They Can't Ask For What They Can't See

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker 69190
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Selling a Home in Blythewood, SC  In this business every deal is unique and each one has it's own set of obstacles to overcome. Whether it's a low ball offer that requires you to convince a buyer to become more reasonable or a frustrated seller who is angry over frivolous requests from a repair addendum.

  Some of the worst offenders to derail an otherwise perfectly good offer can be upfront requests that come as part of the offer itself. It's not unusual for a buyer to ask a seller to leave window treatments or the like, but what if the request is a little more personal?

 

Selling a Home in Blythewood, SC Years ago a friend of mine told me about a time that he represented a buyer when he was new to the business. The buyer looked at every home in a particular community and finally settled in on a home that he liked. As the buyer walked through that home on his third viewing, he saw the seller's dog playing in the backyard and rolling in the leaves.

  Can you guess where this is headed yet? When the agent got ready to write up the offer, the buyer asked for the seller's dog to be included as part of the deal. Being new to the business and unable to convince the buyer to leave the dog out of it, the agent reluctantly wrote up the offer for what was at the time a very expensive home here and he did indeed need the commission. Being that this is a public forum, I will not repeat the reply of the listing agent or the buyer, but let's just say they were unhappy with the request. I am perfectly willing to write this off as a real estate urban legend and say it never happened, but I know the buyer's agent and he swears it occurred and so do a few other agents here that I would be willing to trust.

  I write this as a cautionary tale to warn that you simply never know what a buyer may ask for as of a transaction. Whether it's Grandma's china cabinet, a set of curtains, or even the family pet just trying to enjoy some time in the backyard. So that these situations can be avoided, I always recommend that sellers put items they do not want to part ways with out of sight and out of mind. Or better yet, get them out of the house altogether. Because if it's not there, no one can ask for it in the first place.

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Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Jeff  - Sometimes I think people just get carried away, but sometimes people just want to see what they can get away with too.

 

Dorte - Somewhere in the world I am sure that a kid has been asked for too.

 

Laura - That's actually a pretty difficult statement to argue with. Hard to say too.

 

Karen - Common sense is an all too rare quality these days, but yes, educating a buyer is very important.

 

Tim - I am unsure of exactly what the "counter" was on this deal, but it's my understanding that things didn't  work out.

Jan 31, 2018 10:34 AM #19
Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Jamie - I assume that did not go through either.

 

Sharon - If you can avoid items in a home being part of the negotiation process it's well worth it.

Jan 31, 2018 10:36 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I've heard of times when that would have been a blessing - when the sellers decided to put the dog to sleep rather than take it with them. I'm glad they weren't my clients - don't know if I could have held my tongue on that one.

Jan 31, 2018 11:14 AM #21
Rainmaker
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John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

In today's world, I am not really surprised by anything. However, I do ask my mother-in-law to house sit during showings.

Jan 31, 2018 11:20 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Now that is the most absurd thing I've heard in a while, and I've heard a LOT! The owners' DOG?? I have written offers (and gotten acceptance)  for a few chickens and a rooster to be included in a sale, but a dog is part of the family. The nerve! Oh well, at least we got a good chuckle and John Wiley is willing to do whatever it takes to make the sale! (See his comment above).

Jan 31, 2018 12:54 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Wow that buyer must feel very entitled to ask for a dog with the house!  Interesting story.

Jan 31, 2018 01:23 PM #24
Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Marte - I am sure there are times when sellers have to get rid of their dog for one reason or another. But as I understand it, this was not one of those times.

 

John - Surprises are a rarity for me as well. Good luck with the Mother in Law.

 

Pat - The chicken and rooster story sounds interesting as well.

Jan 31, 2018 01:23 PM #25
Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Mary - Not sure I could bring myself to ask.

Jan 31, 2018 01:25 PM #26
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Karen Rice Madison AL Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Madison - Madison, AL
256-348-1527 Call/Text

JL Boney, III  You give some excellent advice and a compelling reason to pay attention.  I don't know many people who'd give up a beloved family member to make the sale. 

Jan 31, 2018 02:35 PM #27
Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Karen - It's certainly a story that sticks with and gets a point across.

Jan 31, 2018 03:29 PM #28
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Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Great point! If the buyer doesn't know that it exists, then, for the purpose of the deal, it doesn't. Thank you for sharing.

Jan 31, 2018 07:39 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I agree that things should be removed that won't convey with the sale, but typically that is things like chandeliers, not dogs who are playing in the yard.

Feb 01, 2018 03:49 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Good morning, JL!

Wow!  I have had some unique transactions, but this tops them.  I always suggest to the Sellers to remove items from the house that they do not wish to part with.  Maybe I should suggest that this includes pets.

Brigita

Feb 01, 2018 05:35 AM #31
Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Corey - If the buyer never sees it they never worry about it.

 

Kat - You wouldn't think you would have to be afraid for the dog, but I guess sometimes they aren't safe either.

 

Brigita - I have had some interesting deals as well, but this would be new for me.

Feb 01, 2018 07:56 AM #32
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

JL- ditto to what everyone has said.  Like Sharon Tara I tell sellers that if they plan on taking certain items like chandeliers, and yes special furniture, they should remove them now. A dog?  Wow, that is different. 

Feb 01, 2018 04:34 PM #33
Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Katy - Get rid of what you can and hope they don't go for the pets.

Feb 02, 2018 10:16 AM #34
Rainer
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Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thank you for sharing this.

Feb 03, 2018 03:25 AM #35
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Roberta Gjeloshaj Aleksander Pervaza
FIRST COAST SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
We are Realtors serving NE Florida

We were the listing agents on a home we proffesionally staged and also under private and public remarks stated Home has been proffesionally staged. We receive an offer with all inside furniture. Called buyers agent and told them buyer can purchase furniture separate not through PASA because as noted home is staged, Furniture is personal property and detaached from property. Seller Declined offer :-) because buyer only wanted to buy whole.

Another one us listing agents on another property again...buyers agent does the final walk through the day of closing.
When they seen home last home had her personal furniture which seller sold ( moving out of state, no furnitue was invluded in any written agreement. Buyers agent comes to closing stating in front of the closing tanle.
** we cannot close because seller removed her electric detached fireplace**
Boy did she make herself look a complete dumb, everyone looked at each other and we said that’s sellers personal property and not stated in any agreement that a fireplace is included. This was not attached to the house. Many times you be suprised of some of the agents on the orher side.

Feb 04, 2018 04:54 AM #36
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Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Smart idea having sellers completely remove an items that buyers may confuse or ask for as part of the deal! 

Feb 04, 2018 07:03 PM #37
Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Roberta - the offer on the staged home should have never been written. Especially is it was in the listing info that it was staged.

 

Brenda - I sure think so.

Feb 05, 2018 10:10 AM #38
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