untraditional earnings

Today was the first day that I’ve made any money in real estate, although it wasn’t the normal way realtors usually do it. For a few months we have been showing houses to a buyer, his girlfriend and their friend. All three currently live together and plan on living in a house together. The buyers are near my age, and possibly some of the most laid back people I’ve ever met. My colleague and I love showing them houses just to hear their witty banter back and forth. Their criteria for a house is comical as well. They want something that has room for a pool table and/or a ping-pong table and a big enough backyard to build a ramp. Even though they drive, they like to ride BMX bikes that you can do a bunch of tricks on. Beyond that criteria they’re open to most anything it seems. We’ve looked at some of the ickiest houses I have ever seen. We’ve smelled the stench of cat pee throughout the house, and been afraid to touch anything. No matter the condition of the house Aaron* the buyer never seems phased. I walked into one bedroom to find wooden cabinets built into the wall. The front of the cabinets had been shot up with a B.B. gun with some bb’s still embedded in their mini craters. I pointed out the mess to Aaron, he took on look and said, “Sweet! We’re definately keeping that tradition”.

Today we had them come back to our office to write up an offer on a house. While we were writing up the offer we found out that they were the betting type. They like to bet on everything. The great thing is, they stay true to their bets. Real money is constantly changing hands. They bet on stupid stuff, instead of sports or whatever. They bet on everyday things. In the office there is a snow globe filled with water that has a golf ball and a tee inside. The tee is stationary, but the golf ball floats around. In the middle of signing contracts they became completely engrossed with the golf snow globe, relentlessly trying to get the ball on top of the tee. It is very difficult to do but my partner Michelle is very skilled at it. She often does it on the first try. After it took one of them 10 minutes to get it balanced on the tee, they bet Michelle that she couldn’t do it on the first try. I bet them she could and in a flash $15 appeared on the table and all eyes were on Michelle. She was nervous and quickly failed at getting the ball to rest on the tee. I was sad as I watched my client take my money.

We finished up with all the contract signing and Aaron decided he would give it a try. I was gone for nearly 10 minutes and when I returned he had still not gotten the ball to rest on top of the tee. Since I was already $5 poorer I thought I would razz him that every time he fails I should get a dollar. Words were exchanged and before I knew it, the globe was in my hand and $11 was back on the table, betting against me that I couldn’t get it in 20 tries. Things were looking pretty bleak until #17 when I nailed it. YES! I love betting (when I win). I still haven’t closed my first transaction but in the meantime I can use my skills to suck the money out of clients.

I had to laugh, during the middle of all the hoopla with the golf ball globe the big boss man walks in and catches us goofing off. I wondered what he thought as two of his ‘employees’ were standing in a circle next to two guys tattooed to the hilt all focusing on a small golf ball globe. Whatever makes the sale right?


  1. Phil said,

    January 24, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    I went to work today. I think I made money…

  2. Pamela said,

    January 24, 2007 @ 9:47 am

    EverlastingTruth hasn’t let me make a comment in days and now, today, magically it will again. But now I have no time as I have to make some money myself. Quickly: Grandma’s house post - great. Weathermen - yes, what a great job where you can be wrong.

  3. Phil said,

    January 24, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

    It appears that ET took an ill-fated turn towards image verification for posts :)

  4. Anthony said,

    January 27, 2007 @ 9:57 am

    Simply classic son..
    ONce you get payed, lets go celebrate…
    Thats what I’m talking about..
    haha :)
    Dude, I just noticed that the preview is no longer there..
    What is up with that?

  5. Anthony said,

    January 27, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    Also, I was wondering why it is required to put in your email address when you comment since it is not showing up…
    What purpose does it serve?

  6. Anthony said,

    January 28, 2007 @ 4:45 am

    Dude, I really hadn’t payed attention to that..
    Please forgive..
    Marshmellow arms has been removed son…
    Its been taken care of.
    You are in your rightful place at the very top now..
    ABC OUT!

  7. Aimzee said,

    January 28, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

    Haha! Love it! …and if you don’t get called into “the office” for “a talk”, it’s all good :D

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