The property never made it on the market. Word got out, and a couple of buyers saw it, we had two offers... and chose one. Woo (and also) hoo! A good offer, we accept.
Inspection was done, with a good inspector... (thorough, but not known to panic buyers)... all is well with the world.
Until it isn't. Buyer pulls out, cold feet. We approach 2nd buyer. 2nd buyer has purhased something else, in the interim.
And here we stand, holding our ... ahem... empty contracts in our hands.
Back to the drawing board, eh? Lookout market, here we come.