A couple of weeks ago I was in the middle of showing a house when the phone rang. I continued to show the house, pointing out the deep closets and hardwoods in good condition, when the answering machine turned on.
"This is Joe. Leave a message," we all heard.
"This is a collect call from an inmate at the Monroe County Jail. Do you accept the charges?" was the message that was left!
We all looked at each other and quickly left. Negotiating with a seller who is buddies with local inmates didn't appeal to my clients.
The moral of the story is if your house is on the market, either turn off the anwering machine or hit the mute button!