Didn't want to put a ring on it!
A buyer couple was looking to purchase a second home in the southern Utah area, I was excited to help. The wife was the point of contact due to her husband's hectic schedule. After discussing wants and needs, we all agreed to view some homes that fit their criteria the following weekend.
We walked through several properties, finding one that grabbed their attention and emotions. Upon asking them to sign a Buyer Broker Agreement, he refused, saying they wanted to keep their options open. In Utah, an offer is only submitted after establishing representation.
The offer was finally sent to them outlining terms and conditions. Instead of receiving the correct paperwork back, they accidentally sent a signed contract with another agent's name on it. I called, addressing the issue and she said, "Oops, sorry we cheated on you but we refuse to marry you."
They changed their minds on that particular home without giving me notice. Found out later that I was one of several agents they had strung on the line. Talk about blatant disrespect! Opting to play the field, they thought leading a group of people on to work for them produced better results.
After closing and recording, they completely gutted the townhome, giving it a fresh new look. Spending upwards of $40,000 on flooring, paint, appliances, fixtures, theirs was truly a happy ending. Until...their row of townhomes was condemned due to the building shifting - moving down the hill.
The building was torn down - with little warning. Lying and deceit is a slippery slope that comes back to the owner. Once a cheater, always a cheater -and the spoils sometimes really do go to the most deserving!
This is an entry to: December Challenge: Your Craziest Transaction by Carol Williams.