What is more shocking in this picture?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

There is two correct answers to the question of what is most shocking with this picture. The first would be we had a dusting of snow and it is suppose to be spring. The second is this is what we found during our final walk through before closing.


Picture Thursday morning, waking up and flakes as big as snow balls falling form the sky. Check the voice mail and nothing. Check the emails and very few. Not an exciting start to the day for sure. Happiness drowns out the depressing things as it was closing day for a sale put under contract before the Virus slowed our real estate world.


The listing agent knew we would be heading over at 10am. They were too busy to meet us so gave me the code. Busy doing what? Oh well it was better if less people were there for social distancing. We did not have to look hard after pulling in that the seller left lots of junk behind. Before even heading into the home i sent pictures to the listing agent. 


It should have been no surprise they had no clue what we were talking about. The inside of the house did not look much better. The buyer asked what we can do. They still want the home, they kind of need to close because they had the next 4 days off to renovate the home for a Monday move in. A tight schedule, but doable. The buyer looked to me to fix this. I went over options and the buyer agreed with a plan to ask for money from the seller to clean all this junk up. I called my maintenance man and got an estimate on the spot. We headed to closing.


The seller said they had no clue that they needed to clean this all up. Where did it say it. I pointed to the purchase and sales agreement that he signed. The listing agent still had not shown up. The seller said he actually had not seen him since he listed. The seller felt alone in his journey. I gave him the estimate and said he could write a check or sign an addendum to redo the ALTA aka HUD1 and give us a check. What if he did not want to pay us? Well there would be no closing. The seller whined he was already out. That we could not do that. Yes, we can as i pushed my chair back. The seller agreed to pay the buyer.


IN THE END, my buyer was very happy. The seller turned and apologized. We actually had a long talk with the seller (yes at a distance) after the closing. The seller was happy I was not mean and said he was in awe how i handled it. He needs to buy a new home and no way he wanted to go down the path he did with selling. He wanted someone like me to assist him.


THE BOTTOM LINE is to know how important it is that every Buyer or Seller should not just choose any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. Having an agent that works for you is a must. Support your local businesses. 


My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.


To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .


About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 34 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 






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Comments (18)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - shocking?  Well, I think there might have been some clues during the early parts of the transaction.  In my opinion, this didn't "just happen".  I'll leave it at that.

I am glad your clients will have the opportunity to create their own type of dream rather than continuing this nightmare.  

Mar 21, 2020 06:15 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, that seller's experience with his agent is another example of how the real estate industry gets a bad name. That seller's experience with you is how faith in the industry can be restored.

Mar 21, 2020 06:16 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Scott.

Well. that is sure one way to get a new client, congratulations.

Mar 21, 2020 06:21 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Scott... I've experienced some incredible snow storms after March 21st, so that wouldn't shock me at all, especially up in your neck of the woods. As for the rest... the less said the better!

Mar 21, 2020 06:37 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Scott Godzyk 

I would think common sense would dictate you clean up after yourself BUT in the seller's defense (kind of) the listing agent did not truly keep the seller on the straight and narrow. The silver lining in this? You now have a new buyer

Mar 21, 2020 07:39 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Scott Godzyk - I often say, "I could write a book...!"

Mar 21, 2020 08:26 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Yes, I'm with Michael Jacobs this kind of mess and attitude doesn't just happen at the end of a transaction. We also had Spring snow, it was kind of fun. D 

Mar 21, 2020 08:45 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I am always discouraged on final walk through days. It's like after telling your kids to clean their room and finding the mess stuffed into a closet...

Happy Saturday and be safe Scott Godzyk 

Mar 21, 2020 12:12 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott- you know what...I agree with Michael Jacobs Thank goodness, though, that your buyers had you to clean up the mess (so to speak)

Mar 21, 2020 02:19 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

"No clue" is not a valid excuse.

Mar 21, 2020 06:17 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That picture is a testament to why it is important to do a final walk thru just prior to closing.  I've had similar circumstance, and always requested that a certain amount of seller funds be held in escrow until the mess was cleaned up!

Mar 21, 2020 09:14 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Scott, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 21, 2020 09:15 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

You are right there Michael Jacobs. But in negotiations and with several offers the seller countered my buyer as they were putting 30% down.  in exchange for willing to pay more the seller would clean the place out and up which they only partially did. It was short minded of the seller to "forget".

Mar 22, 2020 05:48 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That was my thought too Kat Palmiotti. I have spoken to the seller many times since and his #1 thing was i did not get mad with him, that "i was level headed and came up with a solution that made them both happy. " The bottom line is it was business, not personal. The seller didnt know and needed to be reminded.  I never did hear from the other agent

Mar 22, 2020 05:51 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It sure is James Dray, but ill take it.  

Mar 22, 2020 05:52 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

4 to 6 inches coming Monday Nina Hollander. We had a whopper of 2 feet in April years back.  

Mar 22, 2020 05:53 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Scott Godzyk better you than me, Scott! :) And now you know why I chose to live in Charlotte!

Mar 22, 2020 05:54 AM
Scott Godzyk

Every time i fly into or out of Charlotte, i spot so many great new homes being built that i would love to check out one day. I was meant to be in a warmer climate. 

Mar 22, 2020 05:56 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It was a tough spot Doug Dawes, the seller knew better but really thought it was no big deal if they did not get it all finished. In the end we made it work

Mar 22, 2020 05:54 AM