The Funny Side of Real Estate

Real estate is a serious business and part of our job for our clients is to alleviate stress.  One way to accomplish this is through laughter.  While listening and laughing to Century 21 Colonial's Kelly Lantz get "punked" by a local radio station, I was reminded of my own moment of real estate apprehension.  It was a cold January day in 1996.  I was the "duty" agent at our Century 21 office at Westmount Place in Waterloo.  A duty agent's responsibility is to handle incoming inquiries from the public.  The secretary put a call through and the caller indicated he wanted to sell his house.  For context, these calls are rare.  I said I'd be happy to help and asked for his name.  He identified himself as B.J. Bird.  Baseball fans over the age of 20 will remember B.J. Birdy pictured above was the mascot for the Toronto Blue Jays until 1999.  I'm thinking I may be the victim of a practical joke while trying to maintain my composure.  I'm also trying, with no luck, to decipher the voice of the caller thinking it has to be one of my buddies or co-workers up to no good.  I proceed to ask Mr. Bird where he lives.  He proceeds to tell me he lives on Dick Street.  Now I'm fully convinced I'm the butt of this joke and I'm having a hard time not laughing.  Nevertheless, I proceed to get the house number and set an appointment with the caller.

It turns out Bertram John Bird did live at 238 Dick Street in Waterloo.  Mr. Bird was an elderly widower who enjoyed fishing.  He was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and wished to move "home" to live out his days.  We sold his property in 3 weeks and I contacted Shannon Tessier at Century 21 Andrich Realty to help him find a new home.  Mr. Bird was very grateful and it felt good to be able help him.  As Century 21's Kelly Lantz found out when Paul Allen from Magic 93 in P.E.I. called, Realtors always have to be thinking on their feet.  Well done, Kelly, I thought you were very gracious!  Here's the link with some background detail...enjoy a good laugh or two.


Jeff Gingerich

Sales Representative

Century 21 Home Realty Inc. Brokerage

Office:  519-570-4663

Direct:  519-505-4488


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