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.
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