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When One Door Closes, Another Opens

A man called me months ago to represent him when he buys a house.  He called recently to apologize for not getting back to me, explaining that he’s been frustrated with the buyer’s broker he’s hired.  It seems that once he signed up for her service, she’s been telling him to “get real” and lower his expectations, and makes him feel very bad about voicing any opinion.

 

That reminded me of the first agent my husband and I engaged to show us homes.  We gave the agent only a few must-haves for the homes she should show in our price range.  We required at least three closets (our apartment had only one), a decent-sized backyard for the dog we planned to adopt, and two bathrooms.

 

She showed us houses with no backyards and homes with just one bath, and we were just about to bolt to someone else when she called to say she had the perfect house for us. We ran over to her office, excited, and walked into a very nice looking little house. Her tour quickly revealed that there was just one bathroom! Frustrated, I expressed some dismay (okay, I was borderline contemptuous at this waste of time).

 

The agent huffed and pointed out to me that while there might be just one sink, toilet, and tub, there was one entrance to the bathroom from the master bedroom and another from the hallway. Huh? “There are two doors to this bathroom,” she semi-shrieked. “You people need to be more flexible in how you view things!”


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