Quinte, On. real estate agent: Nice Play Shakespeare

Nice Play Shakespeare


Earlier this afternoon I was showing some houses to clients of mine. They are great clients and it's fun touring around with them. The houses we are looking at fall under the "cosy" category.

We entered one particular house and were greeted by three rather young cats who started nuzzling around our legs as we walked through the house. Not a problem, this is quite common, they seemed nice enough.

When we were leaving the house I encountered a problem that I run into often enough. I forgot where I put the lockbox cover (I'm smart enough to leave the key in the door so I don't misplace that - experience is a good teacher). So, me being me, I took the key out of the doorlock and embarked on my search for the missing lockbox cover. I told my clients to go look around the backyard for a minute or two.

Well, it didn't take me all that long to find the cover (I usually leave it near the entrance), but wouldn't you know it, as soon as I open the door to leave, one of the cats makes a dash for freedom. I close the door quickly to start the chase.

After a bit of coaxing and tut tut tutting I managed to get the fiesty devil cat into my arms where he proceeded to wrestle around and hiss all the while shredding my jacket. The bugger was like a writhing ball of sinew, teeth, muscles and claws. The entire neighbourhood must have thought I was trying to strangle the little thing (which I wasn't yet).

I managed to get back to the door with the little hellion and guess what? It's locked. Smooth move ex-lax. Now I have to hang on to this devil with one hand and fish around in my pocket with the other praying to the Lord above that the key is in there. Sweat began to bead on my forehead.

I could imagine the conversation I would be having with the listing agent.

Hi Mike, it's Malcolm from Century 21 here.

Oh, hi Malcolm, how did today's showing go?

Oh, not bad, my clients quite liked the house, the kitchen's nice.

Sorry what was that, I can't hear you, there's some noise in the background.

It's a cat. I have a cat in my car, ummmmm, do you have a spare key for the house.

Could you speak a bit more clearly, there seems to be a loud hissing noise.

It's a cat. Oww, stop that. Ummmmmm, I need a spare key, I a.. haha.. managed to lock the key in there.

What, you're bringing an offer?

No, I'm probably just going to bring you a cat. Are you at your office now.

Great, looking forward to it, my clients will be happy to see something in writing then. Ciao for now. Click.

Fortunately for me there was a window that was open a crack around the side of the house, and after throwing gently depositing the cat back inside the house I managed to rectify the whole lockbox cover and key situation much to the amusement of my clients who had probably never seen such an agile real estate agent before.

I always have always known that I'm a dog person, I need no further proof.



Comment balloon 25 commentsMalcolm Johnston • April 21 2011 03:53PM


Funny story, Malcolm! Probably not at the time though...:)

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) about 9 years ago

I wish I'd seen it Malcolm LOL! You should make it into a movie ;).

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) about 9 years ago

What can I say?  How about, 'all is well that ends well, without scratches'?

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) about 9 years ago

Malcolm- what a tale!!! Yes I'm a dog person too but I have to tell you both dogs would have bolted past anyone just to get out the door. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 9 years ago

Hi Malcolm,

Been there done that, both with cats and dogs, thanks for putting a smile on my face and making me feel better about my personal (not so proud) moments.......

Can we buy the movie somewhere, and share it........

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Hi Peg, no not at the time at all. I started thinking that these sorts of things only happen to me.

Argh Janice, that cat sure made it very difficult.

Charles, I do have a few scratches from that ordeal.

Kathy, I can usually get dogs to listen to me. they are suckers for affection. Cats not so much.

Peter and Linda, and I thought that type of thing only happened to me.




Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Thanks for welcoming me, Malcolm!! Love the pic!!!

Posted by Rosa Almond, E-PRO, SSC Short Sale Certified (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.) about 9 years ago

that is why I make it a habit to lay the lockbox cover just to the outside of the door... And like you say, I never take the key out of the door knob until I leave!! That key is very important if you need it again.. sounds like you did this time!! Bet you don't take that key out of the door next time...HAHAHA

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) about 9 years ago


You have a great way of telling a story. I can picture you as a stand up comedian.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 9 years ago

A great story, Malcolm.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) about 9 years ago

Malcolm, by the way you wrote this, I can only imagine the type of stories you told your daughter at bedtime ;-)

Happy Easter, I hope you are enjoying the family time.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

OMG funny but stressful all at the same time.  I felt for you while reading this.  And I've searched for the key and box many times only to find out I left it in the door unintentionally.  I like your idea to leave it there on purpose.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience. The thoughts of your situation will put a smile on many faces. Many of us have seen cats dashing for freedom.

 Blooming for home buyers!


Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 9 years ago

Malcolm, Thanks to Roy's re-blog I got to read your funny/stressful encounter with the dashing cat.  That would not have been a fun ride with a cat.  Most cats do not do well as passengers in my experience.  Hope your coat still has some life left in it.

I bet the next time you encounter a cat you will remember where the key is!


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) about 9 years ago

OMG, Malcolm, this is just too funny.  I can see it now.  Are we related?  LOL. 

PS - stopped by because of Roy's reblog - great job, Roy.

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) about 9 years ago

Malcolm too funny!  Don't you love when you do silly things that your clients get to laugh at and realize you are human too?  Hope the jacket wasn't too messed up and you don't have too many war wounds!  --Krystal

Posted by Krystal Knott, Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO (LIV Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

Hysterical!  I am also a dog-person.  When previewing a house recently, I started up the stairs when OUCH!  I was attacked by the resident feline who had waited in hiding, and then launched full claws into my calves drawing blood!  I kicked gently pushed the offending animal back down the stairs and continued to the bathroom where I found something to stop the bleeding.  ugh! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Margo Otey (REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) about 9 years ago

Valerie, cats really don't love me all that much, nor I them.

Any time Rosa, i like welcoming people to AR.

Sheila, sometimes I have to learn something a few times before I truly grasp the hows and whys.

Brian, my open mike night gig at Yuk Yuks didn't go down too well.

Thank you Joshua.

Chris, she's still truamatized by some of the stories.

Jenny, it makes sense to leave it there, otherwise I'll leave it all over the place.

Roy, those cats can be surprisingly quick.

Gloria, you're right, I'll be extra aware when felines are involved.

Juli, I thought that type of thing only happened to me.

Krystal, it doesn't take too long for my clients to figure out that I'm human at all.

Margo, cats can be viscious little creatures when they want to be.













Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Terrific!  Love a little brevity in content, especially when I'm not the brunt...  Thank you!

Posted by James Locklear, Social Media Training , Virtual Services, Search Engine Optimization Lattitude - SEOL (Online Marketing Advertising Consultant) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the laugh! I also have a door dodging cat....lucky for me she weights close to 20lbs and is easy to catch. At least you will know to watch for that cat the next time you show it.....haha.

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) about 9 years ago

That story is exactly why I don't set the key holder OR key down while showing a home.  In the pocket if I have to, but never on the ground, counter, sil, etc.

Posted by Cameron Novak, Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team (The Homefinding Center) about 9 years ago

James, if we can't laugh at other people, then who can we laugh at?

Rosalie, I don't think I'm going back.

Cameron, you would think I would have learned that by now.

Erica, yes I was very relieved to find it open.


Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

This story is way too funny. Cats should be crated like dogs when property is shown and they should be licensed too!

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 9 years ago

Sandi, most people see cats as cute little things, not as the devils that they potentially are.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

OMG that was too funny! Great commentary Malcolm and well deserved feature! Hope you didn't get scratched too bad, those really hurt for a long time! See all that practise with the squirrel has helped you with the cat!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago