Dawn Patrol – Runnoft

Ah, the classics.  The Odyssey by Homer.  The tale of Odysseus and his ten-year adventure to get home after the fall of Troy.  A true hero’s tale.

The story was made into a movie in 2000.  You may remember O Brother, Where Art Thou?

One of the lines that stuck in my head over the years had to do with a wife that left one of the characters in the movie.  He did not want his children to know she had left him so he spelled out.
She done r-u-n-n-o-f-t.  (run off).  I use is around the house all the time.  It’s silly and makes me laugh.

I was out with a client this weekend looking for his new home.  I set up the showings and the day was progressing as planned.  Until…

In speaking with the listing agent about the showing she told me the key to the house was in a combination lock box and she gave me the code.  I prefer to use an electronic lock box (ELB) on my listings because only licensed agents have the app and the license to open an ELB.  That’s just me.

As my client and I approach the front door of the house, I don’t see a lock box on the front door.

“No problem,” I tell the client. “Sometimes agents will hide them along the side of the house or some other out of plain sight location.”  I start walking around the house to locate the box.

No luck.

Just as a matter of habit before I give up on showing the house, I try the front door.

It’s unlocked!

The house was built in the late sixties and has been completely refurbished.  New tile floors, new fixtures, granite counter tops with an island in the middle of the kitchen.  The works.

As we enter the kitchen the client asks,”Are the appliances going to come with the house? There is not a single one in here.”

As I come around the corner I see there is nothing.  No refrigerator, no stove, no microwave, no dishwasher. Nothing, nada.   See the pictures below.

As I look at the floor tile in the kitchen I see scratch marks. You know the kind that looks like something heavy has been dragged across the floor.

It hits me. “I bet someone got hold of the combination and emptied the place out.”

I call the listing agent and it goes right to voicemail.  I take a few photos and text them to the agent with a short note.

My phone immediately rings.  An excited voice is on the other end. “Rex?  Are you in my listing right now? she asks.

“Yes,” I reply.  “Did you get my text with the photos?”

“Yes,” she says.  “I don’t understand.  Where are the appliances?”

I can tell she has not put two and two together yet.  “Well, if you had appliances in here previously, they are not here now?”

Still not making the connection she replies “They were there yesterday.  Do you think someone stole them?”

“It looks that way.”  In my mind, I could hear the phrase. Yep, they done r-u-n-n-o-f-t.

I can hear the panic start to be exchanged for disbelief in her voice.

“The Seller’s are going to be furious!”  “So when you got there, the appliances were gone?”

“I’m sorry to say that is the case. I’ll do my best to secure the house but, they took the lockbox too.” I inform her.

“What could I have done to prevent this from happening?” She asks me.

“I make it my practice to use an ELB.  That way I know only an agent has access and the software built into the box tells me the agent’s name and the time they entered the property.” I explain.

To my disbelief, she replies “But those boxes cost $300!”

I simply agreed.  I didn’t have the heart to point out that her client and perhaps her agency a couple thousand dollars in new kitchen appliances.

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