JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: Opportunity is Everywhere. Even in Disaster

Opportunity is Everywhere. Even in Disaster

Lake Carolina  Nearly a decade ago now, when I was fairly new to real estate my doorbell began to go nuts one random morning about 6AM. I was equal parts curious and  confused as I tried to figure out who on Earth needed my attention so bad and so early. As I opened my front door I came face to face with a Richland County Sheriff's Deputy and he was holding my briefcase. He immediately asked me if I recognized the briefcase and if I would step outside.

  As I explained that it was my briefcase and pointed to the company name on the side, the officer stated that it was found in me neighbors front yard. Realizing that I had been out with friend the night before, I knew I had a late night, but not nearly the kind of night that would cause me to come home and throw my briefcase at the neighbor's house so I was really confused by this point. To make matters worse, when I stepped out of the house and into my front yard, the neighbor in question, who waved at me at this point, was sweeping the street between our houses. I thought I might be dreaming in all honesty.

Lake Carolina in Columbia, SCTurns out that my neighbor was sweeping up glass from a broken window. Someone had broken into his car overnight and stolen an Ipod. When the police came, they found my briefcase, but the informed me that there was no sign of forced entry, so they didn't believe anyone had been in my car. I couldn't help but ask if they though I had thrown the briefcase into the neighbor's yard myself.

  I could see from my porch the the GPS that once hing from my windshield was missing. A second deputy stepped forward to fill out a report. While doing so, he questioned what manor of company I worked for and I told him I was in real estate. Turns out he was about to start looking for a new home. Once he had finished his report, we made an appointment to get together and discuss his home search.


Lake Carolina in Columbia, SC  Flash forward all these years later and that officer who had just gotten out of the military and was on his first day of training with Richland County that morning did buy a new home. He built one just up the road from my home at the time and my wife was the agent for the builder. In fact, he went on to use me to buy two new homes, both through my wife's builder and to sell one home as well.

  The fact of the matter is that while I was not happy to start with that my GPS was stolen, several transactions later I have lessened the sting a bit. You never know when you will meet your next client and sometimes a bad situation can turn good pretty fast if you let it. I still do not like being stolen from but I can tell you this, I use Google Map on my phone like everyone else these days, but I leave an GPS in my windshield with the door unlocked every night now just hoping it will get stolen. I have had 6 transactions between the homes bought and sold by the officer himself and friends he has referred to me. That's less than I would have spent on marketing for the same amount of deals. Again, you just never know when your next opportunity will find you, even if it doesn't start off on the right foot.


JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.

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Comment balloon 26 commentsJL Boney, III • May 14 2018 03:10AM


You never know where the next lead may come from and we need to be ready

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 1 year ago

WOW, what a story, JL! I always love happy endings and this one was happiness to the 6th degree!  LOL 

Seriously, we never know when opportunity is going to knock - and sometimes, it's at the most unexpected times...but, we always welcome it, don't we?!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 year ago

I have found good things happen when we had no idea that they would. Great story.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 1 year ago

That's a great story JL Boney, III !  Thanks for sharing it.  The truth is, you just never know.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Positive attitude and setting your goals on a target. See, believe in that and you can attain anything with the right mindset.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 1 year ago

A different kind of networking ...always keeping an ear open...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 1 year ago

It is important for us to understand the significance in your title words, JL.  I have visited areas where disaster has struck.  While many folks had lost a great deal, it was being rebuilt, providing an opportunity for new ideas in the restoration, and jobs for the craftsmen helping to restore.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 year ago

Good morning JL Boney, III ,

I'm so glad to hear your story and see it featured. You never know where your next clients will come from so its important how you conduct your life on an every day basis. Consumers want to deal with an agent who is level headed..opportunity is out there at every turn!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 1 year ago

Awesome story. You can trust even in the bad times that it can be made to turn out for good. 

Posted by Eric Sztanyo, Cincinnati & NKY Realtor® | TeamSztanyo.com (Keller Williams Advisors Realty) about 1 year ago

Yes - there are many opportunities that we probably miss everyday.  It does involve talking to someone - whether forced in your case - or more casually. But through communication we relate with each other and can find common ground. And perhaps a sale!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hello, JL, That was a great story. We cannot know when the blessings have to come and even the bad situation will turn into Blessings. Have a Nice Day!

Posted by James Grant about 1 year ago

Opportunity is always knocking in different forms!  Great post!

Posted by L. Scott Ferguson, Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional (Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing this great story JL Boney, III, LOVE happy endings. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) about 1 year ago

The cycle of abundance visits with everyone constantly making the rounds

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 1 year ago

Hi JL- lucky you that that's all that was taken!  You are so right...you never know when an opportunity will present itself. We just have to have our eyes open (and make sure that we're always on our best behavior!)

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 1 year ago

Great story, you never know who you are going to meet and when. You just have to be open to the opportunity.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) about 1 year ago

What a strange happenstance, but a great ending with getting the responding officer as a client.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 1 year ago

I really love happy endings. Congratulations 

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) about 1 year ago

That's quite a story, JL. You just never know where a lead may come from do you!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 1 year ago

Great story! The old lost briefcase marketing strategy.

Maybe lose about 10 more briefcases with your business card attached in strategic locations frequented by wealthy people, or at the local real estate investors group!

Of course, they might call the bomb squad for an abandoned briefcase. But maybe they will mention your name on the 10 o'clock news when they see your business card!

Posted by Jerry Lucas, Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training (ABC Legal Docs LLC) about 1 year ago

sometimes all you have to do is knock on the door and the door will open. Love and light!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 1 year ago

You never know where the next deal is coming from do you? Well played series of events!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 1 year ago

Great story. Everyone we meet is a potential client, regardless of the circumstances. 

Posted by Dan Tabit (Keller Williams Bellevue) about 1 year ago

This is an example of how an unfortunate situation can turn into something positive!  Interesting post!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) about 1 year ago

Opportunities are everywhere, yet, recognizing opportunities and taking action regardless of your location is the key to your benefits.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) about 1 year ago

Opportunities certainly are everywhere! But that's one I wouldn't have wanted to repeat!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 1 year ago