Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The deal is done. Period, end of story.

May 06, 2019 06:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

The buyers' intent is none of your concern, nor should it be of the sellers. Let sleeping dogs lie.

I've sold property before that I worked SO hard making the landscaping just beautiful and had the buyers tear it out after they move in. While it hurts to see the change, it's their property to do what they want with it.


May 06, 2019 05:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It sounds as though the buyer would have said whatever he needed to say in order to purchase that particular property. I'm sure the seller will be disappointed when they find out, and I'm thinking they'll find out some day from a friend, neighbor, or from reading something online. I wouldn't tell them. Why make them miserable?

May 06, 2019 06:26 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

When the check is cashed, all rights are transferred.

May 06, 2019 06:09 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Move on.

May 06, 2019 06:26 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Well . . . you did what you could and agency terminates at COE. And Abner no longer has control either. A good faith effort was made, I'm thinkin'.
And perhaps Abner will approve of the vibe anyway . . . intent being all.
"Groove Is In The Heart"

May 06, 2019 06:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Time to move on. The new owner can do what he wants. Had it happen to a seller, but the buyer moved the bull dozer in immediately after closing.

May 06, 2019 06:11 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast


Unrealistic expectation (albeit admirable) of that seller- to begin with and why disappoint a client on purpose?

May 06, 2019 07:07 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Move on. The buyer can build what they want as long as it conforms with the local zoning and HOA, if there is an HOA

May 06, 2019 07:31 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The chapter is closed. 

That said, what is my relationship with Abner?

Would it do no harm in telling Abner or would it cause harm by not telling Abner?  My trusted advisor relationship with my clients is important. 

May 06, 2019 07:28 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

Case closed!  I had a friend who wanted to sell their 5 acre property to someone who would NOT develop and maintain the country feel. He was willing to sell at a discount to accomplish that.  I told him they will tell him whatever he wants to hear then do whatever they want because they will own the property and there won't be a thing he can do about it.  

May 06, 2019 07:19 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What is your ongoing relationship with the seller? It may be worthwhile to convey the information to the seller just 'cause. Seller may find out from another source and be upset with you. Let the seller find out from you. Let him vent. Nothing you could do to prevent the new owner from putting the property to its "highest and best" use. 

May 06, 2019 07:00 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Time to move on. The seller sold the property and gave up any rights to it. 

May 06, 2019 06:57 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Unless the property is deeded with specific WRITTEN instructions as to its use, the former owner is only wishful-thinking. The investor acted immorally, as in lied, but did not break any laws from what I gather. Agent should let it go as nothing would be gained by upsetting the selller.

May 06, 2019 06:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

A discussion of the selling process is a part of the presentation/process, necessary details are provided as appropriate.  

May 06, 2019 05:50 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Why notify? The property sold and the new owner has full reign over his land.

May 06, 2019 07:26 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Stay out of it. You are no longer the agent representing your former client. That's the new owner's business, not yours.

May 06, 2019 07:20 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Anyone who can afford a home now a days is of a certain standard i.e. they have income, a chunk of money and are able to participate at this level. That should be good enough anywhere. Who people really are remains to be seen

May 06, 2019 06:03 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

Buyer owns the property and the seller is off to a new community!  Chapter Closed!

May 06, 2019 07:45 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It's none of the Sellers business Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 . The new owner is exercising their rights as the property owner.

May 06, 2019 07:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Exactly what Bob Crane  and Wayne Martin expressed.  A

May 06, 2019 06:42 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

As Nina Hollander said, The deal is done, end of story. 

May 06, 2019 10:18 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

It would trouble me as much as it seems to trouble you but we can not control everything.  

May 06, 2019 08:43 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I don't think that Abner's wishes could be enforced. It was just a hopeful on his part. The new owner can do whatever he wants with the land if there were no deed restrictions.

This seems to happen alot with older folks. They want the new owners to conform when legally they just don't have to.

May 06, 2019 10:06 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

The water is already over the dam, so no real benefit in telling the previous owner.  If an owner is so conscious of what the new buyer do, they should never drive by the property after they sell it.

May 06, 2019 08:35 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

People change their minds. Our job is to help sellers sell and buyers buy. We don't have any control over what they may do with it after the fact. 

May 06, 2019 11:30 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

My first thought was this was a discriminatory comment and would ignore it. Seller could always add a deed restriction if he wanted to ensure only one house of a certain style, etc...

May 06, 2019 11:19 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

If you tell them, they could get mad at you.  Best to leave it be.  Afterall, they don't have any control over what the new owner does with the land.  Plus, realistically, that seller's wishes were discriminatory to begin with.

May 06, 2019 10:10 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

We all have a different idea of what respect should be.

May 06, 2019 09:58 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I would not stir that pot. 

May 06, 2019 06:48 PM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Nothing can be done about it.  You informed the Buyer of your Seller's comments and that is all  you can do.  

May 06, 2019 02:27 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

papers passed and the deed is recorded..... it's not anyone's business....

May 06, 2019 12:20 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Done sold, close chapter, moving on. The past owner provably spent his proceeds.

May 06, 2019 12:16 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker


May 06, 2019 11:44 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Highest and best use will always win out. A double lot will almost always trump keeping things the way they are and no notification is necessary.

May 06, 2019 10:11 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As Nina Hollander wrote. Wars are started when there is a chance for a win. Not in this case.

May 07, 2019 08:23 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Maybe when the check is cask.


May 07, 2019 01:25 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

stay in your lane... let it go.

May 07, 2019 01:02 PM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC


May 07, 2019 05:05 AM