happen for a reason
  • 09:51 – Realtors help clients make the right decisions to find their perfect home
  • 10:58 – The house is usually the last part of that relationship
  • 11:58 – There is NO realtor training for dealing with clients’ emotions
  • 12:55 – It’s not about how long you’ve been in the business
  • 14:05 – Build a relationship with your realtors
  • 14:55 – Connect with Rachel on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • 15:35 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. A great realtor puts the client first in finding that perfect home.
  2. Show compassion to your clients – it’s not always about the money.
  3. Every home, every client, and every situation is different.

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Feb 7, 2017

Yet another unfortunate pet event—apparently someone forgot to tie up the dogs and the results were fatal. In this episode, Leigh shares the mic with Diane Vinson Kolberg, a real estate broker from Bozeman, Montana. Diane has been in the real estate industry for over 17 years and delves into her unfortunate story as well as the reasons why it is important to set your schedule as a realtor. 

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 

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:27 – Introducing Diane to the show
  • 00:53 – Diane comes from Bozeman, Montana where it’s -25° right now
  • 00:57 – Diane is a real estate broker and has been in the industry for 17 years
  • 01:53 – Diane’s tips for looking at properties in Montana, in the winter
  • 02:52 – Diane received an email from one of the producers of a real estate show asking for the best looking developers in her area
  • 03:43 – TV’s vision of reality is far different from the truth
  • 04:51 – Diane has a lot of stories, but she decided to share this one
    • 05:00 – Diane was showing a house for one of her friends
    • 05:09 – Her friend, MIchelle, was unavailable so Diane did the showing
    • 05:21 – This story happened 13 years ago
    • 05:31 – The place was beautiful
    • 05:45 – Michelle was so excited about the place and tried opening a window
    • 05:55 – When they looked down at the yard, there were 6 dead kittens lying around
    • 06:21 – The dogs got into the kittens
  • 06:43 – Diane’s friend, Michelle, was an amazing realtor
  • 07:32 – At one time, Michelle had 14 deals going on at once without an assistant
  • 07:47– When the recession hit, it was really hard for Michelle
  • 08:08 – 6 years ago, Michelle struggled from a cerebral hemorrhage and a stroke
  • 08:20 – She was in a coma for a month, but she lived
  • 08:41 – She still has her sense of humor
  • 08:51 – Say “NO” when you have to
  • 08:58 – “We can’t be everything to everybody”
  • 09:57 – Don’t let work be a huge burden in your life
  • 10:24 – Be honest and clear about your schedule to your clients – they will understand
  • 11:15 – You have value
  • 12:50 – Connect with Diane through Facebook, email: kolberg@gmail.com, or call her at 406 539 1593
  • 14:10 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. There are prime times throughout the year to put your house up for viewings.
  2. Hustling is good, but keep your priorities in tact. Know when to say “No”.
  3. Set a schedule – your clients will be more understanding that you think.

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Feb 3, 2017

Koki has not 1, but 5 crazy stories to share—and, to our dismay, we don’t even get his most crazy one! In this episode, Leigh interviews Koki Adasi, an associate broker and team leader for Long and Foster Real Estate in Washington DC. With 10 years in the industry, Koki is no stranger to the debauchery that can be found behind closed doors.

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: 

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:27 – Introducing Koki Adasi to the show
  • 00:47 – Koki is a Team Leader and Associate Broker for Long & Foster, in Washington, DC
  • 01:03 – Koki has been in real estate for 10 years
  • 01:55 – There are so many stories Koki has from his 10-year experience
  • 02:07 – The best story Koki has can’t be shared
  • 02:18 – One of Leigh’s brokers told her before, “If you don’t wind up in litigation at some point, you really aren’t busy in real estate”
  • 02:39 – Koki shares about the crazy mural
    • 02:42 – Koki had a short-sale listing 5-6 years ago
    • 02:48 – The house was in disrepair
    • 02:54 – The seller had a knee problem and asked Koki to go upstairs by himself
    • 03:07 – Koki found this huge mural across the wall which was the picture of the owner in a thong!
    • 03:27 – When Koki went downstairs, the owner’s boyfriend looked at him, laughing
  • 04:14 – Koki’s second story just happened recently
    • 04:18 – He was in Virginia, showing a luxury property
    • 04:23 – He arrived at the property before his clients
    • 04:42 – He pulled up to the house and looked to see if anyone was there
    • 04:46 – A highschool kid answered the door
    • 05:00 – Koki’s clients arrived and they went through the house
    • 05:06 – They went into their son’s bedroom and saw a young lady in the bed, under the sheets
  • 05:37 – Koki shares his third story
    • 05:43 – Koki called the owner early and she said she’ll be home for the showing
    • 05:52 – Koki and his clients knocked, but no one answered
    • 06:00 – As soon as they walked in, the condo smelt like marijuana
    • 06:14 – They proceeded to go in and walk around
    • 06:26 – The master bedroom door was wide open and they found two people doing the deed
    • 06:45 – Koki’s client wanted to watch, but he proceeded to leave
  • 07:28 – Koki shares a dog story
    • 07:38 – Koki was previewing a property
    • 07:41 – The owner said there are dogs in the house that are super friendly
    • 07:52 – Koki arrived at the property and tried to make some noise – no dogs in sight
    • 07:57 – He walked upstairs and heard dogs barking from the basement
    • 08:04 – He went to the top of the stairs and saw not-very-friendly looking pitbulls
    • 08:21 – He turned and ran to the bathroom, while the dogs barked ferociously
    • 08:28 – The dogs made it to the top of the stairs and were banging the bathroom door
    • 08:33 – He wasn’t comfortable leaving the property so Koki waited 30 mins for the agent to fetch him
  • 09:20 – Koki’s last story happened while they were doing a home inspection
    • 09:37 – They knew there was one tenant who was unhappy that the owner was selling the property
    • 09:44 – The tenant was following them around
    • 09:54 – The tenant threatened Koki’s client that if they proceeded to buy the property, he would kill them
    • 10:15 – Koki’s client is handicapped
    • 10:34 – They followed the tenant to his unit and tried to diffuse his anger
    • 10:50 – Koki’s client said they weren’t buying the property
  • 11:52 – Previewing means your realtor goes out to check on the property prior to any showings
  • 12:00 – Leigh believes agents should preview a property before bringing a client over for a viewing
  • 13:12 – Connect with Koki on his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • 14:04 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate 

3 Key Points

  1. Definitely expect to have MORE than one crazy real estate story over the span of your career.
  2. Property owners can sometimes be uncooperative in unexpected ways.
  3. Realtors should always preview the properties before the actual showings for the client.

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Jan 31, 2017

Steve Westmark knew he had to keep his cool when he found his seller asleep and the house a mess minutes after the open house was scheduled to begin. Little did he know, he’d be dealing with paramedics and questioned by the police in this unfortunate, real estate story. In this episode, Leigh interviews Steve Westmark, from Minneapolis, Minnesota—a realtor who stayed calm in a terrible situation.

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:20 – Introduction to today’s episode
  • 00:28 – Today Leigh welcomes Steve Westmark!
    • 01:03 – Steve started in 1973, right out of elementary school
    • 01:09 – Steve works in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 01:56 – Steve is finally sharing his real-estate story!
    • 01:57 – Steve was planning his open house from 1:00-4:00pm
    • 02:04 – Steve arrived at the house at 1:05 and luckily no one was there
    • 02:21 – When Steve walked into the house, the seller was not prepared
    • 02:40 – Steve started cleaning everything and making the house presentable
    • 03:10 – Someone rang the bell, but the seller was still sleeping in bed
    • 03:37 – Steve walked the client around the house
    • 04:00 – Steve told the client about the potential of the house and took a look at the lot
    • 04:24 – Steve walked up the bedroom to wake up the seller
    • 04:37 – The seller didn’t look alive, so Steve called 911
    • 05:22 – Steve went back to the room, as advised by 911, to verify whether the seller was dead
    • 06:09 – Steve closed the open house, even though interested buyers kept coming
    • 07:00 – Another client arrived for the open house at the same time as the police
    • 07:51 – Steve walked in the house with the police and answered their questions
    • 08:42 – The paramedics came and it was confirmed that the seller died from a heart attack, Steve was released by the police
    • 09:18 – Steve called the pastor who referred him to the seller and told him the sad news
  • 10:43 – The family of the seller gave Steve back the listing after 6 months
  • 10:50 – Steve was still able to sell the house
  • 11:08 – Leigh’s takeaways from Steve’s story
  • 12:10 – Contact Steve Westmark through his website at com or at SteveWestmark.com

3 Key Points

  1. Plan and organize your open house—be there AHEAD of the scheduled time to make sure everything is in order.
  2. Stay calm and keep your cool, even in the most stressful and unplanned situations.
  3. Do your due diligence and check in with your seller before the open house.

Credits

Jan 27, 2017

Have you ever considered using Craigslist for your next home purchase? Perhaps it’s just reserved for that broken toaster or teal ottoman you’ve had your eye on. Susanne Casey not only helped one client purchase a house on Craigslist, but THREE clients for the SAME house, over a span of 2 years—poor woman. In this episode, Leigh interviews Susanne Casey from Columbus, Ohio, who takes us into her Craigslist buying fiasco and why sometimes we’re just better off calling  a realtor.

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:20 – Introduction to today’s episode
  • 00:40 – Today, Leigh welcomes Susanne Casey!
    • 01:00 – Susanne is located in Columbus, Ohio
    • 01:05 – Real estate is Susanne’s 3rd career
    • 01:20 – She started as an agent and now has her own team
    • 01:39 – Susanne does charity work with a client
  • 03:00 – Susanne is finally sharing her real-estate story!
    • 03:02 – Susanne had a Craigslist house that she helped a buyer purchase 3 times in 2 years
    • 03:27 – In 2008, Susanne had a great client that saw a house in Craigslist that was listed for sale by the owner
    • 04:25 – The house was overpriced and had 3 owners/decision-makers involved
    • 05:20 – Susanne asked for a lower offer than posted
    • 06:10 – Susanne and her buyer went to visit the house and made an offer
    • 07:00 – The seller rejected the offer and Susanne’s buyer agreed to go with the listing price; the house was sold
    • 07:44 – After almost a year, Susanne saw the house listed again on Craigslist by her client that she had helped purchase the house in the first place
    • 08:19 – The previous owners wanted to move back
    • 08:50 – Susanne brought in new buyers who bought the house
    • 09:06 – 8 months later, the house was on Craigslist again!
    • 09:13 – The couple who bought the house was getting a divorce
    • 09:38 – Susanne brought another buyer in who was represented by a family member that was a commercial agent
    • 10:00 – The buyer lived in the neighborhood for 20 years before and the house hasn’t been on Craigslist since
  • 10:43 – Leigh’s takeaways from Susanne’s story
  • 12:20 – Contact Susanne Casey through her Susanne@SusanneCasey.com and at 614-313-8198

3 Key Points

  1. Putting your house on Craigslist can cause more hassle than it’s worth.
  2. Realtors can help you make the right decisions to save money and time.
  3. Don’t ever have the two parties, buyer and seller, in the same place.

Credits

Jan 24, 2017

Melissa Kennedy did her due diligence and advised her client to evaluate over and over again, her decision to buy a trainwreck of a house. Did the client comply? Of course not! Otherwise, we wouldn’t have this story. In this episode, Leigh interviews Melissa Kennedy from Pittsburgh. Tune is as Melissa shares just how stubborn a client can be and the repercussions Melissa endured just for doing her job.                                                               

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:20 – Introduction to today’s episode
  • 00:44 – Today, Leigh welcomes Melissa Kennedy!
    • 00:53 – Melissa has been selling in the suburbs of Pittsburgh for 6 years
    • 01:01 – Melissa made $9M last year, by herself
  • 01:16 – Leigh explains the current trend in real estate where agents are turning into teams
  • 02:31 – The $9M equates to about 50 properties that were sold by Melissa
  • 03:18 – Melissa is finally sharing her real-estate story!
    • 03:25 – Melissa turned down a listing for the first time
    • 03:32 – A past client called Melissa and wanted to make an offer on a house
    • 04:07 – Melissa went to the property and took a ton of pictures. She was on the phone with the client describing the place and telling the client how it was worse off than other properties
    • 04:26 – The client was really determined to buy
    • 04:33 – Melissa advised the client to have a home inspection with a structural engineer
    • 04:44 – The house was 100+ years old
    • 05:10 – The client decided NOT to see the house or have an inspection
  • 06:06 – One hour before closing:
    • 06:13 – Melissa suggested to have a final walkthrough
    • 06:24 – They met at the house and the client was blown away by the condition and felt it was worse off than she saw in the photos
    • 06:37 – Melissa advised her client to walk away if it was too much for her to handle, but the client wanted to follow through on the sale
    • 07:00 – The client was really upset during the closing
    • 07:19 – After closing, the client started screaming at Melissa
    • 07:30 – The client wanted an idea of what the house could sell for once it was finished and Melissa felt she couldn’t offer her a number because it wasn’t a finished product
    • 08:05 – 2 hours after closing and throughout the weekend, the client was bombarding her with texts and calls, sending pictures and her complaints about the house
    • 08:45 – The client was unhappy and wanted to get out of it, somehow
    • 09:20 – Melissa told her that she can’t “un-sign” the papers
    • 10:00 – Melissa decided that she could no longer work with the client
    • 10:29 – The client flipped out and wrote Melissa a bad review in Zillow
    • 11:09 – The client’s new agent was Melissa’s ex-boyfriend
    • 11:33 – The property was listed, then withdrawn, then listed again with a different agent
  • 12:22 – Leigh’s takeaways from Melissa’s story
    • 13:35 – “The market is so fluid”
  • 14:23 – Contact Melissa Kennedy through email at MelissaKennedy@Northwood.com or at 412-527 -4393

3 Key Points

  1. Having a great track record with previous clients does NOT guarantee a great experience with your next client.
  2. Do NOT blame the agent for your carelessness and please don’t harass them; they have lives, too.
  3. The real estate market is never steady—you cannot price, today, a product that isn’t finished.

Credits

Jan 20, 2017

In this episode, Leigh interviews Sean Moore, a former police officer who shifted his career into full time real estate. Even though crazy stuff happens in real estate all the time, this police officer’s buyer’s experience is one of the most unbelievable ones you’ll ever hear—mind your ears, there’s porn in this one!

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:28 – Introducing Sean Moore
  • 00:48 – Sean was formerly a police officer but has been in real estate for 12 years
  • 01:01 – His background is in education and training helped him in his real estate career
  • 01:43 – Pre-licensing doesn’t teach you everything you’ll face in the field
  • 02:30 – Sean’s story happened in his 2nd or 3rd year in the business
    • 02:42 – In Columbia, Missouri where he works, new construction was booming
    • 02:48 – A plethora of new construction homes were built and the biggest bracket was the starter home or the 3-2-2 (3BR/2T&B/2CG)
    • 03:27 – Sean was referred to a first-time buyer couple
    • 03:38 – The couple had been clear upfront, informing Sean that they are very thorough in checking properties
    • 03:50 – The couple told Sean they would probably look at a hundred houses before they could make a decision
    • 04:01 – Sean set ground rules for the couple – including giving a login portal for the couple to check out properties on their database
    • 04:17 – He also instructed them to do “drive-bys”
    • 05:03 – The family got into a habit of printing out data sheets on Fridays before driving by the houses
    • 05:19 – Their criteria was New Construction ONLY
    • 05:42 – One particular Friday, Sean answered a phone call, and the woman from the couple was screaming terribly into the phone
      • 06:15 – It took Sean 30-40 seconds to calm the woman down
      • 06:32 – Eventually, he figured out what was going on—there was a porn shoot happening on the property they went to look at
      • 06:42 – The husband got on the phone and validated what his wife said
    • 07:20 – Sean got off the phone and called the listing agent, who happened to be a friend of his
    • 07:42 – Sean told the agent what happened and his agent thought he was joking
    • 08:08 – Sean asked his agent to look into the issue
    • 08:17 – The agent called back after an hour and it turned out the builder of the house had a foreman dating a pornstar – and they had full consent to use the home as a stage!
    • 08:36 – Sean called his buyer back and apologized for what happened
    • 08:53 – The wife’s only comment was, “Well, if we to buy that house, Sean, they would have to steam clean those carpets”
  • 09:27 – Sean has better stories in real estate than in law enforcement
  • 10:17 – Past career experiences can definitely help you out in real estate
  • 10:33 – Sean’s experiences being a street cop vs real estate agent
  • 11:04 – There was a guy who was a police officer with Sean but left his career for real estate
  • 11:15 – Now, 6 ex-law enforcers in Sean’s marketplace are successful realtors
  • 12:06 – Leigh points out that buyers who want to look at a hundred homes may be difficult to work with
  • 12:26 – Sean’s professionalism led him to make markers and rules around how he and his buyers could make the home-hunt work
  • 13:06 – In real estate, you track 3 numbers – volume, commission earned and units
  • 13:18 – Focus on the units – these are the people and relationships
  • 14:40 – Reach out to Sean Moore Associates at www.sean-moore.com
  • 15:20 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Your past career experiences can be of great value and help mightily when launching in to a real estate career.
  2. Always be professional with your clients, even when they aren’t behaving in a professional manner.
  3. Be careful of giving your clients free-license to go check out homes unsupervised.

Credits

Jan 17, 2017

In this episode, Leigh welcomes Veronica Figueroa, a realtor based in Orlando, Florida to the Crazy $hit stage! Veronica will talk about her crazy encounters with squatters, agents gone rogue, and agents who flat-out can’t control their temper when they sale goes south. She will also share her most important insights and advice for dealing with foreclosures, short-sales, and possible recessions. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:27 – Introducing Veronica Figueroa
  • 01:01 – Veronica is based in Orlando, Florida and she’s been doing real estate since 2001
  • 01:08 – Contact the Figueroa Team at figueroateam.com
  • 01:43 – Every day you experience more crazy shit in real estate
    • 02:10 – All people in real estate can definitely share a story or two
  • 02:43 – People don’t realize that squatters are a real issue
    • 03:22 – Realtors wear many hats
    • 04:31 – Veronica’s squatter stories included being threatened to be killed with a baseball bat if she reclaimed the house
    • 04:50 – Veronica talks about an agent who wanted a property with squatters
  • 05:53 – What you really experience in real estate is something never taught in textbooks
  • 06:55 – Not all realtors disclose the facts to their clients
  • 07:15 – The agents who succeed in real estate are those who aren’t exclusively after money
    • 08:04 – A professional realtor should disclose foreclosures
    • 08:42 – Pros and cons of foreclosures
  • 09:10 – “What makes a home is a roof over your head with your loved ones”
  • 10:07 – Leigh discuss stock trading, and how you aren’t allowed to handle other people’s money if you declare bankruptcy
  • 11:46 – Veronica’s biggest joy is to help families who have gone through a foreclosure own a home again
  • 12:06 – Veronica shares her short-sale experience
  • 13:06 – Leigh discusses her lessons learned from 2008
  • 13:56 – “It’s never fun to see families lose their homes. It’s never fun to see families break up over financial matters”
  • 14:57 – How millennials take on home ownership
  • 15:20 – Live within your means
  • 15:47 – Be prepared for the next recession
  • 16:07 – “You can’t out hustle hard work”
  • 16:57 – For Orlando, Florida real estate needs, call Veronica and her team at 407 625 3749
  • 17:08 – Veronica’s personal phone is 407 301 9574
  • 17:38 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Real estate isn’t how it seems in HD TV.
  2. Always disclose everything to your clients.
  3. Be prepared – you never know when the next recession is.

Credits

Jan 13, 2017

In this episode, Leigh interviews Dawn Roy, an experienced broker based in Virginia. Realtors sometimes compete with one another especially if a buyer is very much ready to purchase a house! At the end of the day, it just comes down to who gives better value to the client. Listen as Dawn shares her crazy experience in an almost-lost client scenario because of a sneaky listing agent.

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:27 – Introducing Dawn Roy to the show
  • 00:42 – Dawn has just began work as a broker from being a sales realtor
  • 01:04 – The best learnings realtors get are the ones in the start of their careers
  • 01:14 – Dawn’s story happened on her first 3 months in real estate
    • 01:19 – She was working as a buying agent and her buyers (a husband and wife) had fallen in love with a home near Dawn’s office
    • 01:38 – Being a new player, Dawn immediately made an appointment to view the house by calling the listing agent, who invited them to an open house
    • 02:24 – Dawn went to the showing early and—to her surprise—her buyers were already there already too!
      • 03:19 – They were in the house with the listing agent and told her they didn’t need a buyer’s agent anymore
    • 03:27 – The listing agent went out to Dawn and told her that her clients are already being contracted
      • 04:16 – The wife loved the house so much, she didn’t want to wait for Dawn and insisted they no longer needed a buyer’s agent
    • 05:01 – Carefully, Dawn explained to the couple there would be multiple offers made on this property and that they would need to have all their ducks in a row if they wanted to have a hope of getting it—that’s when the other shoe dropped!
      • 05:09 – The husband told Dawn about his lender who wasn’t available right now
    • 05:20 – Dawn saw the opportunity and hit it had, guaranteeing that if the couple used her as a buyer’s agent, they would get the house no matter how many offers came in
    • 06:07 – Eventually the husband and wife agreed
    • 06:18 – They all went back to Dawn’s office, prepared an offer, and got the lender letter
      • 06:24 – Out of 5 offers, they got the house – and below list price!
    • 06:44 – Dawn knew the listing agent was just after the dollar
    • 06:56 – When you’re a new agent, you just have to do what you’ve got to do
    • 07:36 – A phone call does NOT guarantee the buyers are yours
    • 07:48 – Explore your clients’ needs and desires and help them understand the process
    • 09:24 – Leigh loves the agent in Dawn’s story who gave her the heads up about her client being contracted
    • 10:02 – There’s just good timing in everything
    • 11:09 – The questions you ask your clients are what gives them the value
    • 11:30 – Reach Dawn through 804 986 9911 or send an email at dawn@dawnroyrealestate.com
    • 12:48 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Always set an appointment prior to any showings – you will have to know your clients well if you’re going to help them buy the house they truly want.
  2. Know your client’s needs and desires and give value to them by helping them understand the real estate process.
  3. Sometimes you just have to go the extra mile to get the deal DONE.

Credits

Jan 10, 2017

In this episode, Leigh interviews Drew Fristoe from Fredericksburg, Virginia. You can see the most unexpected things when you walk into a client’s home. What do you do when what you see is a cause for concern when it comes to listing a property? Listen as Drew shares his hilarious story on the Crazy Shit in Real Estate Podcast and how he stumbled upon a very awkward scenario.  

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:33 – Today Leigh welcomes Drew Fristoe 
  • 00:43 – Drew is from Fredericksburg, Virginia 
  • 00:52 – Drew is with Coldwell Banker Elite 
  • 01:00 – One should visit Fredericksburg if they want to know more about the Civil War 
  • 02:12 – Drew worked with an older realtor 
  • 02:22 – They had a client who was also an older gentleman that wanted to list his house 
  • 02:30 – When Drew had the house viewing, the client was really sick 
  • 02:50 – Drew was told to just go around the house, so that’s what he and his partner did 
  • 03:00 – Drew’s partner asked him to go into the master’s bedroom and there was a mannequin 
  • 03:47 – Drew and his partner talked about the mannequin in the car 
  • 04:15 – Drew was wondering what they were going to do with showings 
  • 04:35 – The mannequin was gone when the house was listed 
  • 05:29 – It was a bit awkward for Drew to explain the mannequin to his older partner 
  • 06:18 – The house did sell  
  • 07:00 – Leigh mentions she can have a show like “Scandal” 
  • 07:50 – Find Drew on social media as Drew Fristoe and call him at 540-847-1212 
  • 08:30 – Consumers can also tweet Leigh Brown with their own crazy story  

3 Key Points:

  1. Be prepared and be professional—you can see the most unexpected things in a house viewing. 
  2. Always be honest with your client about any concerns that come up.  
  3. Real estate can be serious and hilarious, at the same time.
Jan 6, 2017

In this episode, Leigh interviews Jennifer Langston from Kansas City, Missouri. Jennifer shares her disheartening experience with an “incarcerated listing” and the events that unfolded that caused her to lose the listing.  Listen as Jennifer discusses how this entire process changed Jennifer and her business practices to better prepare for “the worst scenario”.   

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Time Stamped Show Notes:  

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode 
  • 00:30 – Introducing Jennifer Langston from Kansas City, Missouri 
  • 00:39 – Leigh knew Jennifer from the internet, then they met in a senior citizen’s center 
  • 01:20 – Jennifer shares about an incarcerated listing 
  • 01:36 – Jennifer found out along the way that the seller was in jail 
  • 01:50 – The listing was a 1900s farmhouse, in Kansas, that needed a lot of work 
  • 02:21 – In Jennifer’s 20 years in the business, the farmhouse was in the worst shape she’s ever seen  
  • 02:26 – Jennifer started with a conventional renovation loan 
  • 03:35 –  The agent wasn’t truly honest about the seller’s incarceration status 
  • 04:20 – Jennifer’s buyers started asking her questions about the seller because they googled the seller 
  • 04:45 – Jennifer confirmed the seller’s incarceration with the seller’s lawyer  
  • 05:35 – In the process, the listing agent had a higher backup offer and did everything to throw Jennifer’s offer out 
  • 06:20 – Jennifer’s offer got kicked out because of issues with the power of attorney 
  • 07:00 – The listing agent did something unethical 
  • 07:31 – Jennifer shares how disappointed she was with the transaction 
  • 09:12 – Leigh shares that the consumers are not aware of what realtors have to go through 
  • 09:45 – Jennifer discusses the impact of how people treat each other 
  • 10:29 – This experience changed Jennifer’s perspective 
  • 12:10 – Reach Jennifer at 816-405-2439 and her website 
  • 13:27 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate  

3 Key Points 

  1. Do your due diligence on the listing agent side RIGHT from the start, so that your set-up well for your contract. 
  2. Treat mistakes as a way to improve yourself and benefit your next customers. 
  3. Work at a higher standard and be mindful of the way we treat each other.
Jan 3, 2017

In this episode, Leigh interviews Brady Sanford from Rockhill, South Carolina. Brady shares how he manages to be both in the appraisal and brokerage world and how choosing his line of work catered to his strengths. Also, Brady shares a key strategy that sellers and listing agents can use to get the most value out of their property when it comes to an appraisal.   

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode 
  • 00:33 – Leigh introduces Brady 
  • 00:52 – Brady is an apprentice appraiser and realtor and is from Rockhill, South Carolina 
  • 01:20 – Leigh mentions that South Carolina is a great place for relocation 
  • 01:31 – It was intimidating and interesting for Brady to work as an appraiser at his age 
  • 02:13 – Brady shares his expectations in the appraisal world 
  • 02:35 – Appraising actually takes longer than what Brady expected 
  • 03:00 – Brady shares the advantages of how licensing is set up 
  • 03:25 – In appraisal, Brady had to work with a supervisor 
  • 03:50 – Brady shares a 3,400 sq. ft. house with 2 bedrooms 
  • 04:18 – The owners built it on their own land with swimming pool 
  • 04:52 – Brady shares the process of appraisal and what his supervisor does 
  • 05:40 – It was difficult for Brady to find someone who will take him as an apprentice 
  • 05:51 – Brady has been in the business for a few months now 
  • 06:25 – Appraisal appeals more to Brady, as he’s good with numbers 
  • 07:05 – Brady got advice to get into a brokerage, because it is more profitable 
  • 07:21 – Brady has more advantages in his field 
  • 07:39 – Brady doesn’t want to be an appraiser forever, but he wants to have patience 
  • 08:12 – Brady shares his experience with a realtor 
  • 08:45 – It was difficult for Brady to appraise a property in a neighborhood that was obviously increasing in value very quickly 
  • 09:15 – Brady shares what the consumers and realtors don’t realize—listing agents can provide supporting documentation to get the value they want out of the property 
  • 09:50 – As an appraiser, Brady wants supporting documentation for houses that are fairly similar to the house in question 
  • 12:00 – Brady can be reached at 803-318-5473 and by email
  • 12:57 – Tweet Leigh Brown with your very own crazy story in real estate  

3 Key Points 

  1. Do something you really love and in an area that you are highly skilled.  
  2. Appraisal and brokerage go hand in hand – it is absolutely an advantage to be in both. 
  3. Supporting documentation that is similar to a house makes an appraiser’s life easier. 
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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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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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.

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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.

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