I have a closing tomorrow afternoon for a listing of mine. I received an email today from the buyers agent who did a final walk through this afternoon. It said, "I went ahead and let the buyers have the keys. I thought that would be ok since they are closing before Stephanie tomorrow and it will make things easier. Call me if there's a problem. Thanks!"
Call me if there's a problem?! Um...yeah, there's a problem! You gave house keys to someone other than the home owner without the owners permission?! Instead of calling him, I sent him an email so I would have everything in writing. It went something like, "NEVER give your clients keys early out of convenience without the home owner's permission!" I was in totally shock. I have a feeling he's a new agent, but as they say, not knowing the law isn't an excuse for breaking it! Every class I have ever taken in AZ or TX is very clear that you do not give keys to the buyer until closing and funding. If he's fresh out of school this should especially be engraved in his mind.
As politely as I could, I asked him to get the keys and hold on to them until he receives the call from the title company tomorrow telling him it's funded and it's officially his clients home. What are the chances he actually calls his client and gets the keys? If my client found this out, she would be furious. We don't know his client and though unlikely, they could break something tonight and ask that my client have it replaced.
This agent must have had a screw loose today. I just want to make sure he never has that screw loose again!