Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula, Excellent Sales and Property Management (House Match Inc)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I'm so desensitized to crazy these days. If I'm not the craziest person in the room, the Earth is turned on its axis.

However, back in the days when I did property management in CA, I had a tenant request new flooring. I asked, are there cracks in the tile?
No. Is there a problem with the sealing or grout? No. Why, then?

I don't like gray. It depresses me.

Well you're not exactly making me joyful right now either, idiot. LOLLLLL

Jan 29, 2018 09:23 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Rip out an entire 2-story wall & see if a pipe was leaking even though there was no evidence that it was. No water stains, no nothing. But the buyer 'swore' she heard water dripping behind the wall. YES in the sewer pipe.

We did not comply. We offered to pay for an eval at the local psyche ward.

Jan 29, 2018 09:15 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've seen people wanting a new roof because the 30 year roof was installed 28 years ago (and had no leaks).  I've seen people want a fence installed at the top of a hill (and not just a cheap chain-link one but a fancy one that they wanted the seller to fully pay for).  I've seen agents say "everything in the inspection report" (which was full of minor stuff like "the electrical covers outside are to last year's code, not this year's").


My seller's response has always been "Seller denies request" along with a contingency removal form and a notice to perform.  Don't sign, it goes back on the market.  The longest between going back on the market and reselling it has been 5 days.  Shortest was 1 hour.  Every time, price went up and prior buyers expressed regret later when they realized that the rest of the inventory was crap compared to my listing.

Jan 29, 2018 09:11 AM
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

Can't think of anything too crazy except maybe when we sold our river house, the buyers wanted our boat. 

Jan 29, 2018 08:56 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

test it while it's available to test.... the answer can always be NO..... I don't remember anything extreme....

Jan 29, 2018 08:45 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      The "Deal Killer" inspected my Seller's house.   No real problems, just several dozen nickel-dime items.   The Buyer came back with a request to repair every nail pop, missing door stop, snagged window screen, clean the backsplash behind the stove, etc.   My Seller rejected their request in its entirety.  

         They bought the house, no hard feelings, easy closing.

Jan 29, 2018 02:57 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I had buyers one time who nitpicked the crap out of their sellers.  Their silliest request was cutting down a live tree because it was so big it scared them that it might fall.  

Jan 29, 2018 02:14 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula One crazy request came from an underwriter. Loan approval was based on scraping, priming, caulking and painting a detached garage. It was for an FHA loan. The seller complied and it closed.

Jan 29, 2018 11:02 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The buyer needed to have the sticker installed on the garage door that showed the wind rating. 

Of course the installing company was long out of business.

That is one of those situations where being good to your vendors REALLY pays off.

Jan 29, 2018 09:35 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I always follow Nancy Reagans advice and Just Say NO.

Jan 29, 2018 09:35 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I can't think of anything out of the ordinary Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula 

Jan 29, 2018 08:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't make crazy requests and really can't remember getting anything untoward... sometimes buyers confuse real repair issues with cosmetic issues but it doesn't take long to "set them right."

Jan 29, 2018 08:50 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

no harm in trying ???

Jan 29, 2018 08:34 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Something very similar Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula!

On almost a new home, there were 55 requests to 'fix or replace'!

Jan 29, 2018 10:47 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Had a lot of nit picking stuff, but nothing really odd or major that was really needed.

Jan 29, 2018 08:01 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

A week before the closing the buyer requested of my seller $5000 to replace all the carpet in the house because they drove by and saw a dog in the yard. I told the agent that I could speak for my seller that we had a contract and the buyer was approved and if he backed out I had a list of real estate attorneys I would gladly furnish to them and testify in their behalf. The buyer closed.

Jan 29, 2018 07:37 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I just closed one, in which a larger nearly national investor/rental company, that requested a new roof, repaired thermopane window, siding on the shed, chain link fence (because it was rusty and they could never rent it like that) or a reduced price of $12,500+. Thing about it was, they had offered on the home sight unseen, so they did not see clearly evident items that could have been factored from a visual. My seller knew he needed a new roof, so he did it, did the siding on the shed because he was aware of that as well & the window was an easy fix. Drew the line at the fence because it still worked, and the worst part was not his fencing.

Jan 29, 2018 07:02 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I don't recall anything that was too out of line. Good question, though. I will have to check out the answers. I bet there are some good stories being shared. 

Jan 29, 2018 06:41 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

 A buyer asked for the cat claiming something about keeping mice down. The seller told them no. Really crazy but it closed 

Jan 29, 2018 03:04 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Sorry, can't remember any crazy requests for repairs, just crazy low ball offers.

Jan 29, 2018 01:04 PM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

I have had tenants ask me to replace burned out light bulbs. Really? Doesn't that stand to reason that the person living in the property would do that? 

Jan 29, 2018 12:56 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Buyer wanted the Cycle included and wanted it tune up.  weird


Jan 29, 2018 12:02 PM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

replace electrical box incompetent Inspector recommended.  There was a pre-list inspection AND a failed contract inspection  that had found no issues.  Seemed the Buyer convinced the derelict home inspector that the electrical box was not suffient to install a woodworking workshop the Buyer wanted to put in.

Jan 29, 2018 10:06 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I had a buyer request that everything on the inspection report on a 35 year old REO property be done. It's the longest repair addendum I have ever seen. There was no one thing that really stuck out so much as she was asking for everything. We could have built a new house by the time we were done.

Jan 29, 2018 09:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No crazy requests come to mind.

Jan 29, 2018 09:19 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Cannot think of anything too crazy right now.

Jan 31, 2018 07:30 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Remodel the bathroom to the buyer's specifications prior to closing with no additonal deposit from the buyer! Guess what the one word answer was? (hint, it is a 2 letter word)

Jan 30, 2018 04:23 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I would not call it crazy necessarily ... request for repairs is rare in my business.  The most recent one was about 5 years ago. The buyers asked for minor repairs that were noted in the seller's inspection report. I had intended on taking care of a few of them myself (paid by me) out of the goodness of my heart.  When the agent got nasty with me, that goodness left my heart and we did nothing. They closed. 

Jan 30, 2018 12:19 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

One wanted the sellers to add another bay to the garage.

Jan 30, 2018 05:54 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Not really crazy, but as you said too detailed in times, they just take a home inspection and list every item from there in their request, even light bulbs replacement.

Jan 30, 2018 12:12 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Rip out all of the 10-year old plumbing pipes in a luxury property and replace them - not a thing in the world wrong with ANY of them!

Rather than start all over with a new buyers, sellers had to have 3 reputable plumbers document that this was totally unnecessary before the buyers would accept their answer of NO, we are not replacing ANY pipes in the house! 


Jan 29, 2018 08:41 PM
Byron K . Jones
Coatesville, PA
List Today - Sold Tomorrow!

I Had Tenants ask for New Toilet Seat and new toilet paper roller, they have been there for 3 yrs

Jan 29, 2018 05:46 PM
Marlene Shelton Giles
RE/MAX 1st Olympic REALTORS,Lynchburg, Va. - Lynchburg, VA

To remove a carcus from the crawlspace..

Jan 29, 2018 05:21 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If it can be asked it can be an issue.  To many to really think about

Jan 29, 2018 05:09 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not so much repairs, they asked for all of my artwrok and about 80% of my furniture. On repairs a new agent asked for a $7000 allowance for new granite counters in the kitchen because of a tiny crack. We didn't do that.

Jan 29, 2018 02:55 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Nothing too crazy, just a request for a new a/c system when there was nothing wrong with the existing one (inspector couldn't find any problems with anything, home was truly "lovingly maintained").

Jan 29, 2018 02:09 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Nothing that crazy, but interested in what others have to say.

Jan 29, 2018 11:45 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Jan 29, 2018 09:52 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

At some point in my life, I just got things done crazy or not Its better that way

Jan 29, 2018 09:06 AM