by Bruce Wagg
on Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 6:30pm.
Ok, sometimes showing homes to clients can be unexpectedly fun. Today, I had a great set of clients visiting from out of town, touring some nicer homes in Oakland. At the third house on our tour, I used my lock box to open the front door (after calling ahead to conform) and the alarm begins counting down. I look at my MLS sheet and realize there is no alarm code to turn it off.
Then, as I'm standing there wondering how loud the alarm will be when it goes off, the dog runs out the door and takes off up the street. Panicked, my clients and I chase the dog up the street into a neighbor's yard when the dog decides to hide in the bushes. After 5 mins. of coaxing him out of the bushes with some steak supplied by the neighbor, the dog then runs back across the street, narrowly being missed by a car, and then runs into another neighbor's backyard where he promptly hides again. After 10 mins. we give up and decide to leave a note for the owner, I feel horrible. Just are we are leaving, the owner shows up to turn off the alarm (the company called him) and the dog comes running out of the bushes when he hears his owner's name. Crisis averted.
I'm just glad my clients and the owner were so good-natured about the whole incident.