It has been a rough week. We’re in Houston for JR to start his job, and for me to find a house. I honestly didn’t know it would be such a hassle. We were working with a realtor, since I don’t know the city very well and JR has been less than helpful in this whole thing. We decided the general area we wanted to live, and told the realtor. Houston’s Realtors have a great website set up where people can search listings. We sent a TON of listings to the Realtor. Everyone she sent us seemed too expensive (or right at the top of what we wanted to spend). I met with her Monday with Claire, plus my sister-in-law and her two kids.
Three kids under 3 walking around 7 houses in Houston wasn’t fun. Plus, Addie (SIL) and I couldn’t get Claire’s carseat out of my car so we had to take two cars. Plus the realtor’s car. It was a regular caravan.
We saw the houses, didn’t really like any of them. The last one we saw was beautiful, but a lot bigger than we wanted. It was the most we wanted to spend in rent, plus utilities would be outrageous. I mentioned to the realtor that we liked it, but that I would have to talk to JR about it. Turns out that the owner of the house had three people back out of the lease, so he just wanted to sell it. I told the realtor not to worry about it. We would find something else.
Two weeks ago, Addie drove by a house in her neighborhood that was for sale or lease. It didn’t come up in the MLS under for lease, so she called the owner and asked to look around. I gave our realtor the MLS number ( like I had with all the other ones we saw that day) and she scheduled to look at it. But by the time we were going to look at it, the girls were tired and cranky and I told her to cancel the showing. Well, Addie and I decided that we wanted to look at it the next morning, but the Realtor wasn’t available. So, Addie called the owner and he was there anyway so we went by. It’s pretty awesome. I decided to fill out a credit application (with our realtor’s name on it) and called Realtor to tell her that we decided to go with that one. She said she would fill out the lease information and the pet deposit information, but I told her that I wanted to wait to see what the owner wanted to do. I told her not to do anything until I heard from him. She emailed me and the owner the information anyway.
The next day (yesterday), I got a call from Realtor saying that the owner wasn’t going to compensate her for finding the house because Addie called him about it first. She said that she scheduled the showing, but canceled per our request and has all the information to prove that. I told her that him deciding not to compensate her had nothing to do with what she did or didn’t do to see it; Addie called him first so Addie was the one who found it, not Realtor.
Realtor called owner again and complained. Owner said, too bad. Then I get this email: