Doing a Final Walk-Through with Buyers and Sellers

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Not everybody can do this! I believe that  this is a a valuable last step before recording, but not everyone can do this in a friendly manner. If the transaction has been strained then maybe it's not such a good idea, but at Fishhawk Lake, when representing both buyer and seller in most of my transactions, I get a sense of personalities and find that more often than not this is a great idea to pass on the baton, educate, and create a real life connection that may not have arisen before this point in the real estate sale. Many of my sellers have poured their hearts and souls into their properties and want to know that they'll be cared for equally as well. 


Making it an event and a time of socializing creates a party atmosphere and keeps things on a lighter note. Often, I will bring food, like homemade banana bread, libation and even utensils and napkins if the seller's all packed up. 


This is a time to share the innerworkings, the quirks of a property that the buyer wouldn't necessarily know from a home inspection or a simple sales agreement. Question and answer time is so important and gives that seller a chance to show off what they've done to the property or their knowledge about it's unusual attributes that I wouldn't necessarily know about or certainly the buyer isn't aware of. 


If you are there to monitor, ask questions that the buyer might not think of, or simply just fan the fire on the connection that's occurred.  It is well worth the time to make this happen. You might find that the buyers and sellers have more in common than you might have thought. 


For example, I found out on a recent walk-through that the seller and one of the buyers had the exact same car!! Same color, same model. We found that out when the seller started to open the door of the buyer's vehicle, thinking it was his own because it was almost exactly the same and the buyer had parked in the same spot the seller usually did. I loved that moment! So funny and ironic. And made an immediate connection between people who had just met. You can't manufacture this kind of behavior!! 


Comments (12)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wise advice Gayle.  What a great story about having the same car, color and model...have a great week.  A

Sep 05, 2017 07:03 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

When relationships are good this is not a bad idea to organize even when not representing both parties. May help avoid those calls later when something does not work as expected, but just needs a little help.

Sep 05, 2017 07:07 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Gayle. This is a lovely story and I think it would be helpful and fun too.

Sep 05, 2017 07:21 AM
Luke Acree
ReminderMedia - King of Prussia, PA
Making Agents Memorable

It the last walk through can be turned into a small party, then by all means, party on!

Sep 05, 2017 07:38 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Gayle -- let the party continue.  Congratulations to the buyers, the sellers and, of course, to you for helping it all come together.

Sep 05, 2017 09:20 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

It doesn't surprise mr that you would make it a fun event for both parties. Love the picture,

Sep 05, 2017 11:54 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Gayle - That doesn't happen often in our market, but we do encourage it when it seems like a good idea - and we did it with the buyer of our home, and it was both helpful to them and fun for us.

Sep 05, 2017 02:33 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love that buyers and sellers are both at the walkthrough to "pass the baton."

Sep 06, 2017 03:37 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Did you test the temperature of the water during the walkthrough?  That looks very inviting and I would be tempted to jump right in, haha.

Sep 06, 2017 09:12 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It doesn't happen around here too often either. Sadly. It's nice when you can make it happen. D 

Sep 06, 2017 09:37 AM
Susan McCall - - Compass Realty Solutions
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Listing and Buyer's Agent

How fortunate you are.  This is the way all new homes should be entered!  

Sep 13, 2017 08:43 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

In a perfect world it would be nice if it turned out that way every time. Your attitude is a prelude to good results, Gayle.

Sep 19, 2017 07:48 PM