Warning, professionals at work!

A regular reader and fellow realtor passes this along:

A house seller told me this story and gave me permission to pass it on to you should you be interested….
They had a broker open house recently and an agent came up to the listing broker in the kitchen and said “These must not be very nice people, there son killed a rhinoceros!”
She had seen a picture in the master bedroom of the sellers’ son, a photographer/conservationist, kneeling next to an AT REST rhino at a sanctuary in Kenya. The rhino may have looked wounded because it had been scratching itself or was scratched by another rhino, but don’t you love the chutzpah! 
Obviously she was one of those newly empowered TWITS out there who like to express their FEELINGS!  Maybe Manhattan real estate queen Barbara Corcoran was right when she advised sellers to remove all the family photos!

P.S. This particular seller (of a spectacular house) plans to splash the photo with fake blood and leave it in place.


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9 responses to “Warning, professionals at work!

  1. anonymous

    Truly dispassionate buyers view any used house as a teardown and land buy anyway

    But most buyers (and sellers and realtors) make used houses (esp those in which buyer actually plans to reside) into a far more emotional transaction, laced w/personality or hygiene “issues”…just more business for the local shrinks, decorators and drug dealers

  2. cynthia vanneck

    Did you see the picture, Chris? I am one of the TWITS who saw it. I will even go so far as to assume I was THE twit you refer to. There was no way to discern whether the rhino was killed or “wounded by another rhino” as you suggest. Most would have guessed killed because of the pose. But you would probably have known better.

    • christopherfountain

      I’m sorry I didn’t see the picture, Miss Vanneck, or the house in question. I’m surprised that you have trouble distinguishing between sleeping and dead creatures but if the sight of either one is enough to set off your frail nerves, perhaps you should seek another line of work. Staging sounds perfect.

  3. cgvanneck

    Who has rattled nerves now, Chris? You’re double posting on your own blog. Ask to see the picture and the house so you’ll know what you’re talking about. Good night Mr. Fountain, must get my beauty sleep, I’m so frail…

  4. Walt

    Oh boy. I googled her. She could be a filly for Pete’s Sake. THE HORROR!!! THE HORROR!!!
    Your Pal,

  5. Peg

    Oooh, Christopher; you might wish to bar this comment. NO problem if you, in your infinite wisdom, do decide to do so. But – check this out:

    Cynthia G. Vanneck joined Sotheby’s International Realty in 1998. She has lived in Greenwich for more than 20 years and worked locally for a global satellite communications company as the Director of Corporate Marketing.
    Real estate in Greenwich is unique in so many ways. Cynthia can help clients navigate the intricacies with her extensive knowledge. Having bought, sold, rented, and invested in Greenwich real estate, she is able to provide her clients with a wealth of experience. Her dedication to her job means hands-on, 24-hour-per-day service. With constant surveillance of the market, she is able to identify opportunities that may be time critical.
    She can help her clients find their dream home or locate an investment for their portfolio. Likewise, for sellers, she will market their property with practiced dedication and enthusiasm. By providing constant feedback from the marketplace, their investments will garner top dollar.

    “Hands on, twenty-four hour per day service”? In exactly what business is Ms. Vanneck employed?

  6. Paco

    I’m trying to fathom the thought process of a “professional” (in any field) who would think, “These must not be very nice people, their son killed a rhinoceros!”

    1) Do the (supposed) sins of every adult child automatically imply the parents were “not nice” in some manner? I think we all know of upstanding, caring, honest and generally “nice” people whose children didn’t do them proud as adults. Does that make their house less valuable?

    2) And what difference does it make – especially to a “professional” – whether one (or all) of the parties in a business transaction is “nice” or not? I would be concerned if there was reason to believe one of the parties was dishonest, unreliable, negligent, etc. But “not nice”?

    The professionals in any transaction are supposed to help the clients get beyond non-relevant emotional issues not introduce such issues themselves.

    Having said all that I probably won’t leave my S&M gear on display in the “game room” when I sell my current house. TMI.

  7. What would CV say?

    New listing up for grabs . . . Conyer’s Farm, great room filled with a lifetime of blasting Africa’s most majestic, couple of zebras and tigers lounging on the floor, polar bear relaxing in front of the fire, elephant feet next to all the club chairs for the stogies, a few hundred antlers on the chandeliers . . .

    And CV likely says . . . ?
    a) Fantastic, this room alone’s good for another $2 mil, sweetie
    b) Don’t you think the gazelle would look better over the fireplace
    c) Let’s get Ken Edwards in and stage this properly
    d) You pig!! Take your listing and shove it
    e) Recommend CF as a better fit with the owner