This week I received a call while driving, and since I’m a California driver who actually obeys the law, I let the call go to voice mail. When I reached my destination I listened to a short list of messages dealing with the daily duties of being a real estate broker owner in the greater Los Angeles area, but this one stood out. The caller identified himself as someone who met me at an open house nine years ago. Wow, since I didn’t recognize the name, but I did recall the property, I couldn’t help but wonder what I did to make such a lasting impression.
I was covering for the listing agent while he was out-of-town for the weekend. Per the caller, I suggested he investigate the discrepancy between city records and seller’s representation of sq. footage if he was seriously interested in purchasing the property. That’s something I would do, although I have no recollection of specifically advising him to do so. He purchased the property, but confessed he did not follow my suggestion, and apparently his agent did not check it either. For the past nine years he has improved the property with a lovely new addition and resolved the square footage issue, but not without spending time and money, plus enduring an ongoing headache as he moved through the process. No wonder he remembers me.
Why the call after all these years? His life has changed and he is now preparing the property for sale. He invited me to tour the property, see his improvements and advise him of any other changes he needs to make before listing it. In the real estate business playing the long game, which includes fair dealing and honesty with every potential buyer or seller whether we represent them or not, has it rewards.