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Closing on a House, Fire Alarms, 9 Months Pregnant, Oh My...

Today is not unlike most days at the end of the month. I've had to coordinate four closings, which one isn't happening because the lender decided to ask for more stuff at the 11th hour... but that leaves me with three.  The first one at 11:30am went off without a hitch, eazy peazy.

My next closing was right afterwards at the same title company so I just sat tight and waited for my buyers.  Mrs. Buyer is due any day, so I met them at the door to the building and walked with them to the closing room.

They have two liens, so two stacks of paper. We're on our way through the first stack, about halfway, and all of a sudden the fire alarm goes off. We're talking noises, strobe lights, and then some automated recording telling people to vacate the building.  Really? Are you serious? 

The office is a bunch of glass windows for lots of natural light. We didn't see any other people vacating so we signed a few more papers... and then masses of people start coming into the lobby.  I guess we better go too. 

We gathered all our stuff in case we weren't allowed back in the building, made copies of their driver's licenses so that wouldn't be an issue for funding, and we all piled in the car to continue signing docs. It was 105 degrees outside, so we weren't going to be without air conditioning!

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If something else could go wrong, it would be the water breaking and this baby being born with all this added excitement, but at least there was a firetruck right on sight and they're trained for emergencies like this if it's needed...

Talk about customer service. Not only will the title company come to you for a closing, but they'll sign you right in your car with the AC on and everything.

I got out to take a picture and told them they would see themselves on my blog. The title company wants to put the picture in their lobby as well.

I reminded them that if something didn't go wrong, they wouldn't have a story to tell. Now they have a great story about how they bought their very first house!! They'll never forget it!!


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Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin TX Real Estate

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Comment balloon 33 commentsDonna Harris • August 30 2011 06:54PM


This is certainly an experience worth remembering. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by David Burrows, No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate (Classic Realty) almost 9 years ago

Great story Donna, thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

Posted by Bill Blankenship (Lisa Von Domek & Associates, LLC / Real Living Real Estate Group) almost 9 years ago

There's no substitute for superior customer service!

I like that about having a story to tell! 

Posted by Ron Tarvin, Broker, Katy, Houston, Cypress 77450,77494,77095 (Residential, Investment properties, rehab projects, property management, luxury homes, new construction!) almost 9 years ago


Quite a day. Good to be busy. Have a super week.

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) almost 9 years ago

Nice...glad the AC in the car was cranking and that you weren't saying hehehaha...breathe...hehehaha...don't push.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 9 years ago

Great story Donna. It's great having a title company that will go the extra mile for you too.  Congratulations on the closings.

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties ( Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816) almost 9 years ago

It's one you won't forget either! I hope you're keeping a scrap-book, or at least a file with your AR blogs tucked in.

But... you didn't tell us. Was there really a fire?

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 9 years ago

Coll story, but crazy day!

Posted by Nikesh Parekh, Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor (Suplari, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

At leas the AC was working.  That one really could have been miserable.

Posted by Rodney Mason, VP of Mortgage Lending - AL, FL, GA, SC, & TN (Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611) almost 9 years ago

Wow, Donna!  This tops anything that happened during my exciting day!  When I saw the 9 months pregnant thing, I thought, is this Donna's third, already?

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

David, It was!

Lisa, Thank you too!

Ron, All my transactions have some story to tell. It's not drama-free working with me!

A&M, Very good to be busy, not complaining!!

Cindy, I did remind her that I was two weeks early with my first and she freaked a little. I just smiled and told her to stay calm!

Jim, Yes, it's good when they can front some of the work!

Marte, No, there wasn't a fire! And no scrap book, but tons of memories in my brain!

Niki, Very crazy, but two PAYDAY checks appeared at my door this evening!

Rodney, If the AC wasn't working, we had two other cars to choose from!!

Pat, LOL!!!  NOOOOO!!!  But the closer was like, "Weren't you in my office with buyers when you were that pregnant?  And having contractions?"  YEP!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 9 years ago

I love it!  Perfect illustration of how real estate is NEVER boring.  And that we do whatever we need to do to GIT 'ER DONE! :-P

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) almost 9 years ago

Hi Donna,

That was hilarious!

Talk about never missing a beat.

I alos like your upbeat attitude throughout the whole thing!


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) almost 9 years ago

Janna, It definitely wasn't boring!!

Phil, We were all laughing so much, you can see it in my buyers' faces.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 9 years ago

Whatever it takes to get the job done!  I have had a couple crazy closings this year, just not all piled into one like you!

Posted by Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group) almost 9 years ago

Never a dull moment. Love blog-worthy days like that!

Posted by Ann O'Connell (Real estate agent at Oak Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Wow, that is a cool story and one none of you will forget.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 9 years ago

First of all, good for you for all of the closings and thankfully some actually closed.  Don't you just love those requests from underwriting in the 11th hour?  Ugh!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 9 years ago


What an exciting closing.  My closings are so boring.  Congratulations for the three closings and hope any others you have are not so hectic.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) almost 9 years ago

now that's a new one... full-service real estate.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) almost 9 years ago

Donna,  That's customer service.   Now one question for you, between the signing of the first and second loan docs in the car did ya'll keep signing and go to Starbucks drive thru for a HOUSE coffee.   I know it's a corny joke.

Posted by Stephanie Stringer, Mortgage Loan Originator (First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764) almost 9 years ago
That certainly is a memorable closing!
Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) almost 9 years ago

An exciting day! Really glad nothing else went wrong.  Congratulations on your closings.

Posted by Ruby Lee Sweeting, Your Bahamas Agent for Relocations & Second Homes (Darville Wong Associates Realty Bahamas) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing, it is good to be flexible. Congrats on all the closings.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) almost 9 years ago
Firetruck standing nearby- that is great
Posted by Scott Hayes, Realty Austin, Broker Associate ((512) 786-8300) almost 9 years ago

Bill, Come to my world as my deals always have drama!

Ann, Never dull!

Debbie, It's definitely going in my Magazine I send out!

Paula, The other deal finally closed at 5:30 tonight... miserable!

Evelyn, I'll trade a couple!

Alan, Nothing but the best!

Stephanie, Cute. No, we didn't. Too many people leaving so it would have been hard to get back with the firetrucks there.

Karen, I deliver the best!

Ruby, Thanks!

Kathy, One day, I'm going to be able to put my nose to my toes.

Scott, And, the firetruck took forever to show up, probably 15 minutes.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 9 years ago

That's a really an amazing closing - Your couple looked soooo happy - fire alarms not withstanding.  And you made it through without an emergency trip to the L&D.

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) almost 9 years ago

Donna - Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor 105 degree weather will keep these people from getting their house.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 9 years ago

Everybody had a memorable story to tell, it's always a lot of drama when you are in the middle of it, but afterwards it's much better to look back on how everything came togeher and ended well. 

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Your clients there just seem like reallly cool laid back people.

105 Degrees! Try 112 today in Mesa, AZ!

Posted by Marc & Carey Maricopa, Home Bargain Planet (Solutions Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Now that is full service, it is nice to hear how helpful and accomodatimg companies can still be, usually we only hear about the bad ones. You know we would gladly trade some of our rain for your warmth...

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 9 years ago

Ruthmarie, Yes, they were/are definitely happy!

Christine, Exactly!

Morgan, True point.

M&C, But you have DRY heat... the humidity is horrible here, especially today!

Scott, PLEASE take the heat!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 9 years ago

Let's just say that you will be the realtor that comes to their mind everytime someone needs a real estate agent in the future!! Fun day and a great story!

Posted by The Elise Bickel Team, Leasing, Property Management and Sales (ReMax Select Realty) almost 9 years ago