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I’ve been put on notice!

Photo courtesy of intuitives Over the past two weeks I have spent some serious hours on the phone with the negotiator at Countrywide. I really don't enjoy this, but I do joke with her when we are on the phone. You know, whatever it takes to make the time go by faster, even though nothing seems to be getting done!

Well, Friday my wife put me on notice when I was talking to the home seller, and after 5 hours on the phone to the bank, I accidently called the home seller by the negotiators name. I caught it immediately and the home owner got a laugh out of it. But, my wife says if I call her by the negotiators name again, I will be cut off from the phone, internet and anything real estate related for 24 hours!

OUCH! Let's hope I don't make that mistake, I love Activerain way to much to go 24 hours without at least checking out some great post!


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Comment balloon 17 commentsRespect Realty LLC • October 27 2008 10:59AM


Okay Todd -- that is truly funny!  I think a time out is in order -- or you will be in big trouble with the wife and that can't be good!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

Hey Todd, Mrs. Clark just called and she said "Tell him to stop BLOGGING about her too!"


Posted by Rebecca Schrader (Competitive Insurance of Dundee) over 10 years ago

That's funny.  It would appear that you are pre-occupied with your work.  Or is it pre-occupied with making a living??

Shucks, as long as you can keep your sense of humor, you'll be O.K.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Ohh I have got to know some of the bank people better than some of my cousins through this process, we all want to get the job done, even them. But someone keeps holding all of us back. Hmmmm

Posted by James Engel, KW Beverly Hills (Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills) over 10 years ago

Oh my gosh - that is too funny!  I currently have a commercial client that my husband refers to as my second husband and the clients wife refers to me as the second wife.  We are in contact ALL the time.  At least all involved understand and we all get a joke out of it.

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 10 years ago

Hi Todd

After that many hours on the telephone it would be challenging not only to remember who you're talking with but what you said. You should receive an award for endurance. Or better yet a commission check.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 10 years ago

Todd - perhaps the Mrs. has a good point. Sometimes things get done when we sit back and just let them happen - besides I bet you and your wife could use a day alone without outside influence. You'll be a happier guy for it.

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) over 10 years ago

I have done that same thing.    Short sales are just time consuming, and HOPEFULLY you get the job done.   Here in Denver - they SAY only 15% of the short sales actually get closed.     Alot of time spent for not enough credit!    Good luck!

Joan Cox, CRS, GRI,ABR,e-Pro

Metro Brokers - Turning Point RE, Inc.

Centennial, CO   80111

c: 720-231-6373



Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 10 years ago


Isn't it amazing how fried we can get after 5 or 6 hours on a phone?


Tom Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago


A senior moment! Happens to me all the time! I even occasionally call my kids by the dog's name!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Todd- Someone on here gave a name of a great resource for Countrywide....can't remember her AR name, but will go find it.  She had a similar experience of waiting with Countrywide and finally got to someone that had the approval in less that 2 days.....:) Send me a mail to remind me if you want the name.

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 10 years ago

Joan - I'm glad you got a laugh out of my pain!

Rebecca - Then she better be prepared to yell at me, because I have a much bigger post coming about her in the near future.


Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 10 years ago


Ooooooh! Can't wait to read it! Hope you have a fantastic week...Thanks for the haha's! Sometimes we have to laugh at the kinds of things we have to deal with...and like you said, "it makes the time go by faster!" lol

Posted by Rebecca Schrader (Competitive Insurance of Dundee) over 10 years ago

Pink Flamingo


Todd - Please don't get me started on Countrywide... They Suck!  I know, not really professional... but true.


Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 10 years ago

Hi Todd... I can so TOTALLY relate to your story.  Sounds like an average day to me!  :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Lenn - I think the making a living part, which seems to be harder and harder the last couple months. (She does have a sense of humor)

James - EXACTLY! You know exactly how I feel!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Leesa - Been there done that! My wife says when I get back from hanging around with my girlfriends would I mind picking up some milk.

Lou - I record the conversation, just like they do!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

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