Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Life in Crestwood - DC: What a Way To Start a Day!

I was sitting in front of my computer checking my Active Rain points at eight in the morning, starting to wake up with my first cup of coffee. 

The phone rings.

"Pat, it's Sarah."  Ok, the lady who lives next door to the house I'm working on listing.  "There is a really gawdawful smell coming from Tom's house - like wet fire."

Good grief!  I'm out of my jammies and into real clothes in two minutes.  Grab the keys.  Run down the street.

Sara is right.  The smell on the porch is like he tried to burn wet wood.  Or like he had a little fire that he put out himself.  Yikes!

Tom is an older gentleman who probably should not be living alone.  I am in a panic.  I bang on the door, and he answers with a smile.  Once inside the house, the smell is gone.  We go upstairs and downstairs.  So smoke smell.

A friend of his knocks on the door and doesn't smell anything.  His smeller is broke, he says. 

We finally decide that, even though we don't smell anything inside the house, calling 911 was a great idea.  Could be an electrical fire in the walls.  And within minutes, some adorable guys from the DC fire Depatrment showed up on the front porch, sniffing and sharing that it smells like a smoulder. 

And it was.  They found a ceramic pot on another neighbor's porch with smouldering cigarettte butts and, um, a few roaches. 

Now, I don't know the people who live in this particular house, but I now know they are potheads.  And I'm a wee bit annoyed hat they disrupted my moring couting my Active Rain points. But isn't that what full service real estate is all about?

Oh, well. The firemen were just wonderful.   I gotta go check out the firehouse!

And I changed the names to protect the innocent.

Comment balloon 24 commentsPatricia Kennedy • May 26 2011 09:11PM


Thanks for sharing your story. . . hopefully your next week of mornings will be what you expect!

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 9 years ago

that's a manic Monday Thursday for sure...sung in my best Bangles

Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 over 9 years ago

Oh, nothing like a man in a uniform at 8am.... way to go! Full service is right!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 9 years ago



His smeller didn't work. I suppose I find it funny, because it sounds like something I would.

Smart move to call the fire department. Looks like you might have made some new friends in process.

Posted by Scott Hayes, Realty Austin, Broker Associate ((512) 786-8300) over 9 years ago

Pat.....cute photo!  Maybe one of those firefighters will be impressed with your "full service" and will call you when they are looking to buy or sell.

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - over 9 years ago

Was this the camera or the handy i-phone? Great start to the day.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 9 years ago

What a story Pat - you can't make this stuff up! Thank goodness is wasn't your client's home. I'm so naive that when you wrote roaches I thought - yuk, they have cock roaches - lol! Wonder if they are in a little hot water?!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 9 years ago

I've never heard the phrase "the lady who lives next store"... that must be a DC phrase.. I assume it's the same as "the lady who lives next door"?

a homonym, perhaps?

Posted by Alan May, There's no place like home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

We need to look out for each other in a community. Your heart was in the right place!

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 9 years ago

Well you just never know what each day will bring do you? I am a sucker for a man in a uniform and these guys are hot. No pun intended. LOL

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 9 years ago

One of the fun things that blogs do is recant the life of a REALTOR®. One day these stories will be even more entertaining as you and others reflect back on your entire career.  A great read and glad there was no fire at least at the house but it does sound like you turned this lemon of a potential tragedy into a lemonade drink moment on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 9 years ago

Wow. Nothing like a phone call about a fire at a listing to get you dressed and out the door!  Sheesh.  Hope the rest of the day was better and at least you got to see some cute firemen out of it!

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) over 9 years ago

The lady who lives next store must be able to say "so smoke smell", too.  Oh, Pat.  You must be excited by those men in uniform!

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 9 years ago

Just when we think we've experienced it all....something like this happens.  Great story! 

Posted by Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO (RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers) over 9 years ago

How awesome that you took control and didn't stop until you were 100% sure everything was okay for Tom.  You can never be too careful and it sounds as thought what you did was just right.  You do go the extra mile for your clients and their neighbors.  They will not forget your responsiveness and your stepping quickly into action.

Posted by Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On (Colorado Landmark, Realtors) over 9 years ago

Pat I understand your frustration. Every now and then when I'm walking around the house with my neat piles of ActiveRain points, and I trip or jog the box, and they fall. Takes forever to get them sorted out again, especially those thin bonus point chips.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 9 years ago

Pat what a way to start your day.  So glad it wasn't something more serious.   I hope you did get back to your coffee and points :)

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 9 years ago

C'mon you loved the excitement, Pat.  Admit it.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 9 years ago

I'm glad there was no fire but aren't you glad you now know about the other neighbor? lol.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 9 years ago

Fire fighters are great guys!  And it is simply NO fun when you change the names...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago


Wow, that sounds like some morning. And I wonder if the smoking neigbors will be getting a visit from anyone soon?

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

Gee, and I thought that reference to a roach was a bug..................right...............sorry you had to jump like that first thing in the morning!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 9 years ago

So, did you find a hunka, hunka burning love or not?  I thought you were off the market...pending, so to speak.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 9 years ago


A story  of one morning in life of an agent. 364 to follow. This is pretty much our 1001 night...

Well done

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 9 years ago