The Case of the Lady in a Bottle
Listen to what happened to Don that almost cancelled one of his:
Once upon a time in the land of Don Pedro when I worked for brand X real estate, I had a listing on a fairly nice maintained manufactured home which was owned by a widower.
He was a man in his late sixties living by himself since his wife had passed away.
He just wanted to sell his home and get on with his life and do some traveling.
When I took the listing he told me that when the house sold, everything that was in it could stay.
All he wanted were some clothes and personal items that would fit into his station wagon along with his two very large dogs.
Now mind you this home had been lived in by him and his wife for some time, so there was a lot of stuff there: two computers, televisions, videos, furniture, sewing machine and a new patio set plus much more.
It wasn't long before I had an offer from some folks in the Bay Area who where looking for a second home and this was perfect for them as they had kids and grand kids.
And besides there was little they had to buy.
There was even food in the refrigerator and pantry.
It was a move-in proposition.
Well, to make a long story short, the offer was accepted and put into escrow.
The heart-stopper came when escrow was a few days from closing and I was talking to the seller.
He said there was something he forgot to mention to me.
At that point my heart stopped because the way he said it I knew it was serious.
"Is what he is about to tell me going to be a concern to the buyers to cause the offer to be withdrawn?"
I gritted my teeth and he told me he had buried his wife on the property and he would not tell me where. I asked if that was legal to bury her casket on private property.
He went on to say his wife was cremated and only her urn was buried on the property.
Well, that wasn't as bad as I thought, but I still felt it was my obligation to disclose this to the buyers.
When I told them, they didn't have a problem with it.
It closed escrow on time and everyone was happy.
by Mike C (aka blog boy)
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