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).
They 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).
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