Rachel Greene, Student here! Looking to learn as much as I can (Agent Professor Real Estate School)

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Denise Copeland
Home Sales Palm Beach - Jupiter, FL
Jupiter Abacoa Sales & Beach Front Luxury Homes

I had a horrid little $42,000 short sale. The elderly seller was nervous about her future and so I spent a great deal of time reassuring her that her transition would be for the better... and I mean A LOT OF TIME. So much so that it was a real money loser for me. During the walk-through (and thankfully I was on both sides of the deal) the buyer noticed that the non working stove was replaced with another non working stove. She pulled the listing photos up on her phone and she was absolutely correct with her observation. I called the seller and asked if she would return the original non working stove and she verbally ripped my head off. Through a great deal of negotiating, I asked the buyer if she was really going to be happy with another non working appliance or if she was intending to replace the stove with a new one. FUN FUN FUN...

Feb 22, 2018 01:52 PM
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I could write a book...

Missing appliances, ruined carpet, leaking pipes, A/C not working, dishwasher frozen, half the house electric not working, missing light fixtures, swapped ceiling fans, mirrors taken bathroom, security system removed from walls and ceilings and even pavers removed...

...and you better believe that we did not let them get by with it!

Eve

Feb 22, 2018 01:13 PM
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Like Mike & Eve Alexander, there are so many it can be mind boggling. The one that stands out the most was a sprinkler system that had busted in a vacant house at least a week before closing. Water in the finished basement was standing knee high, hot water heater and furnace were, of course, flooded, water had wicked up the dryway about shoulder high, carpet and everything else was ruined. We called the Seller's agent who met us there, and he insisted they could fix it (in the next few hours??) without any problem because, he said, "I know a guy with a Shop Vac who can have this water out of here before closing." He refused to acknowledge the periferal damage and my buyers ended up getting their earnest money back and purchasing a different home. It's never over 'til it's over.

Feb 22, 2018 02:08 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Oh yes, thanks for giving me a good idea about a blog post.

Feb 22, 2018 12:24 PM
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner had one where the whole backyard disappeared (sinkhole I believe).

Feb 22, 2018 08:44 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Builder swapped out the model home appliances for cheaper units.

  Missing chandelier.

   Busted front door frame (movers on their way out with the seller's heavy furniture).

   Best of all:   Buyer asks, "Is it too late to change my mind?"

Feb 22, 2018 04:58 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Sure, the one that comes to mind is the several rooms worth of furniture left out on the back lawn. At the closing of my own home I was asked to remove the firewood. We had 2 fireplaces & the wood was seasoned oak- I didn't ask; just packed up my truck & took it away. 

Feb 22, 2018 02:39 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Oh yes, how long do you have? After 14 years in real estate, nothing surprises me.

Feb 22, 2018 02:13 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Missing fixtures and disappointing but not an interesting story.

Feb 22, 2018 01:06 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

After 25 years, I will say I don't have many stories. If you do your work upfront with the cooperating broker, final walk-throughs are quite uneventful.

Feb 23, 2018 05:05 AM
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Rachel, I suggest the buyers do a preliminary walk through about a week or two before closing to confirm repair requests and note any potential problems observed at time of offer( debris in shed, tires out back, etc) to make sure seller is going to remove as per contract.

I always suggest the buyer do a FINAL walkthrough on the way to the closing to make sure the AC unit hasn't been stolen or a water pipe burst.

The biggest disaster was a burst water pipe on an old farmhouse and it had about eight inches of water in the cellar/basement as the buyer's dad and I walked through 90 minutes before closing.  (we were there two days before and holding our breath)

 

 

Feb 22, 2018 02:48 PM
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Oh, not mine but on a friends the washer hose broke about a week before closing, nobody in house, found out the day of ... oh my what a mess.

Feb 22, 2018 02:41 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

After the buyer complained about one more small item or two, my seller says "thats it" I am not doing another thing I dont care what happens. I paid for it

Feb 22, 2018 01:44 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The Buyer wanted a door hung between the mud room and the kitchen. We worded it in the contract accordingly. The final walk through revealed exactly that. No hardware other than the hinges and the door were installed. Yours truly finished the "handiwork" while closing was taking place. Lesson learned! 

Feb 22, 2018 01:21 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

not really interesting.....just more stressfulness!!! everything was resolved....

Feb 22, 2018 01:13 PM
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Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

Yes! We got to the walk-thru and the seller hadn’t moved anything out of the house! He announces that he needs the money from the closing to move. He’s broke! You gave me an idea about a great blog post.... stay tuned and I’ll wtite about the rest of the story! 

Feb 22, 2018 01:12 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Nothing that really stands out other than trash that was supposed to be gone was still there. In one house there was a freezer full of meat!! And every now and then someone leaves some clothing on a shelf or some dishes in a cabinet.

Feb 22, 2018 12:15 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Many! One that stands out is the seller removed the pool equipment and denied it was there. Should have seen the look on his face when we showed him the video. The buyer loved his brand new pool equipment. 

Feb 23, 2018 05:53 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Once a stand up piano was removed revealed a big hole in the wall.

Feb 23, 2018 05:03 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Rachel Greene - there are so many. What matters is - it closes smoothly at the end of it.

Feb 22, 2018 09:57 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

None comes to mind.

Feb 22, 2018 07:08 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Many. I showed up for the walk through and the buyers had moved in two days before (still don't know how they got a key) and had unpacked, had pictures on the walls and were watching television. I was speechless.

Feb 22, 2018 05:38 PM
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PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent)
PropertyMinder, Inc. - San Jose, CA
Modern Tools for the Modern Agent

Fantastic question, Rachel Greene. I can already see the countless stories coming out of the woodwork! - Tim

Feb 22, 2018 04:02 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Rachel,

Sorry, but no. A

Feb 22, 2018 03:11 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

All good anwers are here. Good luck.

Oct 13, 2018 07:27 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Great answers are here. 

Oct 13, 2018 07:23 PM
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Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

Daughter of seller did not want to move.  Took our buyers through walkthrough and daughter took a knife and carved naughty word into kitchen laminate counter tops.  Buyers was like, yes, new countertops. Daughter got in big trouble.

Feb 28, 2018 11:40 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have seen appliances missing, but nothing that exciting.

Feb 25, 2018 07:22 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

One time, we did a walk thru and they rid part the walk paper off walls and put dirty diapers in every room.

 

Feb 23, 2018 02:34 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Rachel Greene I once had a listing where I represented the seller. During the walk-through the buyer kept asking her agent several questions about the property. He was basically clueless. At the closing she kept badgering my seller's about items in the walk-through. I stepped in and defended my client's. After the closing he told me she wished I was her agent. My client's also appreciated I kept them out of an argumentative situation.

Feb 23, 2018 09:53 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Nothing interesting here.  Most are pretty boring, which is exactly how I like them!

Feb 23, 2018 09:23 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Yes.

Feb 23, 2018 08:19 AM
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Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

Once a seller agreed to sell some personal items to the buyer after closing and they agreed the seller could leave things in the garage to pick up later along with the funds for the personal items left.   Nothing in writing.

The seller was mad because he lost the house in a short sale so at walk thru, we noticed all ceiling fans/lights/blinds and bushes where removed.  

Seller would not return them but did replace the fans and blinds with new ones that needed installed.  

Buyer wanted to know if he should pay seller for the personal items and let him take his stuff as verbally agreed.  

Oops.

Feb 23, 2018 06:52 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

yes

Feb 23, 2018 06:33 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

None that I want to share.

Feb 23, 2018 06:01 AM
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

A few years ago, my first-time buyers and I did a final walk through just before closing. The new washer and dryer that were suppose to transfer with the house were gone. We went to closing and said that unless the buyer provides funds for a new washer and dryer, buyers were not going to close.  The seller was out of town. She was called and after checking with a local store and getting a price for the appliances, seller paid for a new washer and dryer.

What happened to the ones in the house? the renters living in the house bought a new washer and dryer, and had the old ones removed. They were suppose to have left the old ones and put them back in place when they moved out. Since the listing agent didn't know anything about it...the seller paid for new ones. Ended well.

 

Feb 23, 2018 05:41 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Roy Kelley nailed this one!

Feb 23, 2018 05:06 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sometimes things are missing, but nothing that has stopped a sale.

Feb 22, 2018 07:58 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Interesting probably not, frustrating ~ sometimes.

Feb 22, 2018 04:31 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have seen sellers take mail boxes and shrubs just o same a ew

Feb 22, 2018 04:13 PM