Al and Cal Homes and Community: Memories of Showing Homes in a Snowstorm

Memories of Showing Homes in a Snowstorm

Memories of Showing Homes in a Snowstorm

The blizzard of 2013 has just begun.  Unlike the blizzard of '78 (yes, I was around then) when we really didn't have much notice, the weathermen and the politicians have advised us all to stay in and off the roads.   The offices in our area are closed and agents are already canceling appointments and open houses for the weekend.    (Quick note.   Unless we lose power, my open house and appointments are still happening for Sunday!)

So here I am, making calls and finishing up for the day.   The snow is falling at a good clip and as I look out the window it reminds me of my very first buyer. snow storm

They were relocating up, or down, from New York and as relocating couples sometime have, their company had given them a weekend in Boston for a house hunting trip.    We had been in communication over the phone, (computers were not really heard of in our business at the time), and I was prepared for their trip, ready and anxious to help them make the move to our area.  

As luck would have it, the forecast for their trip was snow and lots of it!    It didn't phase these buyers and the wife was ready for her new adventure while the husband went to the office to get acquainted.   Fortunately, I had access to a 4 wheel drive vehicle and took advantage of using that.    I picked Marlena up at the hotel and off we went on our house hunt in the snow.  

It wasn't too bad when we started out, but it started to get worse as the day got longer.   Pretty soon it was getting close to dark and we had a few more homes to see.    We pulled up in front of a new build in a neighborhood that seemed perfect for their family.   I remember the house well, still 25 years later.   Why?   Because the driveway was not clear and neither was a walk to the home.    We trudged through now pretty deep snow and when we got to the house, the steps were not in yet.  

Determined to make my first sale, I found myself giving this gal a "ten finger" boost into the house.   With no cell phone or way of communication in my pocket, and with what little daylight we had leaving us fast, it was kind of foolish to be entering a half built house with no stairs, especially being surrounded by high winds and swirling snow.   

I remember thinking, this job is just crazy!

Fast forward 25 years.   Marlena and I have been friends ever since.   Her quest for a new home and mine for a first sale brings a large smile to my face.    

I have to say though, I am not sure that today I would be giving anyone "ten fingers" to get into a home, but hey, who knows!   



About the author

Carol-Ann Palmieri,  a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with Al Mussi have helped hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

 A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

 Licensed in MA and RI...

 Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....
Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 10 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • February 08 2013 01:07PM


Carol Ann....the snow is coming down steady right now in Canton & wind picking up.  I remember the Blizzard of '78 but I was juat a kid then.  As for your story....that is a great one!  The things we do sometimes are crazy & we look back & wonder why we did them.  I've been hunkered down all day but my office is in my house so I'm working away.  I have some appointments for Sunday....hope we're able to keep them!  Stay safe!

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - over 5 years ago

Hi Christine.    It is so nice that we can do so much from home these days.    I love it but am already getting cabin fever.  :)   I am guessing I will be ready to pay to go to work when Sunday comes!   lol.   Thanks for checking in!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 5 years ago

Carol Ann: What a neat story...sure hope you ended up selling them a home!  Stay inside and warm as you ride out the 2013 storm.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 5 years ago
Thanks Anita! I did. That's a story for another blog. Snowing to beat the band right now!
Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 5 years ago

Carol Ann, Many a buyer I have taken out just before or after a snow storm, they (snow storms) are so inconvenient to our profession.  Hang in there and stay safe!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) over 5 years ago

Carol Ann, we should have a contest for our first buyer story.  What would it say about all of us.  Hope your keeping your smile, I am feeling way cold just reading your post.  Be safe and be warm. 

Posted by Ellie Penaranda, Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co (239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty ) over 5 years ago

Carol Ann, all i know is i would have put that buyer on hold...i have a few who called me on vacation wanting to get in to see homes with the blizzard coming.  I just got my power back & the pipes didn't more chances here generator is in the forecast!  Now 25 years later would you be as reckless as you were years ago?? lol

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Hi Christine.    Staying safe thinking that we were in the clear to show today and where I ended up the roads a mess.   Thanks.


Hi Ellie.   That would be fun.   I'm sure there would be some very interesting ones!   Thanks.


Hi Anita.     Living by the sea is so beautiful but you do take a hit when we have these storms.  Glad to hear all is okay.    We were reckless back then and I would not even dream of that today!   Thanks for checking in.   Glad you are okay.   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 5 years ago

This is a sweet story. After we're established, we can look back upon our earliest memories with affection.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 5 years ago


Very nice  ending and excellent story. It is really cool you ladies are still fierds all these years later. Personally I would have bagged the showing in a big snow storm. Hopefullt I will never have to worry about this snow event by living here in Texas but who knows?

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 5 years ago