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Dear Calgary Real Estate Agent,

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 3:02pm.

Dear Calgary Real Estate Agent,

I just wanted to let you know that I super-duper appreciated the 2 days that it took you to return my request to show your listing. Really, because in that time, I was able to reorganize my kitchen drawers, re-landscape my yard, and have long conversations with my favourite aunt, all-the-while feverishly calling your mobile phone (which goes straight to voice mail) and leaving messages like: "Hi Calgary Realtor, this is Rachel Vanderveen calling again. I'm just looking to get into your Home for Sale in Auburn Bay. I know I have already left five messages today about showing your listing in Auburn Bay, and I really don't want you to get the wrong impression about me. For example, I really don't want you to think that I'm the kind of person who makes a list of all the agents who wrong me which I have written in my own blood. Because that's just not me. I just really, really want to show your listing because it happens to fit my client's description of what they're looking for in a house, like, to a T. So, I know it's summer, and maybe you're out on the patio enjoying a little pre-stampede drinky, but I just need the permission to open the door and show, otherwise you're going on the list. Oooops. I mean there is no list. Call me back! Bye."

And when you finally did call me back, I love that you paged me with a phone number to call you back, rather than just paging me a permission to show your listing. But I think the very nicest thing you did for me all week was when I got to your listing, you had cleverly placed the lockbox on the side of property and hung it off a gas pipe. First of all, can I just comment that hanging a lock box off a gas pipe is just brilliant. See when I list a property, I usually like to hang it on the front door or the front railing where other agents can easily access it, but I think I like your idea a lot better. Sending agents around the side of the house, to tromp through mud and fight off large bees and spiders puts the agent (such as yourself) in a power position. It says, "Hey, I have the power to cake you with mud and attack you with insects." Which I think really says something. So hats off to you for that.

Upon entering your client's home for sale in Calgary, I found the homeowners still there, enjoying some very pungent smelling food and watching one of their favourite programs on their television. This would annoy some agents, but not me! Having the homeowners there really made my clients ridiculously uncomfortable, and it gave me an opportunity to soothe them and assure them that this particular little piece of Calgary Real Estate would not, indeed, swallow them whole or render them infertile. Oh, shoot, actually that's what I told them would happen to them if they bought your listing. My bad.

So, when you called me this morning for feedback, and I said they're not interested at this time, what I really wanted to say was: you're on my list. I mean, there is no list.

Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

2 Responses to "Dear Calgary Real Estate Agent,"

Tammy Jessett wrote: Bahahaha..... I would LOVE to one day see that "list"

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 1:22am.

Rachel R. Vanderveen wrote: There is no list ... :)

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 9:06am.

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