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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We sure did, with our home in Los Angeles.  We had an offer on a real architectural  beauty with unbelievable views on a mountain.  Then we saw an ad in the Saturday paper, for a home that was for less money in a fabulous neighborhood, more land, etc.  It was a ranch that needed updating.  We loved it, and bought it.  Since, we were representing ourselves, we were not really surprised at our about face.  We signed all the papers that day, and had it in escrow a few days later.  A

Mar 26, 2015 03:42 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

People evolve through the process.

Jan 10, 2020 10:51 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I had a multi-level townhouse listing that was purchased by a middle aged couple.  The real surprise was that the wife's 87 year old Mom was going to be living with them.  People half the Mom's age rejected the property due to the stairs.

Their agent said they'd been looking for a single story.  When they walked into my open house, the agent said "O M G!!  This place is five stories tall!!"

Mar 26, 2015 04:06 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

The first house I ever sold, the buyers said they absolutely did not want a pool.  No way, no how.  They had three little kids and a pool was out of the question.

They bought the property with the pool.  We met there so I could hand over the keys.  Their youngest child raced past all of us and went face down into the pool.

Mom jumped in to save him.  I headed to the closest store to get dry clothes for Mom and son.  Mom apologized for not having worn her pretty underwear that day.

Mar 26, 2015 03:59 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

The famous saying is "Buyers are Liars!"  meaning they end up usually offering on a home that doesn't match their criteria.

Mar 26, 2015 02:24 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

I have sold 2 homes that were everything they said they did not want.

Mar 26, 2015 12:27 PM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Yes,  She wanted a one story, 3 bedroom with a small lot.  Bought a 5/3.5/3 on a huge lot with a pool.


Mar 26, 2015 11:22 AM
Horace R. Barrow
Westhampton Beach, NY
"My clients are my BIGGEST deals!!"

INDEED!!  Shocking????  Not!!  LOL!

Mar 26, 2015 10:54 AM
David Alan Baker | Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

Had a buyer that sold, wanted out of the area, then bought in the area.  Then resold and wanted his old home back.

Mar 26, 2015 10:40 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, and totally in a different area and at 50% higher price.

Mar 26, 2015 10:15 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, quite often.  

And the worst is when they buy the completely different home from a competing agent.

Mar 26, 2015 06:42 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

That has happened to me quite a bit. 

Mar 26, 2015 06:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sheila and Larry -- house hunting evolves and I love to see it in progress although at times the seach may seem a little manic.  As long as the buyers continue to communicate and are loyal --it's all good.  After all, it's their decision and their money.  

Mar 26, 2015 04:28 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

All the time; it seems that they think they know what they want but they don't until they see it up close and personal..

Mar 26, 2015 03:35 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

I am mostly a buyer agent, and this happens all the time.  I tell buyers if I had to sum up the entire buying process in one word:  COMPROMISE.  It is universal, all buyers have to make some sort of compromise(s), in every price range.   For first time home buyers, it usually starts with price, they have no idea what is really available in their price range, if they are able to up it, after we view enough houses they dont like, they increase it.  But yes, it has been my experience many do find a house completely different than the "dream home" they had in their minds.   That being said, I have noticed in the last couple of years, buyers who contact me that have already done a lot of research and tell me, we want to view these 3 homes, and buy one of them.  In the next month I will close on two where buyers did just that, took each set out one day, made offer, and are closing.   Great question!

Mar 26, 2015 03:33 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

80% of the time.

It starts with "Looking for a 3/3/2 pool home for $170,000 or less."
One day of that and they are looking for a 3/2/2 maintenance free townhome, in an all ages community for $350,000.

I understand they are testing me to see to which master I am obligated, the check or the buyer? So we visit a lot of pigs before they show their cards.


Mar 26, 2015 03:08 AM