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Obstacle Course Showings

These are not for the light of heart. There is a disclosure to wear comfortable shoes and the listing agent will not be responsible for torn clothing in case you must climb chain-link fences or be chased by angry dogs. Don’t ever go alone and 3 people are preferable in order to watch each other’s backs and to stand watch.


I went to a showing this weekend where the lockbox was placed inside the building in a stairwell. It wasn’t difficult enough to find the stairwell and the lockbox but the front door to the building was locked and the agent expected prospects to wait by the front door until someone exited.

Real Estate Practical Jokes

My customer was as cool as they get and we ventured into finding another way into the building. A garage gate was open, we sneaked into the pool area and stood in place on all 3 exits of the building until someone opened a door. Am I the only one that thinks this is RIDICULOUS?? The whole experience was so surreal that once we were inside the condo unit we expected it to be booby-trapped and were afraid to go in…..or maybe there were hidden cameras and we were going to appear in one of those “practical joke” reality shows.

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The unit was nice – but after all that it doesn’t matter if they were giving it away, we were psychologically drained!!

So remember……Obstacle courses and Real Estate Showings don’t mix!! (unless you are into that kind of thing…which would technically make you a FREAK)

Written By

Ines is all Miami, all the time. A Miami Beach Realtor® with Majestic properties, Ines authors,, and and is always on communication's leading edge. She goes out of her way to engage and be engaged, often using Mojitos to keep the mood light and give everything she does a Miami flavor. You can find her goofing off or instigating trouble at Twitter, Flickr, Facebook or LinkedIn.



  1. Jeff Brown

    December 19, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Classic — You can’t make this stuff up.

  2. Benn Rosales

    December 19, 2007 at 10:49 am

    lol I’m producing a television pilot called “a day in the life of Ines.” Jeff is right, you can’t make that stuff up.

  3. Ines

    December 19, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Jeff – wait ’till you read about my next one….I could not make these up if I tried!

    Benn – only if you play “ines” – you’ll have to wear heels though!

  4. Mariana

    December 19, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Ines, I can picture you in my head right now … loaning Benn your heels.

  5. Ines

    December 19, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Mariana, I know you can picture me….the question is , can you picture Benn?

  6. Mariana

    December 19, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Oh, Don’t make me break out the Photoshop …

  7. Ines

    December 19, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    now you HAVE TO!

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