Just when you thought you had heard it all, along comes a new one.
I met with one of my buyers today for a final walk through, and for the most part, the house was in pretty good shape... except for the stove... which wasn't there anymore?
My first thought, and please don't judge me for saying this, was that it was sold to make some extra cash. The transaction in question is a Short Sale, and my understanding is that the sellers had a real financial hardship. Moving isn't cheap, so maybe they sold a few things to pay for the movers... BUT THE OVEN??
I contacted the listing broker, who seemed just as upset as I was. He looked into it quickly, and I have no complaint about how he handled it today. How this will end... well, I guess I'll have to revise this blog in a few days. In the meantime, back to the show!!!!
So yes, the sellers did take the oven, but NO, they did not sell it. In fact, they would never sell it... to anyone... because IT WAS A WEDDING PRESENT!
Some of you are wondering to yourself, "Are you serious"?
"Yes, I am", said me. I'm serious. They took the stove because it was a wedding present, really.
I've had plenty of time to think about this today, and I'm not sure which is worse, the fact that the sellers took it because it was a wedding present, or the fact that a stove was a wedding present (just kidding, relax! That was inserted for "humor" people).
So now, the seller is going to replace the stove with a new, similar stove. Again, not kidding. This doesn't seem to make much sense either! Just leave the old, used stove, and buy yourselves a new one! Right?
And for those of you who read these looking for a technicality you can complain about (yes, you know who you are), the stove was clearly identified in the contract as transferring with the house... so there!
If I'm wrong, go ahead, tell me I'm wrong. But man... is today over yet?
*** UPDATE ***
Okay, I've gotten tons of emails asking me how this actually ended, so here it is... ready?... okay...GO!
The sellers ended up giving a $650.00 credit toward a new stove! Now I'm not going to say there wasn't a little negotiating going on behind the scenes, and once again, I have to credit the listing agent on honoring his side of the bargain while dealing with some "unique" (aagh hemm) sellers. My buyer was incredibly patient, and this whole thing proves... once again... that when we all work together, even the toughest, strangest, silliest, most outlandish deals can still be closed, even when it seems like all hope is lost! Never give up.
Remember that my fellow agents as we role into 2011 :-) Happy New Year!