Barmon is less recognizable than those actors, of course. In fact, he’s never been recognized. But one time he broke his own rule and fessed up to his past when a couple of clients were talking about Caddyshack. They were thrilled.
“There are three stages of Spaulding,” notes Barmon. “There’s disbelief. Shock and awe. And then the deluge of questions. ‘What are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be in Los Angeles, sitting by a pool, signing autographs and eating tacos?’ ”
No, he says, “I’m just a working guy.” But he’s not averse to using the tricks of the acting trade when trying to sell a house. “It’s not to say it’s a Jekyll & Hyde type of thing, but you definitely have a game face, and there’s a persona you adopt when you’re out with a client. I try to make the home-buying process fun. Add a little humor.” That said, however, “generally, I try to keep the two businesses separate.”
So one should not act like boorish Spaulding Smails when trying to close a deal? “Noooooooooooooooooo,” he says with a laugh. “I’ve never used notoriety from the film to get real-estate business. That would just be corny. ‘Come to an open house and meet Spaulding!’ That might not get the kind of client that your seller wants at their house.”
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