I was in the business about two weeks when someone I knew from another life inquired about a multi-family home. I was an investor myself and had two at the time but wasn't looking to sell. I had however approached a seller who owned a big one he was selling on his own the week before. So being in the nothing ventured, nothing gained school of rookies, I decided to try and see if I could put something together. I approached the sellers, an older couple who were not warm and welcoming with an open listing. They were reluctant but wanted to sell and so they signed it and I made an appointment.
The buyers were experienced multi-family owners and not easy either. Actually the only easy person in this transaction was me. I wrote an offer, we negotiated a bit and then the inspections. It was a cash sale and six days later we all were at the closing table. All was well until there was a dispute about a particular toilet paper holder in one of the units which was changed or different than the buyers remembered. At that point it got ugly. The sellers put their coats on and were leaving. The buyers weren't moving either so I threw $50.00 on the table and we closed. What a scene. It wasn't easy but it was six days from beginning to end.
I sold that property many times thereafter but I will never forget my first transaction and that toilet paper holder.