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Stupid Pet Tricks & Real Estate Showings

Stupid Pet Tricks and Real Estate ShowingsIt seemed as if it would be an easy showing.  The instructions said to call the owner first so they could crate the dog.   We had a pleasant conversation, gave them a timeframe and they said they would vacate the house so we could have it to ourselves.  You have to love sellers who understand the process. 

We arrive at our appointed time and just to make sure the owners are gone I knock on the door.  From deep inside the house I hear the dog bark followed by a "shut up".  Figuring that the owners hadn't left yet I wait a bit and then knock again.  The dog barks and the same voice responsds "shut up."  Okay this is annoying why aren't they answering the door?

So cautiously I open the door and say "hello".  A voice from the back of the house says "hello" but no one appears.  Alright I guess they aren't leaving and we are going to head on in.  As we pass through the foyer keeping an eye out for the owners the dog barks again and when we hear the little voice say "shut up" we realize that it sounds more like a child than an adult.  Now I'm worried that the parents have gone and left a child behind.

Stupid Pet Tricks and Real Estate ShowingsAs we round the corner to the dining room we find our little voice.  It is a PARROT!  Sure enough the dog barks again and looking us right in the eye the parrot says "shut up."  Go figure.  I guess it is a good thing the owners don't swear like sailors! 

Just proves you never know what you will find when you head out to show a house. 

Now about that naked guy in the shower of a vacant house?????

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Comment balloon 21 commentsCindy Jones • May 18 2008 12:13PM

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Cindy, that's absolutely hilarious!  We had a couple of parakeets as kids and despite our best efforts we could never get them to say a word.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 10 years ago

That was hilarious. Don't parrots live to be like 80? I don't if i'd want a pet that looks around my house thinking"someday this will all be mine"

Naked guy in a shower of a vacant home. That would definitely be a new one. Maybe an agent's wife threw him out. And he needed a place to crash. hehe.

Posted by Andrew Baumbach, Greater Milwaukee Real Estate (Homestead Realty Inc.) over 10 years ago

Awesome!!  That is a first.  You should have trained the bird to say something else while you were there.

Posted by Adam Brett, The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest (The Adam and Eric Group) over 10 years ago

Now that's a great story. I hope the house was as cute as the pets!

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) over 10 years ago

That gave me a good laugh this afternoon. I would have been surprised if it were a house I was showing- maybe they should include "talking parrot" under comments. The things we see.. the stories we share...

Posted by Rob Muller, Cherokee County Real Estate (ReMax Town & Country) over 10 years ago

Surprise!  That was a great story.  Good thing all he said was shut up.

Posted by Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional (RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA) over 10 years ago

Reminds me of the showing where their trained attack dog waited behind a closed door and then bit my buyers' wife twice !!!  Not good !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 10 years ago

Now that's a funny story. I bet it made for an interesting conversation later.

Posted by Craig W. Barrett, Hughesville MD Real Estate (RE/MAX 100) over 10 years ago

I had the showing with the parrot who learned from the sailor.  Foulest language I think I had ever heard.  My clients thought it was funny enough to put a stipulation in the contract that the bird be part of the sale.  Contract accepted and closed, with the bird.  Besides all the other language, bird can now say "Thank you, Honey".

Just a question as to guy in shower, did you get rid of the buyers and go back in?

Posted by L. Wayne Denton, I have a handle on your market!!! (Denton Properties, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Oh, what a riot! LOL. You're right thank goodness the owners are careful in their choice of words!

Posted by Lynn Pineda, Coral Springs REALTOR- Promises Delivered (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Brian-I think of parakeets are just song birds and not talkers but I suppose if they were motivated by some extra seed they might speak up!

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

Andrew-If Lenona Hemsley can leave all of her money to a dog then anything is possible.

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

Adam-nice idea.  Wonder how long it takes to train a parrott to mimick your words?

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

Joetta-the house was okay but not the one my clients ended up selecting.  The bird was definetly a plus!

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

Karen-I had a friend with a myna bird who has some other words that weren't quite as tame as what this guy had to say :-)

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

Bill-that should have been a lawsuit.  Anyone with a dangerous pet shouldn't be letting anyone in the house without them being around.  Hope it wasn't to serious of a bite.

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

Craig-my clients still remember it and asked me when they sell their house whether we could have one that says "buy this house."

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

Wayne-that is a riot.  Just goes to show you never know what can convey with a house!

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

Lynn-it may have had other things to say when we weren't there but at least for our visit he was just worried about the dog.

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

Cindy. this is an awesome story!!!  How funny is that?  And I like the scarlett macaw you have in the blog.  Macaws will live 60-80 years so it probably was establishing dominance.  LOL!!

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) over 10 years ago

Cindy, this is so funny.   There should be a book of stories or tales of Real Estate.  It would be a best seller.

Posted by Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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