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Snakes and Gunshots and Naked Tenants, Oh My!

Posted by Sherry Rioux on June 16, 2008

I think you’ll enjoy this guest post by my partner in crime, Chris McCormick.  She’s quite the writer and yes, the stories are true.

Yes, that’s right folks!  Real estate has it all.  We’ve got violence, we’ve got exotic reptiles and we’ve got nudity, amongst other things.  When you’ve been in the real estate game for as long as Marg and I have, you become accustomed to this mantra, immortalized by songwriter, Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive: “B-b-b-aby, you ain’t seen nothing yet!”  And that is the truth.  Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you are proven wrong.

Over the years, we’ve joked that we have enough fodder for a book or two on the crazy antics we’ve witnessed over the years.  So, a blog post or two on the topic should be easy to dish out!

Many years ago, we had a home listed in a very picturesque valley nearby.  It was a very old log cabin, which was home to weekenders, and unfortunately, some critters.  We found out about them during another agent’s showing, when they reported having seen some baby rattle snakes atop the electrical panel.  Just my luck, a water test needed to be taken, and I had to go and take it.  To say I was disconcerted would be to put it mildly.  I asked for some advice from my Dad, a retired Realtor® who had served in the North African Campaign in WWII:  he knew about snakes.  He told me that they recoil from sound.  So, I dragged along our office administrator, and in we went to the kitchen, armed with pots and pans, a spoon, running shoes and the water testing kit.  Had anyone seen us, they would have called for the nice men in the white coats for sure, but luckily our noisemaking worked, and we were able to take the water test, despite our trembling limbs.  It sure made the mouse droppings in the drawers seem much less offensive!

The water test?  Well, it came back contaminated  so we eventually had a well-driller in to examine the well for the source of the problem.  Have you guessed it yet?  Rattle snakes were living in the well casing.  Lots of them.  And spiders, which to me were far worse.  One of the seasoned well-drillers ran from that well as though his pants were on fire!  You’ll be glad to know, however, that once the snakes were gone, so was the water problem.  Thankfully the sale completed on time.  The happiest part of this story is that the new buyer, who no one could have blamed had he ran screaming from the property and never looked back, simply found the snakes charming.

Next week, the gunshots.

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2 thoughts on “Snakes and Gunshots and Naked Tenants, Oh My!

  • on June 16, 2008

    Snakes? We have tons of them here in Arizona. As much as we don’t like them, they don’t like us either. They will stay away as long as they can but the way houses were developed so fast in the recent years, they really don’t have much choice but keep surfacing up in your face! My dogs are snake trained by visual, hearing and smells. They are aware when snakes are around. Somehow Beagles don’t learn the trick well…. a question for Cesar Milan for another time.
    FYI – large dogs can survive, little ones have less chances. The recent newspaper article indicates the snake venom is more potent (new and improved?). Well, old venom was strong enough to put my lab mix (35kg) in deep misery for 10 days. She swelled up like a balloon and it was too late to administer anti-venom, so she suffered through and survived. When I show vacant lots to my buyers in the desert, I have a stick or a golf club to shake bushes, not to beat the snakes but to warn them to go away. They usually do and so do we to the opposite direction.
    So much for the snake talk. Arizona is pretty close to a true paradise on the earth from Oct-May. When you wake up in the morning you never have to wonder what kind of weather you would have that day. It is always sunny, cloudy days are welcome for change.
    The way your dollar is gaining strength, you ought to come and check this place out. We probably have the least number of natural disasters here and the prices of houses are getting more and more attractive and I would say that we have not hit the bottom yet. I will post more details on this soon.
    Think blue sky, dry air, Grand Canyon, year around golf, hiking, tennis, less than 5 hrs drive to LA, Vegas, San Diego and Mexico, it is hard not to smile. Well, the price of gas spoils things a little….
    No, I don’t work for the travel bureau of Arizona. I like it here including snakes, that’s all.

  • Marg
    on June 16, 2008

    Hmm. Snakes = bad, dry air = good. On balance, I think you live in a fabulous state and I hope I can visit again one day. Thanks for dropping by Hidemi!

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