Some buyers think they own the house long before closing...

Real Estate Agent with Raving Real Estate

I've learned an interesting lesson the last few weeks.

It's foolish to assume that you can control either side of the transaction, no matter what is at stake.  I imagine there are a lot of "well duh"'s out there after reading that sentence.  But I hope I'm not the only one that had to learn this the hard way.

Also... it seems some buyers think it's okay to simply look up the seller's number and start calling him/her directly, I mean, a lowly agent like myself cannot be trusted, it's best to go around me lol.

Some buyers think it's okay to just send people to check out the house the sellers still own and live in.... with no notice to the agent or the seller in any fashion.  You're doing dishes enjoying yourself one minute, and the next, someone's stomping around on your roof... ok...

Some buyers think it's okay to just come on over to the sellers house that they live in and own and go ahead and mow the lawn without permission or regard for general manners and basic respect or that little thing called "trespassing".

The list is quite endless actually, and some buyers apparently do ALL of these things.

What happened to common courtesy, a simple phone call to the agent, basic "requests", permission, etc.?


Some folks remind me that some things just don't have a price on them, the simple answer is "no". 

Even though showing the proper respect generally gets a quick "yes".


I guess some folks are above the rules and I cannot control that.



Comments (5)

Anne Hensel
South Beaches Real Estate Professionals - Saint Petersburg, FL
Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island

I hear you !

a few years ago, my buyer took off a whole day from work because it was the day of closing. Closing was scheduled for 5 pm and the buyer wanted to do the walk thru early in the morning, I could not accompany him because his mortgage was falling apart and it looked like we were not going to close.

Long story short my assistant drove by the house late afternoon (by accident) and was surprised to see all the appliances and furniture and cabints and doors  and and and on the street.

The buyer had started to remodeled the home. . . . . . .

Jul 22, 2008 03:11 PM
Ralph Nudi
Success Realtors brokered by eXp Realty - Kenosha, WI
"YOUR success IS our success"

Glad to be the first to comment on this one. It's all too often that buyers feel they own a house before closing.  You wouldn't take all the tags off of a new outfit and wear it aroundthe store as you continue shopping... would you?

Jul 22, 2008 03:13 PM
Brendan Murphy
Raving Real Estate - Laramie, WY
Broker, CRS, GRI, ASP, e-Pro

wow Anne,


Then I guess I don't have it so bad lol.

Jul 22, 2008 03:15 PM
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management

If I was selling my house and someone started mowing my lawn I think I would faint.  No one has ever offered to mow my lawn for free!

Jul 22, 2008 03:35 PM
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

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                                                                 Thanks, Terry

Nov 15, 2008 05:13 AM