Annapolis Md Homes and More: AHHH- The Awkward Moments Of Being A New Agent

AHHH- The Awkward Moments Of Being A New Agent

There is a contest going on within my blogging platform of Active Rain about those crazy awkward moments in real estate. There have been a few like people in showers , people sleeping, escaped cats etc but the one that really brings a smile to my face one when I was a new agent.

SUVWhen I started  mr real estate career in 1992 print advertising was still going strong. I had put an ad in a local real estate publication offering rental assistance and as promised the phone went crazy with calls. Sifting through them was a challenge as a new agent but I did receive some good people that I could help.

One such person was a 20 something girl who needed a rental for herself and her fiance. I found one that looked like it would be just right (it was) and so we made plans to meet at the complex. Unfortunately I got caught up in traffic and was running a tad late so when I arrived I jumped out of my vehicle and headed to the building.

Everything went great and as we headed back to our vehicles I realized I did not have my keys. Frantic we looked everywhere and then her fiance peeked in my car and there they were on the seat. Oh my now what?? Cell phones were not even invented yet. I had one of those big car phones but it was in the car!!

I was driving a Chevy Blazer that had sliding back windows. My client said if we can get one open I will climb in and get your keys. She was the smallest of the group and was sure she could fit. Well her fiance did and she did and my keys were retrieved. How awkward I felt for such a predicament and solution. Yikes.

I guess I must have done ok though as this awkward moment turned into a rental for this client and a waterfront home sale for her Mother. My first waterfront sale in my career.

We still laugh about this awkward moment all these years later and thankfully it has been my only time to lock my keys in the car.

AHHH- The Awkward Moments Of Being A New Agent


About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions. 


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Comment balloon 13 commentsMartha Brown • June 19 2014 04:48AM


That's hilarious Martha!  I think we've all been in these situations from time to time.  It's fun to look back and laugh about it!  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 5 years ago

Haha...aww. I'm glad you had clients that were so willing to help. It's funny, but situations like that kind of help grow that relationship with clients. 

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) almost 5 years ago

That is a great story and clearly didn't hurt your rep with your clients.  I agree, these shared awkward moments can help cement the relationship, make us look human. 

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) almost 5 years ago

Great job Martha,  it is funny how things workout sometimes.  Good job to get to know them longer and turn it into more business.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) almost 5 years ago

Some awkward moments really strengthen the bond we have with our clients Martha. I am glad that this was one of those for you!

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) almost 5 years ago

Those types of moments are not just for the poor new agents Martha; I've seen many an agent embarrassed by key debacles. Great to look back at and smile.

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) almost 5 years ago

Amanda & Jared- Oh I am sure I am not the only one. LOL And now I see where these special moments are priceless.

Suzanne- I guess you could say it was my first foray into relationship building as a Realtor. LOL

Susan- my thought back then was that it was making me look inept but you are right. It brought the human side of me to life.

Thanks Will. It certainly did and I am very thankful for that.

Andrea- I so agree. Surviving that mishap actually helped me to relax more as an agent. Go figure. LOL

Paul- So I have heard. Thankfully I got mine over early.


Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) almost 5 years ago

You survived that and probably a whole heck of a lot more Martha!  Cute story :)

Posted by Christine Pappas - REALTOR®, eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters (eXp Realty) almost 5 years ago

Great story - so glad you shared.

So many great entries in this really fun contest

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Martha, That's such an awful feeling. I've locked my keys in my car a couple of times and it is such a hassle. I'm sure your client felt like a hero retrieving your keys! 

Posted by Whitney Watson (First Heritage Mortgage) almost 5 years ago

Martha, I had no idea what I was going to write about and then I magically remembered as I read this post. Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 5 years ago

Martha-I have a great fear of this that I actually carry three sets of keys.

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) almost 5 years ago

Martha; I think we all have left their keys in a locked car. Fortunately, my current car will not lock if the keys are anywhere inside the car...WHEW!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) almost 5 years ago