An Odd set of circumstance
In Fremont County Colorado there are just over 46,000 people living here. The beautiful Upper Arkansas Valley brings lots of tourists to the area to raft, hike, bike and sight see. If you live in the area you know you see lots of people you know and lots of tourists. Canon City is one of those towns that you will see people you know everyday. We run into neighbors and others on a regular basis in the grocery, on the street, standing in line at the movies.
Recently, I’ve been assigned a bank owned property to list and hopefully sell quickly. The homeowner had great pride in this property. Clearly, this person took pride in this house. First I had to do a few occupancy checks, see if they were still in the house. Eventually, I got access to the house. The last owner left out keys carefully labeled for each door. Somebody vacuumed the carpets, the kitchen was washed down, the window coverings were pulled down.
What’s this got to do with an “odd set of circumstance”
Yesterday I summoned the courage to go door knocking. This is when agents go out and meet the neighbors and pass out their business cards. sometimes we’re asking for business, sometimes we’re just letting the neighbors know what’s going on with a house in their area. I was letting the neighbors know what was happening to a house that I have under contract.
At each house I pulled out my business card prior to ringing the bell. My business card felt like a “pass” and would assure the person opening the door I wasn’t there to eat their children like the big bad wolf. Tentatively I approached several houses. not knowing who might answer the door. Several occupants called from behind the door first, a few houses had happy tails greeting me and in one case a tentative occupant.
The woman who opened the door listened to my introduction, she looked at my name tag and she took my business card. Then she introduced herself … she was the last homeowner of the bank owned property that was so lovingly taken care of, vacuumed and keys left out.
What could have been an awkward moment passed quickly. But I wonder if this happens in bigger counties? This is “Fremont County Colorado”
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