Broker Bryant wrote on a final walk through that has inspired this post.
I have sold five homes in Dhu Varren over the years. This situation occurred at the closings of one of those homes.
AT THE CLOSING TABLE, the Buyer Agent, "there is a HUGE spot on the carpet and we want new carpet."
"Well, I'm sorry but, my sellers have moved out of country and you should have let me know last night after your walk-through. However, as my clients have moved out of country, I will pay to have it cleaned."
No, they wanted new carpet. It was huge.
So I stopped the closing, and said I am going to the house to look at the spot before I try to reach my clients. I did. The HUGE spot was less than the size of a quarter.
I called the sellers and they said they had forgotten about it, until the moved. They had tried to have it cleaned a long time ago and it would not come out.
I went back to the closing and told them, "the spot is the size of a quarter. It won't come out, they had an end table over it while living there."
"So do you want to buy the house or not?" Sound harsh?
You see, these buyers wanted a home in Dhu Varren and that neighborhood only. Because I had 2 homes under contract in there at the time, their agent called me to see IF I was listing anything in the near future.
I told her I was but not until the next week, that they were finishing up some things to get it ready to put on the market. She cried, begged, pleaded to see it that day, before her buyers left for out of state without a house.
So my sellers agreed to show it to them early.
The buyers loved it and wrote a full price offer, and it was listed in the MLS as sold.
How quickly they forget....
The moral is: if you are representing a client, you need to inspect what they are asking for in concessions and not just assume they are speaking forthrightly.
They bought the house and the way the fireplace and windows were located, I'm sure a piece of furniture covered it for them too.
In a situation like this, my sellers were willing to let the home be sold on the open market.
The average price home in Dhu Varren is 350's. The home closed at $379,900.
Dhu Varren on the Park is located in N. E. Ann Arbor. Very quiet and peaceful sub with Olsen Park on the edge of the subdivision. Close to Leslie Park and the North Campus area. Many of the homes back to a ravine and have walk-out basements. A really lovely setting.