Open House Tours are a staple of the real estate industry for very good reasons.
· They get “eyes” on a house from people who might otherwise have passed over setting a showing for whatever reasons
· They draw curious neighbors, who really MAY know someone who wants to live in the neighborhood
· Every opportunity to attract attention from potential buyers is an opportunity to sell the home!
I was anticipating no great surprises at the Open House scheduled for this particular Sunday.
It all started out innocently enough when I arrived to meet our homeowner. This “Open” was one I had volunteered to do to help out another agent in my office, so I arrived early to leave plenty of time to familiarize myself with the wonderful features this home offered.
After our warm initial greeting the homeowner, a very nice elderly woman, took me on a very detailed tour of every nook and cranny of her house.
As we walked around the lower level, I suddenly heard the distressed cry of a child. There must be a grandchild visiting, was my first thought, as the child was crying “Mom” very loudly.
I assumed the wanted parent would respond, as my hostess ignored the cries and calmly continued to point out features, never missing a beat. I became alarmed though, when the distressed cries of “Mom” only grew, now bellowing out about every three minutes or so!
I didn’t know what to make of the demeanor of the homeowner who appeared oblivious to the incessant cries of this child! Finally, after the child cried out quite a few more times and received no response, I could stand it no longer.
“Did you need to check on your grandchild?” I politely inquired. Imagine my surprise when this perfectly nice lady burst into laughter at my question!
“I suppose I should show you the upstairs” was all she said, as she continued to smile and I began to wonder what I may have gotten myself into?
What a pleasant surprise to arrive at the bedroom at the top of the stairs, greeted by the excited calls of “Mom, mom!” from one of the most beautiful parrots I have ever seen! I, too, burst into laughter, and then I noticed the sign attached to the cage. It read: THE ORIGINAL ANGRY BIRD
What a pleasant afternoon it turned out to be as I busily greeted our many guests, all of whom were happily entertained by the constant call for attention from this most delightful creature! In spite of several offers, our homeowner decided her Angry Bird was definitely moving with her to their new home.
The basis for this post was provided by Reneta Bird; a RE/MAX Alliance Associate with our Fort Collins office. Thanks Reneta, for this lighthearted moment to share!