Sellers: Don't Forget to Change Your Address!

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

Sellers:  Don't Forget to Change Your Address!


A cautionary tale from the other side:


Just this week, one of my sellers that closed on their former home with me just after Christmas texted me.  He had accidentally ordered a tool from Amazon and forgot to change the mailing address.  When you live in the same place for a long time you go into auto-pilot with such things.  It wasnt until Amazon told him that it was delivered and he didn't have it that he realized the mistake.  Fast forward to yesterday and the wife did the same thing, except it was through e-Bay.  Oops.  The new owner received two packages in the mail for the former owner in the past two weeks.


frustrated woman at a computer


I contacted the buyers' agent who then contacted the new owner and I went to pick up their deliveries today.  I went to the post office and now both of the items are on their way to Texas.  This story had a happy ending.  This is not always the case.   If a package is returned to sender, it can take a long time to make it back to the original sender and then there will be additional cost to send it again.


I will be adding this to my seller and buyer checklists now to hopefully prevent this from happening again to one of my clients.  And if as a new owner you receive a package that doesn't belong to you, reach out to your agent.  They will be able to put you in touch with the former sellers to get their packages to them.  I had a buyer that received Christmas cards for the former owner and they called me to find out how to make sure they reached the right place.  


Keep smiling!







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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

4850 Armar Drive SE Ste B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403


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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information....thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Jan 24, 2018 08:01 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Karen. This is a good reminder for all homeowners. Great job.

Jan 24, 2018 09:28 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

That is part of my list of things to do by sellers and I have one for buyers also

Jan 24, 2018 02:17 PM #3
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Hi Karen, thanks for sharing.  It's one of the small details which should be on a best practices for home sellers checklist.

Jan 24, 2018 02:46 PM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm okay if I move, now if I wasn't at my office... different story. I have everything delievered there.  But this is great advice.  My daughter has been in her house for 22 months and still gets stuff for the previous owners.

Jan 26, 2018 09:13 PM #5
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