Looks Like We are Buying a Refrigerator

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with The Lafferty Group Real Estate & Consulting

We have a Short Sale closing tomorrow and we find out a couple of days ago that the the refrigerator doesn't stay.  It's in the contract as included in the sale and our buyer wants it, but the seller won't include it. 

Both parties are ready to walk over an old refrigerator!  We could all litigate and mitigate this thing to death, but why.  We need to get deals done.

3%-$500 is better that 3% of $0

Looks like we are buying a refrigerator.

Comments (10)

Lynn Kenton
Troop Real Estate Ventura - Ventura, CA
Ventura Real Estate

Don't you hate when that happens? But you're right, it's better put out a few $$$'s than spend more money proving you're right. AND you get to look like the hero!

Apr 02, 2009 04:56 AM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

We always write in the specific appliances in the contract --- but of course if someone does not honor the contract terms then as you say , you might be buying a refrigerator.

Apr 02, 2009 04:59 AM
Connie Lou Barnett
Real Living/Home Realty - Owensboro, KY
GRI,CRS,CRB,SRMM,ARA,PRS,SFR,QSC

It sure doesn't make you feel any better but just get it closed and move on.  I just had a closing and the seller was from Georgia and he refused to pay for the deed & deed transfer, said they did not do that in Georgia and he was not doing it in Kentucky. Oh well, there goes $285.

Apr 02, 2009 05:02 AM
Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

Not much you can do other than never work with that seller again.

Apr 02, 2009 05:06 AM
Savanna Yates
United Title Agencies 1, Inc. - West Palm Beach, FL

Seems like if it's not one thing it's another! Hopefully your business card will be the first magnet they place on there shinny new refrigerator and think of you when they sell there property one day. Or you have a new slogan "Free Refrigerator when you buy a house from me" :P

Apr 02, 2009 05:07 AM
Jeff Payne
The Payne Group at Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Panama City Real Estate

It is amazing to me when a seller is getting BAILED out of a bad situation and they fight over a refrigerator.

Apr 02, 2009 05:09 AM
Darren Revell
Keller Williams Realty Temecula Valley - Temecula, CA

Buy the fridge, but get two referrals to cover it from the Buyer...

Apr 02, 2009 05:17 AM
Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
Associate Broker, ABR,CNE,CRS,ePro,PSA,RENE,SRS

I had a similar situation.

The listing Realtor put the appliances in the listing marketing...the seller wanted to keep them and I had to help pick up the tab on a new fridge!

Apr 02, 2009 05:18 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

You are right-I've been in that situation before anything within reason to make a happy buyer. This could bring you a nice referral.

Apr 02, 2009 05:21 AM
Gretchin McMunn
ZipRealty, Inc 410-258-4729 - Westminster, MD
Licensed in MD & PA

I know it doesn't feel any better on your wallet, but from a business perspective, it was the only thing to do. Maybe you could have been RIGHT and let the deal fall apart but my pride is much happier when there is a commission check in the mail than when I'm lonely on a soap box! Good choice...

Apr 02, 2009 06:02 AM