Hilarious, Insane, and All-True: Real Estate Agent's Shocking Tales!

Dated: April 9 2024

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"Thank you, Greg, so much for joining us today. Uh, welcome to Page Realty Live, our real estate podcast, uh, from our family-owned and people-first company here in Massachusetts, Greg. Uh, awesome to have you on the show. Uh, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

You know what, Chris, I really appreciate the opportunity for you and Tim to allow me on the show today. Um, you know a little bit about me. I've been a real estate agent for about 25, uh, 25-30 years depending on kind of how you do your math. Um, been working here in Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area. Um, we primarily, this would be considered a luxury Market. Um, it's just home for me. So, uh, we've been, we sell thousands of homes, we have sold thousands of homes, excuse me, uh, here in the area and, uh, you know, it's an extremely awesome opportunity to be on your show. I really appreciate it. I, we thank you and I love following your Real Estate Uncensored, uh, which Tim put a little plug in there for him, uh, link to that. It's been a great inspiration and I've definitely picked up a lot of tips and things that I've tried to implement into my business.

And, uh, Greg, I'm curious, how'd you get started in this?

I failed out of college, uh, to be honest with you. I, I started working in a warehouse after failing out of college in two years. My parents paid $100,000 for me to go to college in two years, that kind of explains a little bit about what I did and, um, I started working in a warehouse. I thought it was the coolest thing on God's green earth because I got to work with my friends, um, and my dad's like, you know, about Greg, why don't you just come work with me? I'm like, real estate? Who wants to do real estate? I mean, that's, that's a Dad's job. And, uh, you know, I was going to go back down to Hollywood and, you know, get into acting and everything else. Well, that didn't work out very well, actually didn't really try, but, um, I, I started doing real estate, um.

The first couple of years, I was so bad at it that, uh, my father, who had been, who has now been doing it for 65 years plus, wow, yeah, broker in three different states, um, developer, the whole nine yards, and he's like, 'Nah, fool, you're going to go door knock.' And so I started door knocking and cold calling, um, and that's where I really started my journey and then I've just kind of morphed into kind of me these days, yeah.

And was your dad a broker at the time that you started, was he running his own shop?

So yes, um, yes and no, are you the SOB, the son of the broker, like I am?

Yes, 100%, I, I've always stood in my father's shadow, 100%. I was, I'm always Terry's kid, quote unquote, um, you know, when I first started doing real estate, uh, I combed my hair like him, I put the same cologne on, wore the same shirts, same khaki pants, I even had penny loafers with pennies in them, by the way, um, just like he did. And so, yeah, I, I, I've always stood in his shadow until, well, last 10 years, but yeah, it's, it's, it's a very interesting scenario, as you can attest to.

Oh yeah, I can, I, I, I, I fought going into the real estate business, not like physically, just, yeah, well, because my both my parents are broker owners and I saw all the conversations that they couldn't have at the office, so for me, real estate was like this super scary thing where all this craziness happened, all, like all those conversations that they couldn't have in the office doors  I witnessed and I was just like, 'Nah, that does not sound like an enjoyable career whatsoever.'

And I'm sure you've had, you have stories like that, you know, your dad, you know, dealing with, you know, personalities sometimes, uh, builders, buyers, sellers, everybody, it's just like, it's, for me, that's what I love about real estate, it's the people that you meet but it can also be sometimes the bane of my existence, you know, it really is sometimes. I had a, um, a client who I fired last week, um, she has a potbelly pig named Piglet, by the way, very fat little mother e'er, uh, just cruising around, taking shits everywhere in the backyard, um, her boyfriend is smoking weed and cigarettes inside, sleeping on a blow-up mattress, uh, right in front of the TV with his shoes all over the place, with Crown Royal bottles with liquor still in the glasses and in the bottles, uh, in the kitchen with uncooked food still on the stove. Oh boy. And they want $900,000 for this thing. I got them $850,000 all cash, closed in 14 days offer, they rejected it. And so, yes, you see every creature on Earth when you do real estate and once you get into it, that's the really interesting thing about real estate, there is no holds bar on anything. I mean, you will see the greatest people on Earth, meet the most the salt of the earth humans and then you're going to meet people that you wish didn't exist and you're like, 'What in the is going on in my life?' And you have to manage all of that BS the entire time while putting a smile on your face and going like, 'This is a great house, you're going to love it.'

Yeah, and you got to be professional, uh, you know, when, when sometimes you don't get professional responses back, I know, been there. Well, Chris, let me ask, let me ask you this man, since we're both generational real estate agents, what's one of the craziest stories that you have?

Oh, I showed a house one time, actually, I was thinking about posting this for April Fools but I couldn't find the, uh, the, uh, the picture that I took. I showed this house one time, um, and on the back door there was a note, 'Oh, to no, to Donnie,' which specifically told Donnie if he showed up at the property again, there were cameras, he was going to be arrested, detained, they were pressing all the, it, like, it detailed Donnie's future life in a very forward fashion on the back of this. And, like, we're showing the house and I'm like, 'Yeah, this is a great home, you know,' to my, my clients and I'm like, 'Yeah, you know, just so you know, um, if you're interested in this home, just, just don't be Donnie.'

Exactly. That's the, I have stories like that all the time, man. I had a house that had been sitting vacant for four years, um, that the sellers lived next door to, and the son, he, his nickname is Worm because he used to eat worms when he was a kid, long story, but his, uh, he had his child, it was a three-bedroom, one-bath house, he had his child in one bedroom, he lived in the living room, and then the third bedroom was just full of his stuff. He would sit out front and smoke cigarettes and weed all day long and take his trash cans that he would fill up with the neighbor's trash and dump it on the front porch of the vacant house. I mean, this is the stuff that you deal with and you're like, 'Are you kidding me?' But that's what you love about real estate, it's the stories. I mean, you could just, you could write a book. I should write a book, actually, uh, one of these days, but it, yeah, it's, it's, it's crazy. It really is, uh, what you deal with.

Yeah, it, it, it is one of those things where, like, you know, you get into it for the, for the love of people, for the, for the love of homes, for the love of, of what real estate is and then you're just like, 'Man, this, this is, this is really something,' and the, the stories that, like, at the end of the day, you just go home and you're like, 'Well, I mean, at least I have a normal life.'

And that's it, at least you have a normal life. I mean, you could, you could just write a book about the, the, the crazy stories that you have to deal with and, and all the things that you do to try to just, just make people happy. You're a, you're a people pleaser, I mean, that's what you are. You're, you're always trying to make somebody happy. I mean, you're like a servant, you're a servant to the public, but it's great.

Oh, it is. And, and I've heard the same story about your father that, that we've all heard about our own fathers in that, you know, our fathers were the ones who were always like, 'I, I, I need to make this right. I need to make this right. I need to make this right,' you know, 'I, I need to put the client first,' and it, it, it always, it always seemed, uh, to be, you know, that thing where you, you know, at the end of the day, if, if, if you're not putting your, your, your client first and your, your, your relationships first, then, you know, what are you doing in this business? And I think that that's one of the things that, that, you know, we've all kind of learned from, from our, our fathers in this business.

Well, and I think that the biggest lesson that I've learned is, is this, Chris, is you just have to be a man of your word. That's, that's really what it is. And, you know, I try to teach this to all the people that work with me and around me is, is your word is your bond. If you, if you say you're going to do something, you better damn well do it. And if you can't do it, then you better damn well explain why you can't do it. I mean, that's, that's what we do. I mean, you're, you're, you're, you're a professional, you know? I mean, we, we're, we're not just, you know, a bunch of, a bunch of people out there slinging houses, we're professionals, you know? And I think that that's the biggest thing that, that I've learned from, from my father and my mother, is, is just being a professional and, and taking care of your clients and your people.

Exactly, and you know, you've got, you've got so many great lessons that, you know, we could just go on and on about, but, uh, uh, uh, I do want to thank you so much for being on the show today. Um, thank you, Greg, uh, thank you, everyone, for listening. Uh, you've been listening to Page Realty Live, our real estate podcast. Uh, we are on iTunes, uh, we are on Spotify, we are on Stitcher, we are on Google Play, uh, we are on everywhere you can possibly imagine. Uh, thank you, everyone, for listening. Uh, thank you, Greg, again, for being on the show.

Well, Chris, I appreciate it and I appreciate you having me on. Uh, if you guys have any questions, uh, comments, concerns, um, love to hear from you, uh, you can, you can contact me, uh, @GregMcDaniel, uh, on the, on the Twitter, on the 'gram, on, on the Facebook. Uh, love to hear from you guys, love to, love to connect with you and, and, uh, hopefully, we'll talk soon.

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