Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate  (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

The possibilities are likely endless(definitely countless).  I am trying to think back and remember some of the reasons I have known(and heard).  Yes, there are many. . .  

Oct 04, 2021 09:03 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

I have one right now, the listing agreement has been signed but they tested positive for COVID so we will wait. Most delays are due to emergencies in the family.

Oct 04, 2021 08:37 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Oh the twists and turns of the Real Estate game!

There are any number of reasons sellers and/or buyers put things on hold.

Oct 04, 2021 09:26 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Unavoidable emergencies prevent forward motion. Al least you have the signed listing agreement Kathleen!

Oct 04, 2021 09:51 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

WHy did they text you then?  If you have a valid listing, you should be safe from them backing out without some recourse.  I can see a situation where it would take some extra time to get the house ready to show.  I've had illness and family matters emerge which postpones listing.  

Oct 04, 2021 09:08 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

My experience has been either a medical emergency/death in the family or something with the house.  It's also likely that not being able to find a replacement property could be an issue as well.

Oct 04, 2021 08:51 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Life changing events happen without notice, in the lives of our clients, our staff, and ourselves.  Hopefully all recover and get back on track quickly.

Oct 04, 2021 10:45 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

How considerate of your clients to let you know rather than be kept worrying or wondering.  I appreciate clients who think to keep me in the loop.   I too have experienced delays due to medical emergencies.   A recent delay I've had was different for me:  the Buyer had an unexpected delay in a large insurance pay out!  Lawyers :(

Oct 04, 2021 10:40 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Vaccine Mandate - did not get shot, no intention of being shot, about to lose job.
2. The ever popular....""where am I going to go?"
3. Economic turbulance on the horizon. Coal exports from AU to CN halted.
4. iBuyer just presented an very conveinent option.
5. Divorce
6. TRUST. In this world of conspiracy, they may have read the INMAN article about the collaspe of the real eestate industry and their REALTOR kept it a secret.
7. the always popular 'cold feet. I saved this for #7 so I could make the suggestion of reveiwing THEIR 5, 6 and 7.
8. lose of society
9. Underestimated true cost of leaving
10. They are under a "Don't Leave Town' order.

Oct 04, 2021 09:57 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Maybe it's a relative? I don't think people would lie about such an emergency. Best to wish them well and be patient.

Oct 04, 2021 02:15 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Most of the time it took longer than they expected or services did show up or finish on time. 

My weirdest one was the coroner's van in the driveway. The cop came over to me & said 'better call in a few days'. Yikes.

Oct 04, 2021 01:29 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We have had clients put the listing on hold because the house wasn't ready, there was illness, the tenants were pushing back on allowing showings, death of a principal or family member, family emergency. We have rarely had anyone cancel a listing - just delayed the activation in MLS.

Oct 04, 2021 01:11 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Death is one that happened to us.  A

Oct 04, 2021 12:58 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

medical, deaths, and even a few times a "house" emergency.... septic backed up, water heater leaked in the house ... that kind of thing.  Sellers have always informed me.  I have often been surprised at the presence of mind to remember to notify me in the event of a family death or serious illness.  I am not sure I'd remember to make that call in a timely manner. Most recently it was a lady who called to tell me her son had died unexpectedly.  I am really certain I would not be remembering to cancel appointments/take my house off the market if my child died.

Oct 04, 2021 12:29 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Waiting but the prices to come down


Oct 04, 2021 09:33 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

If their financial circumstances change for some reason like loss of job, unexpected medical bills or, as happened to me recently, a settlement didn't come in as early as they thought (a PG&E payout from fire loss in northern California).  Sometimes it's just loss of nerve to make, what they think, is that final decision towards change.  I never take these things personally--until proven wrong.

Oct 04, 2021 09:32 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Illness, emergencies, death...


Other, happier reasons - the new appliances are on back-order, the contractor isn't quite finished up with the renovation and the landscaper didn't complete his work. 


I express how important first impressions are to sellers so, when these things come up, I don't complain at all! I love that they are trying to get things 'picture perfect' for their buyers. 


I also tell them that I appreciate having an extra week (or however long) to get more pre-marketing done! 

Oct 04, 2021 07:56 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

In one case, I had a client whose husband was killed in a car accident two days after we signed the agreement. Naturally, we delayed listing until after funeral, etc.

I've had clients who had a medical emergency that also put them out of action temporarily.

I'vd had clients who had a change in employment that also put plans on hold.

Oct 04, 2021 01:26 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The potential reasons for delay are many as shown by Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041.

It is fortunate you were notified of the emergency and that you will able to work to a mutually beneficial outcome.

Oct 04, 2021 11:14 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

At a point in time where villas in a particular country club community took over a year to sell, I recommended a one year listing. The owner's daughter (her Uncle Louie) said 30 days was all she should agree to. I passed and later listed and sold another similar unit. Her unit was on the market with several agents.

Uncle Louie screwed up not knowing the market.

Oct 05, 2021 04:15 AM