From pouncing wolves to snapping snakes, Kimberly Adams-Mann has seen it all in real estate – and lived to tell about it. Kimberly dives into stories of abandoned dogs and hoarding, clues us in on the way she handles challenging sales, and tells us why it’s sometimes just easier to smile. Tune in to hear how Kimberly manages working with her husband, and why she’d pick taxidermy over pet damage any day.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 00:55 – Kimberly’s background
- 01:00 – Kimberly was born in San Francisco, grew up in Wisconsin, then moved to northern Illinois; she could be an English teacher if she wanted to be
- 01:15 – Her family has been restoring properties since she was in her 20s; she moved back from England and got into real estate about 5 years ago
- 02:35 – The trouble with animals in real estate
- 03:09 – You have to get past bad animal stuff if you want to succeed in real estate, and just smile sometimes
- 03:35 – Kimberly received a listing opportunity; a woman had gotten ill and dogs were left on her property
- 03:45 – The property was left a disaster; she even needed people to sign waivers that they understood that there was a biological hazard on the property
- 04:00 – She got the property, listed it, sold it to one of her investors, and the investor listed it with he again later
- 04:20 – There was a lack of care for the property because she had gone to the hospital, but she was a hoarder as well
- 04:55 – Hoarding: The house had pathways to rooms and some places were not even accessible
- 05:13 – The biggest form of hoarding Kimberly has seen is papers, like stacks of old bills
- 05:36 – The property was on MLS but wasn’t traditionally marketed and was sold quickly to the investor
- 06:15 – Agents brought investors through
- 06:45 – Doing the right thing and being honest about concerns/hazards and what you need to do to protect your business
- 07:00 – Kimberly’s husband is her business partner, he’s nicer and the “rainmaker,” and she come in to tell how it is
- 07:30 – Taxidermy stories
- 07:40 – Her husband saw a stuffed pouncing wolf displayed right inside a front door
- 08:00 – She was walking through a house she loved, went into the family room, and saw a stuffed coiled snake in the living room
- 09:20 – She prefers taxidermy over pet damage
3 Key Points
- Do what you need to do to protect your business.
- Be honest and clear about your listings and protect your clients.
- Get past animal stuff with a good attitude: It may not be bad to the client.