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846,120
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I got physically assulted by a crazy person at an open house when I was all alone.

Dec 17, 2015 08:44 PM
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1,301,972
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Had a Buyer representing himself as an out of area Realtor.  I photocopied his licensing card (OREA) for my file.  Offer fully negotiated and proceeds forward to lawyers for closing.  My Sellers pack up their house and move to the far side of the country a week prior to closing, middle of winter.  Closing day comes and Buyer disappears off the face of the earth.   Turns out to be identity theft.  Stolen Realtor's licensing card (prior to photos being on them) 

A right royal mess all round!!! Police still haven't found the crook and never did return sizable deposit.

(Luckily we get it back on the market asap and I get a new Buyer, at a better price, within 2 weeks)

Dec 18, 2015 01:13 AM
Rainmaker
3,621,244
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

The good thing about nightmares is that you wake up and they are gone.  

Dec 17, 2015 11:56 PM
Rainmaker
1,583,833
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I thought I had not locked the door to the last home visited. Had to turn around. So much for brain farts! Yup! The home was locked.

Dec 17, 2015 10:13 PM
Rainmaker
3,447,378
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

a buyer pulled out of a $1+ million contract 5 days before closing on one of my listings.

Dec 17, 2015 09:50 PM
Rainmaker
80,103
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

Working with a crazy seller and her daughter.  A neighbor told me they had their carpet installed 3 times before they paid for the carpet.  They always got free or discounted meals at restaurants by complaining.  The sale was a terrible experience for me and the Prudential employees, but it did close. 

Dec 17, 2015 09:28 PM
Rainmaker
3,375,109
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Getting sued because the title company missed a lien on a property.  

Dec 17, 2015 09:14 PM
Ambassador
1,706,597
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

A developer of a condo project went bankrupt and I had quite a few contracts there.

Dec 17, 2015 09:14 PM
Rainmaker
3,332,753
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Working with a buyer who was verbally mean, cruel, and ugly. Was so relieved when I FIRED her!

Dec 17, 2015 09:02 PM
Rainmaker
811,550
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

After two years, the For Sale sign is installed in the front yard.

The owner, shaking and in tears, "I don't want to do this."  Then two minutes later, "But I must. I can do this."

And it never got better.

 

Dec 17, 2015 08:56 PM
Rainmaker
3,064,103
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

NOT what Marco Giancola said!  Realizing that a slew of listings we had at the time were not going to sell or close when the market CRASHED!

Dec 17, 2015 08:53 PM
Rainmaker
3,406,002
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

The buyer kept texting me 2 times a day about the side of rooms

Dec 21, 2015 10:10 AM
Rainmaker
2,327,374
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Sally. There was a time period that real estate values dropped 50% in value, that was not a fun time to be an owner.

Dec 18, 2015 07:05 PM
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4,659,677
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am sure that my mind has blocked out the trauma, but I suspect that it had something to do with a renter.

Dec 18, 2015 06:25 AM
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66,214
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I had two different buyers under contract and the apprasial on 1st home came in 25,000 low and the 2nd home apprasial came in 26,000 low.  That was very bad day.

Dec 18, 2015 05:24 AM
Rainmaker
705,772
Peter Mohylsky. The Santa Rosa Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN

I have run VERY low on gas during a showing spree.  I have also locked my keys in a unit after showing the condo.  

Dec 18, 2015 04:59 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,513
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Dual agency, buyer broke into vacant home 3 days before close and then could not get the loan

Dec 18, 2015 04:17 AM
Rainmaker
5,773,249
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have experienced lots of difficult situations during my career. There was a major fire at one of our garden apartment communities and later there was a flood that impacted the same units.

Dec 18, 2015 03:37 AM
Rainmaker
4,798,469
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

The buyer passed away on the morning of the closing.

Dec 18, 2015 02:37 AM
Rainmaker
768,942
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I thought I lost the key I had just used to get into a condo with clients... found it, at the bottom of my purse! After that, I developed a "system".

Dec 18, 2015 02:29 AM
Rainmaker
5,331,343
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

decades ago, I had a very large sale closing, and the seller insisted on "cash" at closing.... hundreds of thousands of dollars to be carried to the closing at the registry of deeds.... I hired a body guard to accompany us and stay with us at the closing.... what a pain in the ass that was!!

Dec 18, 2015 02:03 AM
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Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

An estate property where the terminally ill brother ( who could not afford to buy his sisiers half of the home) lived and refused to allow the home to be shown. The sister was the executrix and tried to have Him evicted. The brother took her to court to remove her as executrix. The courts removed the sister as executrix and appointed an Atty. to serve as the administrator. The brother never did allow the home to be shown (despite a court order) and passed away a few months after. After he died his son removed a washing maching and by doing so damaged an internal pipe which leaked water and damaged the downstairs ceiling and walls. The home was finally sold. 

Dec 18, 2015 12:50 AM
Rainmaker
555,814
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Sally & David,
Sold a luxury waterfront property. Kept trying to get the seller to re-locate his expensive boat at the dock. He was too busy to get around to it. Full price offer if the boat was included. At joint closing, buyer told seller he didn’t really want the boat he was just jerking the sellers’ chain. A BIG bloody fight was very narrowly avoided.

Dec 17, 2015 11:58 PM
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1,523,974
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Ohhh nooo.... It's too early in the morning to ruin my day remembering it. 

Dec 17, 2015 11:17 PM
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3,694,579
Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

A buyer showed up at the bank holding his earnest money, asked to withdraw it, and they gave it to him!  He did show up at settlement, and he didn't understand the process.  Happy ending, but some rather anxious hours!  English was not his first language!

Dec 17, 2015 11:12 PM
Rainmaker
1,402,227
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sally K. & David L. Hanson The time I went with my buyer three times to the closing table. He wanted to purchase a commercial building. The underwriter was very uncooperative each time. In the end, my buyer was turned down for the loan not because he didn't qualify, but because the underwriter backed out at the last minute. My buyer was too frustrated to go through the whole process again with another lender. Deal lost!

Dec 17, 2015 10:18 PM
Rainmaker
3,559,202
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

A commerciall buyer walked away from a sizable deposit refusing to close. He was right for doing so one year later!

Dec 17, 2015 10:17 PM
Rainmaker
4,432,726
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I had a seller who got full price offer in one day and was upset because buyers wanted a few window screens repaired. The seller yelled at me as though it was my fault.

Dec 17, 2015 10:08 PM
Rainer
170,773
Richard L. Sanderson
Richard L. Sanderson Consulting - Portland, OR
helping improve local property tax systems

Sally K. & David L. Hanson - I appraised an abandoned nuclear power plant for local tax assessment purposes that was 95% physically completed but canceled by the power company after regulatory issues that resulted after Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. The average construction time for a nuclear power plant went from about three years to 15 years! Nightmare, yes, BUT I also learned a lot. It helped shape my appraisal career.

Dec 17, 2015 09:13 PM