11 Reasons Why Real Estate Is Not Easy
- Buyer's bank gave us a clear to close on a coop and the bank said, "oopsie" we didn't get the insurance certificate for the coop development although we requested it 16 days ago. Bank never followed up but I spent almost 7 hours getting the insurance certificate for the bank. How in the world do you give a clear to close with paperwork missing? I guess there is a first time for everything.
- Buyer's agent went incognito and I had to deal with her buyer from beginning to end along with my sellers including the walk-through and being at the closing. Her buyer is a close relative too. Maybe I should have demanded her commission check since I never received even a thank you.
- Spent one month dealing with a seller that accepted my buyer's offer twice only to pull the rug out from underneath them a third time. Then they wanted them back. Three strikes, you're out. My clients moved on.
- Met with a seller a few years ago who had a hoarding house. Turned down the listing only because they declined my helping them to declutter. Cannot do a proper home inspection with a cluttered home and I certainly can't place a home on the market that just will not sell even when it would have been priced right.
- 1-1/2 years to get a dilapidated short sale with Spank of America to close. I spent at least a few hundred hours on this so my client could get on with his life.
- Spent six months with a listing that didn't sell because the seller's attorney, who is a criminal law attorney, forbade my client not to entertain offers in order to drag out the divorce. I was threatened once with an ethics violation because the selling agent thought I didn't present her buyer's offer. Thank goodness I had proof in writing that I presented the offer to my seller. Didn't see that one coming.
- Took 5 months to close on a house because the buyer switched his mortgage product without telling anyone right before he got his mortgage commitment on the first one.
- A buyer who purchased one of my estate listings decided to at the last minute extort $1,500 for having to rent a dumpster to remove items from the house. It was in the contract that the buyer agreed to handle the removal of those items but my seller didn't want to put the house back on the market so she gave in.
- Another buyer who purchased one of my short sale listings did the same thing as #8 did. I figured out it was the attorney since it was the same attorney for both buyers. Not exactly an ethical one and I'm leaving it at that.
- A buyer who purchased one of my listings through his agent, decided at the contract signing he wanted a bunch of little things fixed like replacing light switch plates and power washing the front steps or else he won't sign. Right at that moment I received a full price offer from another buyer's agent. The first agent said his buyer was hoping my seller would be loyal. Really? Bye-bye buyer #1. That is what you get for thinking you had my seller by the kahonas.
- My seller endured a buyer who wanted a monetary credit for an almost new HVAC system and water heater all because an incompetent home inspector said it was nearing its end of life. I saw the new HVAC system being installed and we had the warranty on hand. I told her not to give in. She didn't and a few weeks later received a better offer and we closed seamlessly.
If real estate agents got together to write a book it would be Volume I to Infinity.
I spend about 50-60 hours per transaction to make sure it gets to the closing table for my clients. Anyone who thinks real estate is easy should think again. Lucky for my clients that I love my job or else they would be working with a crazy person.
Call Jackie today 631.703.0201 when you want to sell your Long Island NY home with an agent that keeps it together for you.
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