When I started in real estate I had worked at other things and had experience as an investor as well. So.......I had none of the newbie jitters. After about three days I found a FSBO large two family home and had a buyer who I had known years before but ran into just days before. I convinced the sellers who wanted nothing to do with an agent, that they could give me an open listing without concern or peril and If I was able to put a deal together that pleased them they would be the better for it. They agreed.
I contacted the buyers and arranged a showing. It was clear early on that the principals were very different and would never have anything to do with one another were it not for me and this property. It was painful being together with the four of them, but my job was to make a deal happen and not make opposites attract.
It was a cash deal and we closed six days later. That said, those were some of the hardest six days I have ever experienced. Getting expedited title and survey was an issue but one of the attornies pulled a favor and made it happen. But the real difficulty was dealing with the principals. Each day another catastrophe that caused one or the other to wonder if they had acted too hastily.
At the closing table, after a walk through that took nearly two hours, the buyers qustioned what happened to the toilet paper holders attached to the bathroom walls. The sellers were quick to say they these were not included so they removed them. The buyers were livid, and the sellers put on their coats and said the deal was off.
I knew this had nothing to do with the toilet paper holders but in fact was a way the sellers could get out of the transaction and irritate the buyers. The buyers weren't having this and also stood to leave. I took a fifty dollar bill from my purse, placed it on the table for new toilet paper holders, and ............problem solved.