Why a Seller Doesn't Need to Vacate for a Final Walkthrough

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Unless an agent gives me a reason to check out the agent, I generally don't run MLS searches on other agents nor check on license status. I typically don't care about the experience level of the other agent. The only time I'm likely to do it is when I encounter an agent who is so danged sure that he is absolutely right when he is absolutely wrong. Because I'm probably looking for a reason, an excuse for the pig-headedness.

I suppose it could be mental illness as well, but generally those kinds of things are due to lack of knowledge, and a lack of knowledge is typically generated by lack of experience. At least it explains why an agent would make such a goofy mistake. You can read more in my personal blog today about whether a Sacramento seller needs to vacate for a final walkthrough and, more important: When Does a Home Buyer Get Possession?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Hi Elizabeth, you may be right about the experience of some agents. Especially when they show their ignorance. They you might want to check them out.

Jan 31, 2015 09:11 AM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

We all were new at some point and that is why it is important for new agents to have mentors for them - It is not just for the sake of the agent but as you said in your other blog - it is important for the buyers' sake too

Jan 31, 2015 09:55 AM #2
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

No they do not have to leave for home inspections, appraisals, or walk throughs.  It is just best to do so.

Jan 31, 2015 10:05 AM #3
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Elizabeth - You are so right that lack of knowledge generally comes from lack of experience.

Jan 31, 2015 10:11 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The seller doesn't have to vacate the premises until the contract says they do. While it may be advantageous that the house be vacant for the final walk-through, it doesn't always work that way!

Jan 31, 2015 11:07 AM #5
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - Hopefully you weren't too hard on the newbee and were able to explain how the process works in real life. We all have learned Real Estate by jumping off the deep end.

Jan 31, 2015 12:08 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Interesting possession clause in your contracts.  Here after the closing docs and HUD is signed the home becomes the property of the buyer.  Anything left in the home becomes the property of the buyer unless agreed upon.  This is regardless of the time of closing

Jan 31, 2015 07:19 PM #7
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

It does seem kind of wild that an escrow can close and the seller can still retain possession until later in the day, but that's how it works in Sacramento.

Troy Erickson I always try to be extra kind to new agents when they tell me they are new and ask for help. But some of them hide the fact because they are ashamed, and there is nothing to be ashamed about. We all were "new" at one point in our lives and had to ask for help. It's the ones who don't ask for help that seem to have more problems.

Feb 01, 2015 02:59 AM #8
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