Mike Rock, Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less (Complete Design)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I would have said, "You know the old saying, 'If you break it, you buy it?' Well, the same applies here - if you deface it, you buy it!"  

Aug 13, 2017 09:28 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'd ask them now that the house was personalized for them, how soon can they close on a purchase. And if they say they aren't buying I'd ask where I can send the bill for repainting the wall.

Aug 14, 2017 03:57 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow, I would have been livid, sorry to hear that this happened to you. I would love to hear what you did... I would have reverted back to my Airborne Ranger ways and would not have acted like a Realtor is supposed to do...Endre

p.s.: I would have asked them to leave unless the were buying the house immediately

Aug 13, 2017 11:46 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I probably would have sterilized the parents so they could not continue to breed. 🔪

Aug 14, 2017 05:08 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Mike-in todays twisted world I bet the parents thought it was "cute" and did NOT scold the brat. I would have asked if they would be signing a purchase offer with that crayon!

Aug 14, 2017 04:44 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root


I would have probably grabbed the crayon and handed it to the parents and said, "That absolutely cannot happen" and I would have asked how they intended to get the crayon off the wall of a $2.5M home.

I'm wondering what you did.....

Aug 14, 2017 03:47 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I'm with Debe Maxwell, CRS on this - there is no place for rudeness and unmannered children when house shopping

Aug 14, 2017 05:17 AM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

WOW!  Sorry to hear this one, but all the more reason for everyone to be vigilent when children enter a home with their parents. As the developer, I would let them know they can either write a contract or let them know the terms of the invoice that you will be sending them for either painting (if needed) or cleaning.  





Aug 13, 2017 10:23 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

While the parents are standing there looking mortified, put a purchase agreement in front of them and tell them where to sign.

Aug 13, 2017 07:40 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am with Endre Barath, Jr. on this one.  I have yet to figure out how to candy-coat stupid. All the money in the world does not raise my level of tolerance. 

Aug 14, 2017 07:49 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I would have asked the parents what their plans were to clean up their child's mess.

Aug 14, 2017 06:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I would have asked the parent to tell the child to stop it.  A

Aug 13, 2017 09:09 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'd have immediately told the kid to stop and told the parents if they aren't going to buy it, they need to foot the bill for some paint touchup (likely needing to repaint a wall if it's not a recently painted wall).

Aug 14, 2017 04:24 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

That's a tough one. Can't wait to hear what you did.

Aug 14, 2017 03:50 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Welcome back Mike Rock you've been MIA for many months, hope you are well? To your question I'd have the home cleaned and bill the people or make them buy that home.

Aug 14, 2017 07:35 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I would blow a gasket. The wax will afect the texture on the wall and the writing will show through after painted. UGH!

Aug 14, 2017 06:31 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I'm a pretty forgiving guy when it comes to kids as long as it appears to be a genuine accident. I would clean it off myself but talk to the parents about training their child to respect other's property. There's probably an on-going issue if the child has no idea that it's wrong to color on a wall.

Aug 14, 2017 06:28 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Hope you tell us how you handled it. I be pissed that's all I can say.

Aug 14, 2017 05:18 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

 I've had unattended kids scouff up wallsand rub dirty hands on them  

Aug 14, 2017 04:59 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I know my immediate reaction would have been to say loudly " WHOA, STOP THAT......."  as as walked towards the kid to take the crayon away. Then I would have said, it's a good thing your not my kid, because you'd bw getting a hard spanking right now. And if the parents didn't like it, they could take their brats and leave.

Aug 14, 2017 04:06 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If they buy fine, if not what are you going to do? Take the crayons away and proceed 

Aug 13, 2017 09:08 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mike Rock - just not sure what I'd do! Ask them to 'buy' the home? Clean up?

And wonder why one would leave kids around intentionally to 'color' the home?

Aug 13, 2017 08:44 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have never seen that happen.

Aug 13, 2017 07:48 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Shame on those parents, and don't care how much the how is selling for.  It is their responsibility to control their children.

Aug 16, 2017 10:19 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, I would of been mad, I sure hope they will the house as is.


Aug 16, 2017 08:18 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

parents need to step up

Aug 14, 2017 06:35 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I would simply and gently take the crayon from her and and smile and say - let's go look at .....whatever - just to distract her!!!!!  And then I'd make sure the purse was high and out of reach. You can easily have the wall painted.  I have done somethig similiar before but ususally it's a kid running wild around a pool - which could be a whole lot worse if they fell in.


And sure the parents should be more mindful but we all know this stuff happens all the time and we have to roll with the punches.  Did they buy the house?

Aug 14, 2017 10:50 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Get an estimate to repaint the wall. You can't remove crayon with soap and water and expect there be no mark. My guess is $500 in cash. Drive the husband  to two ATM machines (some have $300 limit) and get the money. Mom keeps those children in their car following while you have Dad in your car. 

These parents are nuts, raising children to wear orange jump suits not paint like Picasso.

I would have tried to trade child purses

Aug 14, 2017 10:40 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

unless you want to redo the walls, you need to politely ask the parents to remove the crayons from her purse....

Aug 14, 2017 09:37 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Oh my goodness.........Waiting on your response

Aug 14, 2017 09:32 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Bet the parents were mortified. You NEVER make an aggressive move on children. If you let them into the house, you have to keep track of them but let the parents deal with any situation that arises.

Aug 14, 2017 09:07 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Oh they just bought it in so many terms. I know you sold it to them, right?

Aug 14, 2017 08:53 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

If they buy it, i think i would fix it, if they did not buy it, would have them and or their buyer agent be paying for it. 

Aug 14, 2017 06:54 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Well if it was a serious buyer, I would tell her that I would repaint that wall

Aug 14, 2017 06:24 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Mike Rock Debe Maxwell, CRS has your answer.

Aug 14, 2017 06:07 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would let them know that they now either buy this home or pay to re-paint the wall.

Aug 14, 2017 05:59 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Bill them for the repaint.  If they refuse to pay, sue them.


Aug 14, 2017 05:23 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Debe Maxwell, CRS nailed this one!

Aug 14, 2017 05:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this story. The parents are responsible for needed repairs.

Aug 14, 2017 04:51 AM