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The seller spent 4 hrs w/ the buyer sharing the ins & outs of the home

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Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

I met a really sweet couple today.  They just closed on a new home in Chappaqua, my home town (they are moving from The City).  The new house is literally 2 minutes from my parent's house, so I was happy to tell them what a wonderful choice they made and how great the schools are (and their kids will be going to the best elementary school..IMO).  I told them about the pool clubs and the best pizza restaurant (and the one to avoid).

 

refinish hardwood floors in chappaquaThey are doing some renovations  - painting and floors, and I'm hoping that we get to refinish the hardwood floors.  As it turns out, I also know their real estate agent (and I met her thanks to Active Rain).  I will give her a call on Monday.

 

Anyway, they told me how my advice was very helpful and that believe it or not, the seller invited them over to walk them through the ins and outs of house. The seller EXPLAINED EVERYTHING to them.  It took 4 hrs and they were so ready to leave.  They explained how to open the windows, where the extra wall paper was (they said, "as if they would ever have a use for that?  NOT").

 

I was astonished.  But, then I was more astonished as I asked when this had happened (since they just closed).  They said "2 days before the closing."  I gasped.  My automatic response was "I guess they're not too smart...they could have blown the whole deal."  They laughed and said, "yes, I guess it was pretty stupid."  In this case, it ended up being harmless, and just annoying and something for the new homeowner to laugh about.  I'm going to see if I can find out who the listing agent was to warn that person.  This may seem like common sense to most of you, but seriously, you may want to make sure your sellers don't do this, as it could cost some a deal (or some money).

Comments(4)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie you are right.  More bad than good can come out of Sellers talking directly to Buyers.  I am sure they were proud of their house, but they would have been well advised to have left it up the their Realtor to tell the Buyers all about the house.

Apr 13, 2013 09:31 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

George - Yes, I think that would have been smarter.

Apr 13, 2013 09:35 AM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Debbie.. This is the first for me.  WOW!!! The sellers took a great risk with that.  Maybe some where down the pike, the new homeowners will think back and say *thank you*.  Why?  Maybe they will remember something that they would have had to call an electrician or plumber about, but now can fix it themselves.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 13, 2013 11:03 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Valerie - Yes, I do think it was a big risk. Yes, I think the buyers learned a lot...they just wish it only took 1.5 hrs.

Apr 13, 2013 11:06 AM