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

Sounds like Seller's in breach of contract. Issue a notice. See how quick that stuff returns. When it comes to personal property like that though, you almost have to make a detailed and itemized list of the items-- room by room. Otherwise, it's 'he-said-she-said'.

Jun 24, 2017 07:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You need a contract addendum and a price reduction.

Jun 24, 2017 08:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I think Candice A. Donofrio is right on target here. Hasn't been an issue in my experience

Jun 24, 2017 08:08 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Start with an inventory list dated, signed and attached to the agreement with pictures whenever possible. It'll save some head and heartache for the parties.

Jun 24, 2017 08:05 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If it is going to walk, let it walk before the property is on the market. If it walks and it is in the contract, the seller has a problem!

Had it happen once where a buyer bought site unseen, but plenty of photographs. Seller tried to pull a fast one and the listing agent tried to back him. Seller lost a small fortune, and listing agent was sanctioned and fined by the Board. Buyer wanted what he bargained for and got it.

Attorneys made money, paid by the seller also. 

Jun 24, 2017 07:15 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Outside of mounted speakers and TVs, light fixtures, fountains/water features and appliances, I never make personal property part of the contract. That is a private sale between buyer an seller and for lawyers and small claims.

In you case I'd renegotiate to compensate for the losses.

Jun 24, 2017 07:43 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The contract is typically clear about what is personal property and what is a fixture. In one case the seller had taken some drapes that were already shipped to their new home in Colorado and we made a signed agreement for them to be shipped back in order to close. They were not reserved.

Jun 24, 2017 07:39 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Cancel the contract for breach and move on.  NEXT!   Good luck for the sellers with a sale of a "stripped" property.

Jun 24, 2017 07:35 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I always made a "rule" and it was carved in stone ....I do not get involved with personal property.... and if there's a "fixture" that's to be excluded, remove it and replace it BEFORE I list the property..... I don't have patience for that nonsense...IT'S A TIME DRAIN.

Jun 24, 2017 07:05 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Getting a detailed list with a signed Bill of Sale to match items helps. I recently sold a home with everything in it, including silverware, small appliances, outdoor furniture with no misunderstandings between parties.

Jun 24, 2017 09:00 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

A contract is a contract.  THe seller needs to honor it and the buyer can take them to court.  Had to do this with an auction company once, they almost sold things that were attached to the walls at an estate sale.  And they claimed to be realtors too!

Jun 24, 2017 08:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think that Candice A. Donofrio has the perfect answer.  A

Jun 24, 2017 07:49 AM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I agree with Barbara Todaro 

Jun 24, 2017 07:16 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I recently had a seller remove the window coverings after we completed the final walk-through ... the loan funded and the deed recorded.  I sent a demand to the listing agent and the seller to return the window coverings. The seller did return them.  

Beyond that, what can one do?  These are matters can create work for the legal profession. 

Jun 24, 2017 11:21 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Always include those items in the contract.

Jun 24, 2017 09:55 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Send the seller a bill for everything that disappears, much of it may be returned quickly.

And drop cams may help too.

Jun 24, 2017 10:26 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have had sellers remove curtains or an appliance simple by misunderstanding. They quickly made it right.

Jun 24, 2017 05:59 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

WOW! I smell something fishy.

Jun 24, 2017 03:26 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Record the serial numbers of appliances when listing "personal property" included in the sale.

     Some sellers will swap out the chef-quality appliances for cheaper ones.

Jun 24, 2017 02:00 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Personal property is messy business. Good luck. -Kasey

Jun 24, 2017 01:52 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

If the property disappearing is real property, the seller is violating the terms of the sales agreement. I would start by calling the listing agent.  If you get no where with that, call the managing Broker. If that has no success, the terms of the agreement should have a way to handle disputes between parties.

Jun 24, 2017 01:06 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I had this happen and one of us had to stay cool under false fire (me). A seller who remembers everything forgot about taking things we agree not to take? He couldn't look me in the eye and the other person in the room looked away. I figured it out. Someone close to him convinced him to do different what we already agreed to do first. All things considered, I had discussion with the seller and then with the buyer and I worked it out. Smile because agents clean it all up in the end. Who else would or can?

Jun 24, 2017 12:43 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Personal property that is to convey must be on an addendum or no breach has taken place. On vacant homes that have personal property in them I will often write the offer to say "all property on the premises at the time of this offer to remain with no exceptions". When I have done that I have had NO problems Andrew Mooers 

Jun 24, 2017 11:46 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I had people switch things out one,  we did not close


Jun 27, 2017 06:42 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Andrew Mooers If it's not in the contract the buyer's can't expect these items. If it is in the contract then there is a legal issue.

Jun 25, 2017 06:23 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Best handled by an attorney, but it may be time to reduce the purchase price by the value of the items taken.

Jun 25, 2017 05:26 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I always feel it is why personal property should not be included in a sale. I like a separate agreement for that with some teeth in it

Jun 25, 2017 05:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've not had this happen but if conveyance is part of the contract, seller is obligated to convey or he'sin breach.

Jun 25, 2017 04:30 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

If it is in the contract remind them.

Jun 25, 2017 03:14 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

All items that area not staying ( fixtures) have to be disclosed as soon as you open escrow and often in MLS before even showings. Seller and his agent have no right to replace or remove anything( unless it is personal items) without buyer approval. 

Jun 24, 2017 11:25 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Andrew Mooers - as long as everything that the seller plans to leave has been in the contract - documented -  it should not be a big deal!

Jun 24, 2017 11:14 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

My advice would be small claims court, or seek legal councel 

Jun 24, 2017 09:42 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Candice A. Donofrio nailed this one - head it off at the pass - before it's too late. You don't want to have to address this after Closing, for sure!

Jun 24, 2017 08:18 PM
Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

When you do the listing walk through ask and then point to what is staying. Write it down, have them SIGN FOR IT! Do those french doors stay? Yes, had a client "take" the antique french doors dividing the dining and living room replacing with white Home Depot cheapies! Write it down. What about THIS light fixture, those curtain which match the bedspread, your big screen TV and the 400 lb anchoring system which will leave the lathe and plaster wall like swiss cheese! I had a guy take up all the pavers in his patio! I got there and nothing but sand! A lovely tranquil oasis became a mirage!

Jun 24, 2017 03:41 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

call the broker

Jun 24, 2017 07:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I always go over all the inclusions and exclusions in the Listing Agreement before it goes on the market, so there is no gray areas.

Jun 27, 2017 07:32 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I wouldn't allow it. Unless they specifically excluded items from the sale, anything attached to the home should stay.

Jun 26, 2017 05:25 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It's always tricky when realtors get dragged into playing furnature and other personal property salespeople. We should not be responsible for that. The only way to handle that might be to sign a "hold harmless" agreement when you see that those items are written into the agreement.

Jun 26, 2017 05:22 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm with Roy Kelley !

Jun 25, 2017 04:23 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Stop the presses...seller is going to court being dragged there by Mr. buyer

Jun 25, 2017 07:57 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

In situations like this a video inventory should have been taken at the time the contract was agreed upon. Definitely this needs to stop and the property must be returned to make the buyer whole again.

Jun 25, 2017 06:34 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Letter from attorney

Jun 25, 2017 01:11 AM