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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

My most interesting one was that the Sellers agent didn't inform them that they had to be out prior to closing. When we arrived at the house 2 hours before closing the Seller was none to happy that we informed them we would not be closing until they were out and that the home had been professionally cleaned.

Aug 18, 2019 04:16 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I have shown up to one that the sellers were not remotely ready to move - their agent had NO clue either. They thought they were going to Closing to sign paperwork that day and then both parties would decide when they were going to move!


Aug 18, 2019 09:52 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sure, I have had a seller switch refrigerators trying to scam my buyers. Fortunately, I always note the make, model and serial numbers  and take photos. Needless to say, the missing refrigerator suddenly re-appeared.

Aug 18, 2019 05:51 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Yes, I had a client who was instructed to remove everything leave his living room set in the backyard. Couches, tables, everything- it was setup like it was inside, a horrific last minute find!

Aug 18, 2019 03:54 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

No, thankfully!

Aug 18, 2019 05:00 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

The only one that comes to mind is where the sellers didn't move. They did finally have their movers come late in the day. My buyers big moving van and four movers were sitting outside for hours waiting. 

Aug 18, 2019 04:30 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Buyer took all the switch plate covers for the switches and electrical outlets, removed the attached window boxes and even dug up a couple of plantings.

Aug 19, 2019 02:37 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

No I have been lucky so far!

Aug 18, 2019 06:24 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Seller says they are not doing another thing... sale be damned & buyer saying I need this done before we close. AGENT SAYS: I will pay for it!  It closed!

Aug 18, 2019 05:59 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Nothing to worry over...thankfully.

Aug 18, 2019 04:00 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No, sorry, I don't. If you're on top of your game regardless of which party you represent there should be no suprises or interesting stories at a final walk-through.

Aug 19, 2019 04:54 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Fortunately nothing major that could not be quickly fixed.

Aug 18, 2019 06:55 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Nothing unusual. :)

Aug 18, 2019 06:54 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Not me, thankfully, but heard from a title company that a seller forgot grandpa.  

Aug 19, 2019 07:58 AM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

Buyer's wanting to renegotiate price - I don't know about how interesting that was - it was more like a pain in the @$$ and they were very difficult about it. It did close but it was painful and a painful end to challenging transaction.

Aug 19, 2019 07:11 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Sold a home to a buyer who had not actually seen the home. All done with photos. Seller removed and sold the pool equipment. Buyer had the equipment in the contract and photos. Seller had to buy new equipment and listing agent participated.

Aug 19, 2019 04:23 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

I do a walk through with buyer and home inspector(if buyer wants him/her to inspect repairs) when the repairs are finished so there is still time to make any repairs if they are not done correctly.

I urge clients to do the FINAL walk through on the way to the closing in case the AC condenser was stolen overnight or a water line burst, etc.

This property was 25 miles out of town so it was very inconvenient to do a final walk through, and it was February in Indiana with a 100 year old plus farm house with a very poor heat source.  When we did the final walk through before the closing I could hear water running when we opened the door and the floors were covered in water.  The basement had a foot of water in it and a water line had burst.  We immediately turned off the water supply line in the basement.  (future need for hip waders in my back seat???)

It was a short sale and sellers were no longer making any effort as they wanted to cut their losses and go into foreclosure, if necessary.  My buyer wanted the house and he was going to gut it anyway and replace all the flooring so it all worked out and we closed an hour later.


My youngest daughter is a lender in town and she had a much more dramatic story as well as one of her colleagues about a month ago!!!!

Aug 19, 2019 04:43 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

My very first walk through back in 1985, went to the house w/ first time buyers and the old man selling the house was sitting in his lazy boy recliner, nothing in the house had been moved and we asked him what was going on?

He said no one told him he had to move out on settlement day. So closing was obviously delayed until he could get someone to move him out.

Aug 19, 2019 07:56 AM
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

I had a contract where the refridgerator was to convey, the seller wanted to take it.  The buyers said no.  The seller put the buyers mail in the freezer with a note stating "We hope you love our refrigerator/freezer."

Aug 19, 2019 07:38 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

A hole in the wall behind where an upright piano use to be.

Aug 19, 2019 02:37 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I generally stay ahead of the schedule to prevent those situations that elevate the emotions in a very emotional buying/selling event.

The situations encountered were remedied before anyone saw them. One involved a sellers uncommon attachment to the shower head in the owners suite. The subsequent physical damage and potential for flooding caused by broken plumbing was averted. The buyer was never tramitized. SUCCESS.

A second event when I popped in to take a peek the day before I found the owner with mop in hand and that look of complete exhaustion, confusion and clearly on the verge of losing control. Prying the handle from her hand, I assured her all will end well and took her to dinner. Summoned Sasquatch and we packed her up after dinner. She looked like a new person at closing. We often know not the burden another carries. Helping them is the kindest thing to do.

Aug 19, 2019 09:21 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It was interesting at one walk through that the Appliances that were suppose to stay were gone and they left piles of trash in the corners of rooms where they swept to make t broom clean and stated the contract did not state removing trash, just sweeping. They ended paying for a new set of kitchen appliances. 

Aug 19, 2019 05:28 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

actually, most were quite uneventful....and for that I was always thankful!!

Aug 19, 2019 04:58 AM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do not. 

Aug 19, 2019 04:39 PM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Water running from the ceiling from a burst pipe at an 8PM walkthrouhg.  I was the listing agent (buyers found it upon their walkthrough)  Got a plumber there asap, fixed it, buyers wanted to see repair prior to closing drywall ceiling- no problem, done and closed on time.  Phew. 

Aug 19, 2019 10:47 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Too many stories to tell...Missing appliances, switched appliances, removed security, removed pavers, light fixtures, landscape and missing bathroom mirrors...

We always do a final walk thru and I always remind the listing agent that we will be doing one so that they can remind the seller to LEAVE THE UTILITIES ON. (In the contract)  Sometimes the utilities are already off...UGH.

The biggest problem is not the seller, it is the listing agent that never grasps what constitutes a problem.


Aug 19, 2019 10:28 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties


Aug 19, 2019 09:01 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

one of my coworkers got there in the evening to do final walk through prior to early morning closing the next day and sellers were having a beer on the deck and NOTHING was packed.  Contract called for possession at closing.  THAT didn't happen.

Aug 19, 2019 08:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Aug 19, 2019 08:17 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Fist home purchased. After COE the sellers are still there unwanting to relocate. My mom says be polite to them. Today, I will call the cop to evict them.

Aug 19, 2019 07:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Yes, sellers had not moved out.

Sep 11, 2019 09:17 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

People left dirty diaper in each room, they lost their home to foreclosure.


Aug 23, 2019 09:46 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

No, was blessed, nothing exiting. 

Aug 20, 2019 05:46 PM
Rod Stewardson
Rod Inspects, LLC - Ammansville, TX
Professional Licensed and Certified Home Inspector


Aug 19, 2019 09:19 PM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Yes I did one as a favor for the buyers agent.  Sellers were having a moving sale and on a time crunch to get out.  Lots of people and buyers kids were running  in and out of the home.  Also buyer was inspecting that all repairs had been done.  Seller and Buyer butted heads over a Stop on a commode.

Aug 19, 2019 09:17 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

A buyer of my short sale listing showed up and the seller had removed all of the fan lamps in the three bedrooms.  These were two ladies that were newly wed and they wanted the home so they just accepted the home in the condition it was at the time of the walk through.  My seller, the wife that is not the husband, had no remorse.

Aug 19, 2019 08:37 PM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

I arrived at the Seller's house a few hours before closing to find that she had not completely moved.  Even though she was told to be out by 11, she thought running an hour or so later would be fine.  I had to change clothes, call my husband, get her to call a U-Haul and moved non-stop until the last item was on the truck.  I asked the attorney to stall a little and he called me when he was done.  Down to the last minute....Seller had gotten overwhelmed in the process and too embarrassed to tell me....

Aug 19, 2019 01:04 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Yes.  All kinds of things can and sometimes do happen.  It all gets resolved. 

Aug 19, 2019 01:04 PM