I Gave Up Quality Blog Time for Potato Time

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097

There have been a few posts about balancing professional and personal life in our business...I guess any business.  Yes, it can be done.  This morning  though, blogging is teetering between professional and personal. So, in the interest of kick starting the garden this year, the content of the post won't be of much use to buyers or sellers unless they are gardeners too.  Today, I didn't have time to really think out a clever real estate content ladened post.  I gave up quality blog time in order to cut the potatoes for planting on Friday!


Here's a bit of a tie in to real estate...if you are a seller with a bodacious garden planted in the ground and you are lucky enough to get it under contract but unlucky that the closing is scheduled before harvest, who owns the yield?  Keep in mind, I'm just talking about a significantly sized garden with many dollars invested.


The answer everyone hates...it depends!  Leave aside commercial farms, different topic for a different day.  Home gardens, unless you have planted all in containers that are removable will more than likely become the property of the new owner. UNLESS!!! Your listing agent knows how important that yield is to you.  Most of the folks in this area aren't just planting for fun.  They are trying to control the quality of food they and their family ingests.  Just like our own garden, that produce is destined to be frozen, dehydrated, canned as well as consumed fresh.  To those sellers, there's a lot more value in their garden harvest than the odd boxwood or peony on the property.


What do you do?  A terrible choice but a choice nonetheless is to not plant a garden at all.  If you are moving from the area, the best kharma would be to leave a "to do" list for the new owners and wish them well.  Perhaps, you can ask the listing agent to disclose in Agent Remarks that the contents of the garden will need to be discussed during contract negotiations!  Sure, why not?  There is a good chance that the next owner may be a gardener too!  Why not harvest together with the new owners and split the produce? Or put a dollar figure on the garden, just like you might with the fuel left in a propane tank?


Be prepared though that there is also the chance that the new owner will bulldoze down your beautiful garden and put in a swimming pool!  In that case, I'd try to negotiate for the harvest.  What's the worse that can happen, right?


There are options. Alway remember that a contract is simply a combination of terms that two parties agree to adhere to.


Wow...look at that!  Turns out I had time for a blog after all. LOL.  It's like that sometimes, right?  You sort of have a kernel (another gardening reference) of an idea for a blog or you just don't want to slack off on your commitment to post regularly and BAM...it happens!  A whole freaking blog done before the workday begins...here I go off to show, enter listings, sign a new listing and so on and so on. LOL.



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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We always plant a garden this time of year to obtain fresh vegetables

May 11, 2017 06:10 AM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Mona Gersky ,

I really had to laugh..you are right..all contracts are negotiable even the harvesting of a garden!! Have a great day..you should us all that blogging can be fun and informative and done before leaving for a busy day in real estate!

May 11, 2017 06:11 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mona. Congratulations on combining your love of gardening with your knowledge of real estate.

May 11, 2017 07:45 AM #3
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Mona - We have negotiated garden issues successfully many times over the years without much difficulty, usually when plants - or even trees - have sentimental value. Usually a reasonable replacement is involved. And there are some days in real estate when I'd much rather be planting potatoes : )

May 11, 2017 11:55 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mona- well you certainly made a wonderful mashed potatoes and gravy post out of just potatoes!  I would never have thought of who gets to reap the rewards of dirt time when you sell a home. 

May 13, 2017 10:43 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                      Thank you Mona Gersky 

May 13, 2017 05:27 PM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love your post, and it is interesting how when you are committed to writing, those post appear out of nowhere so it seems.  I love your title also.  I have not planted potatoes, never thought of it.  I did plant asparagus and grapes.  I am here thatks to Kathy Streib whose talent in picking great posts deserves a medal.  Happy Mother's Day, happy Sunday.  A

May 14, 2017 07:06 AM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mona

Thanks for an enjoyable read. I've not had the issue of negotiating a garden come up...yet. I don't think you gave up quality blog time at all!!


May 14, 2017 07:20 AM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing 

May 14, 2017 01:34 PM #9
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Clever indeed Mona

May 14, 2017 05:42 PM #10
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I haven't had this situation come up yet. This was an interesting read.

May 15, 2017 04:17 AM #11
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Love fresh from the garden.  My grandfather used to have one about 1/2 a lot in size next to the house.  I always used to go help dig or pick or turn when I would visit.

May 15, 2017 10:44 AM #12
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Like the way you brought this back to real estate and how the harvest is important to many gardeners and made a suggestion of how it canbe dealt with.


May 15, 2017 03:45 PM #13
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mona Gersky - this is very interesting topic. Just wondering the seller will have to let go if they have sudden plan to move....

May 15, 2017 09:54 PM #14
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

We didn't have an edible garden to negotiate over at the time of sale of our former home, Mona Gersky ... but we did have heirloom perennials included in our Contract.  The beloved flowers had originally come from my wife's grandfather's farm and her great-grandmother's property.  There was NO WAY she was leaving them behind.  

When the proper time came for transplanting, we went back and collected our heirloom plantings at our sold home.  You're absolutely right ... it can be done.  If there's a will, there's a way ...


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