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But I Thought....


But I Thought...


How many times have we heard a buyer or seller say: "But I thought__________!''

Go ahead and fill in the blank.

These words are not something any of us want to  hear. This means there is some kind of misunderstanding.

Many years ago a buyer, after settlement, had her agent call me asking where the stained glass panel was. Her statement:

"But I thought it came with the house and we want it returned."



Stained Glass 

The agent, adamant about the art, had her manager call me.

 Note: the item was a personal piece of art, it was hanging from a hook over a side door panel, it was not attached.


The buyer, the agent and her manager suggested that an attorney be called to insure the piece of art was returned. 


I suggested we go back and take a look at  the contract. Was the item mentioned? Was it made part of the inclusions?  

The answer, of course was 'no' but again those dreaded words... "But I thought..."

The buyer felt, because it looked so good, that it was  part of the decor and was supposed to stay.


 I was told it should have been 'excluded' in the contract. My response if they wanted a piece of art that it should have been written in and negotiated at the time of  the offer. After all they didn't expect all the other hanging art to be left behind.

Hard feelings by the buyer, a seller who had already moved on and someone saying....


"But I Thought..."


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Comment balloon 87 commentsMargaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 • November 04 2015 03:17AM


Margaret, I once walked into a friend and clients moving sale as she was about to collect a check for the lovely diningroom chandelier.  Got there in the nick of time, as she said, "But I thought..."

Her husband was a big time lawyer.  He should have known what a "fixture" was!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 4 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ...I hear "but I htought" nearly everyday from diffrent people who are right in their minds but no farther

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 4 years ago

Margaret - it all comes back to communication and understanding the contract.  Sound's like the buyer is not entitled to it.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 4 years ago

I think we all have stories like this Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ....I had a seller take off a combination front door lock and replaced it with a normal knob the day before closing the walk-thru the buyers almost walked away's amazing the things people do and expect.

Have a great day!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 4 years ago

The moral of the story is don't "assume".....and I don't have to finish the story, we all know it! 

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 4 years ago

Margaret if it's not written into an offer and agreed upon it's not part of the sale. Our contracts are very clear about these issues. And when I chose to move I'll be sure to take down my 'stained glass' window hanging from 2 hooks as it is a piece of art and not part of the home.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 4 years ago

"But I thought whatever comes up on the inspection is what the seller needs to repair"

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) over 4 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Excellent point! If it's not in the contract, it doesn't convey.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 4 years ago

Sometimes it's stupid stuff, like:

I thought after signing the papers I could move in.

I thought the potted plants in the back yard would stay.

I thought the sellers would leave all of the TVs on the wall.

I thought the stray cats went with the sellers.

I thought I didn't have to clean the house.


Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 4 years ago

Hi Margaret.  How are you?


It is good to know that THOUGHT took place, but that is why two other words exist in our language: forethought and afterthought.  Thought must occur, and occur in time and lead to action, such as, "I need for my REALTOR® to confirm in writing that the art piece is included in the sale.". And the dear selling agent, drawing up the offer THINKS, "I am going to specify the piece of art is part of the deal.". Afterthought has no bearing on the transaction; but it never hurts to ask " Is it possible that seller would be willing to leave that piece, or sell it?". FORETHOUGHT would have be the best thought.  If selling agent and buyer made notes as they viewed the house, and discussed in advance what needed to be in the offer.


A few months back, I listed my eldest daughter's home.  It went quick.  We had discussed removing anything they did not want to become part of the sale.  I prefer getting it out BEFORE pictures are taken.  The did their clearing; but after offer was negotiated, they received kickback from the children about not planning to keep the swings and gym set.  The daughter called with her dilema, and said, "Dad, do you think we can ask buyers to let us keep the set?". Nothing to loose, working with a great buyers agent, so I called.  She checked and texted back that the buyers were agreeable.  Buyers had noticed three small kittens and queried about getting one of them; but a neighbor had already taken them.  I told my daughter to hang onto their names and interest because someone would be looking for a home for a kitty.

Posted by Fred Cope, Looking For Homes With A Smile (Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN) over 4 years ago

Hi  Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland "But I thought..." some people are just stupid or greedy (two sides of the same coin). And yes, the feral cats go with the house. Just try to get rid of them.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Yes, it all comes back to the contract.  Your logic is correct (and logical).

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 4 years ago

If it ain't in writing, it didn't happen.  This isn't even a grey-area... a painting, or artwork, is as personal item as it gets..  even if it had been attached with screws... if the Mona Lisa had been hanging in the living room, I think it would be a long, long reach to think it was automatically included in the sale.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) over 4 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, yes, I have heard that too!  It's all about Contract, Contract, Contract when it comes to what stays and what goes.

Posted by Christina Sanchez Hood, #SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living over 4 years ago

Margaret, I am in 100% agreement with you on this. If that ONE piece of art (personal property) was to be included, then perhaps all of the pots, pans, furniture, and underwear should have been included as well. 

Some people are just so a-maize-ing ... aren't they? They create their own maze of confusion by simply thinking and not acting and clarifying.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 4 years ago

a perfect example of the problems that ensue when personal property is NOT specified in the contract as noted in this post by Ralph Gorgoglione 

Posted by Greg Large, A Tradition of Trust (ERA Real Solutions) over 4 years ago

My favorite response is a very polite..."well there you go again... thinking!"

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago

I always say, "If you want it, ask for it. Otherwise, don't think it conveys."

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 4 years ago

Margaret - I would agree that you never want to hear, "But I thought..." Like you said, that typically means there was some misunderstanding somewhere along the way.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate over 4 years ago

I had this the other day over a washer and dryer.  I was with my buyers at walk through and they freaked.  "The washer & dryer are gone!"  I pulled out the contract and showed them that the washer & dryer were checked no in conveyances.  "But we thought..."  Yeah, but you signed something that clearly stated they were not included.  And we had a conversation about it at the time.  They didn't remember.  Too much happened in the two months since they had written the offer.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 4 years ago

Such a well written post my friend!  It is so important to write it into the contract, if there is any question about it.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 4 years ago

This is why I take about an hour or more to go over the contract.  We go over "fixures" and "personal property."  If their eyes glaze over, that's on them.  At least we covered it.  And if they wanted it written up, they should have given instruction.  Chris Ann Cleland makes a point, the time from start to finish can mean memories fade in between.  Put it it writing.  What always amazes me is that the focus on one thing (lovely objet d'art, or not) that's not there . . . while the ENTIRE house is almost a second thought.  Why can't people be happy with what they have, not the one little item that was not their's to begin with?

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 4 years ago

Absolutely Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner .  I do the same thing.  Go over the contract when they sign it.  Make sure they have a copy.  In the last case, these buyers were going between so many houses and offers, they mixed up what was what.  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 4 years ago

Margaret, I've heard that before. It always makes my stomach turn. I can definitely see how the buyer would think that, but what does the contract say. Let the contract speak.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 4 years ago

Margaret, you did a great job with "But I Thought"! Buyers and sellers often get confused over what stays and what goes, or as you said, "fill in the blank". All agreements must be in written. Don't assume anything when it comes to buying or selling a home.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 4 years ago

It's already been said many times by all the great agents on this post but buyers should not assume anything. If you want it included in the sale then put it in an addendum or have it written in the contract somewhere. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) over 4 years ago

What is even worst? " My friend, someone at work, someone in my family...told me that...". This one can kill a deal.

Posted by Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate (Re/Max Masterpiece Realty) over 4 years ago

In the great not so old days I was flipping condos ~~ most before they closed~ but lived in one for 366 days. Sold those I lived in furnished as it was easier to have new furnishings delivered than moving what I had (did that 3 times). The last time it was written that personal items did not convey. One buyer was upset I took the portrait of my young grandsons! My fault as she admired a couple wall hangings so I left all but the portrait.

Posted by John Rakoci, North Myrtle Beach Coastal Carolinas (Eagle Realty) over 4 years ago

But I thought we can close after 3 months - my lease expires in February and I can't afford to pay rent and mortgage!

Yes, it happens Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland when expectations are not set right the very first time!

Great lesson for newbies.....

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 4 years ago

No need to think if you just read the contract, it will tell you all. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 4 years ago

Buyer arrived at the wrong house for his inspection. He forgot which house had the accepted offer.

Posted by Joe Nernberg, AmeriSpec Inspection Services over 4 years ago

Lots of good comments. It proves that we need to explain what conveys when we start showing homes to first time buyers. And then again, to any time buyers!

Posted by Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate) over 4 years ago

I feel bad for them, but they shouldn't have assumed it was theirs. Lesson learned. 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 4 years ago

Margaret ... I totally agree with this post 100%.  It brought back a memory of a time I was selling a house with "No Window Treatments" ... at the closing the buyers were demanding that the sellers put the windows treatments back up in the Family Room that they observed when they walked through the first time. I explained there were no window treatments included in the sale and that in fact there were none ever in the house during the listing time.  Ends up the buyers had taken pictures of these "supposed" window treatments to show proof.  Ironically it was determined after some discussion that the Seller was making a valance for her sister in Kuwait (away on military leave) and she had the "material" hanging on the window for sizing purposes.  The seller was shocked that the buyers made such a big deal out of a $15 piece of material and this closing almost died because of it.  What an ordeal ... Can't tell you how many times I asked the other agent to please look at her contract which did not even ask for "window treatments".

Posted by Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563 (1 Month Realty) over 4 years ago

"Part of the decor" does not make it part of the structure, which is what the buyer purchased.   Back to my old adage Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland , "If it ain't in writing, it doesn't exist".

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) over 4 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ... you showcase a very important point.  If unsure, clients need to ask for clarification.  And they must actually READ their documents and contract.  So often, they do not and problems crop-up as a result.


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 4 years ago

Joe, my eyes popped when you said the buyers went to the wrong house with their inspector.  That's unbelievable, most buyers drive by the house a few times after an offer is accepted.  Items that convey should be written in the contract when the buyers  and their agent are making an offer.  I have agents tell me that the MLS said certains items convey, which wasn't the case.

Good post.

Posted by Rose O'Reilly Sievers,CRS,SRES over 4 years ago

But I thought we had 30 days after closing to move out . . . .

Sorry! Remember we discussed that and that is the reason we changed the requested closing date that was written into the offer.

Posted by Keith Whited (RE/MAX Gateway) over 4 years ago

People often hear only what they want to hear, and when you see someone's eyes glazing over as you are explaining the contract, it is a sure sign that there needs to be further emphasis and repetition of some of the contract items.

Posted by Thomas McCombs (Century 21 HomeStar) over 4 years ago

If it's not in writing - but so many people don't understand that until something like this happens.

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 4 years ago

Sometimes they forget... I recently had the opposite happen.  Just before final walk through  sellers thought the washer and dryer had to stay and buyers were surprised as they had their own.  Nobody remembered, we checked ccontract and it wasn't in there. Sellers were happy they got to keep and buyers were happy they'd didn't have tomdealmwith an extra set of appliances.  If in doubt, check the contract!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 4 years ago

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,

We have all been down this road more than likely early in our careers! The contract is the place to Texas the language is clearly and concisely written as to what is the "property!". Drapes, valances rods, etc.. no room for misinterpretation. If you want extras..we have a non-Realty addendum!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 4 years ago

I have read all the comments but have not responded to most. Wonderfully busy day. Until I get back here, you might want to read this blog about featured posts.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

Dear Margaret,

Some people make their own films in their head. I get worried, when I am unknowingly one of the character actors & do not recognize the lines.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 4 years ago

Sometimes, when we're lucky, you'll hear those dreaded words within a time frame or situation such that some recovery is possible.  Most often, "but I thought" is too late.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) over 4 years ago

Margaret,  just reading the words "...but I thought...," makes me cringe.  These words seem to appear when we least expect them. 

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 4 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland It always goes back to the contract.   But I thought can lead to trouble.  It's best to exclude them in the contract or remove grandma's fixture before it hits the market.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago

The issue is that most of us do try to anticipate any issues and be proactive in attempting "small" issues from becoming "BIG" issues.  Unfortunately, sometimes I just don't have my crystal ball with me.  I would wonder if anything could have been done differently and the answer for me is NO.  Unless, some chatter surrounding the art was overheard, at that point I am most sure it would have been addressed. 

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) over 4 years ago

Absolutely - these are the worst words to hear after a transaction!  Yikes!  

Posted by Francine Viola, REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) over 4 years ago

Hi Margaret - I enjoyed reading your post and all the comments it generated.

Of course we know it has to be in writing to be included in the sale, and I always go over that part of the purchase agreement in detail...

Yet, as so many agents said:

People don't read their own agreements

People hear what they want to hear

People's eyes glaze over when we're doing the paperwork

People forget 


Posted by M.C. Dwyer, MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist (Century 21 Showcase REALTORs) over 4 years ago

Personal property is not included unless specifically stated in our Iowa contract. That is a tough one. 

Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) over 4 years ago

I think those are 3 words none of us like to hear.  I sometimes get critized by seller's agents for putting "too much" in the description of what is being conveyed.... however, it avoids "but I thought"

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 4 years ago

Joan Whitebook I have not heard those words for many years. Experience is a wonderful teacher.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

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Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) over 4 years ago

"But I thought" just as bad as; " I/we assumed". Phrases that can have dire consequences.

Posted by Theresa Akin (CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP) over 4 years ago

This is exactly why I am very particular about how I read disclosures, word inspection resolutions, write in additional requests in the contract--I explain to buyer/seller it is best to be very specific so there is no confusion!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) over 4 years ago

I had the opposite happen.  My client took her drapes that were supposed to be left behind.  Right on page 1 of the contract....  

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 4 years ago

That sounds like a cop out to me.  You can't really think something hanging on the wall, or window would stay...

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Evelyn Johnston It didn't matter. She complained after settlement and seller was already gone!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

This is a good story to share with prospective home buyers and home sellers. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

Roy Kelley  I will be sharing it on the radio show tomorrow.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

Hi Margaret -- not sure how I missed this post but it's certainly true. Both seller and buyer should read/understand the purchase agreement and any personal property that is included as well as be aware that "switching out" attached property is not allowed.    You're definitely going to hit 2,000,000 before show time.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 4 years ago

You can't get much further South than where we are but in the case of personal property mixed up with the Real stuff that direction is too easily found Margaret.

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) over 4 years ago

Michael Jacobs You are so right about both items!

Thanks for your support.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

Kevin J. May Cute comment.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

This happens more often than people think. I had a buyer's agent refuse to remove contingencies until an unattached book shelf was included. That buyer lost the house to a back up offer. Oh well. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 4 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 

Boy does this come up fairly regularly. Some things are pretty obviously not going to remain, while others might be a bit trickier. It's always better to have it in writing, for both parties' sake. Sometimes sellers' say things convey when the buyer doesn't want them, like a portable hot tub that doesn't work, and that needs to be addressed as well. Pretty commonly we get issues of all the cans of paint, etc. Nope those are not fixtures, and just because you THINK the buyer may want them does not mean you get to leave all this crap. 


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 4 years ago

Jeff Dowler CRS  Always good to see you.

But I thought... the buyers would want all the cans of paint. Even if they are 20 years old and  used only once.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

I was told to write it in the contract. Don't make assumptions.  Drapes, wooden mini-blinds...everything! 

Posted by Melissa Jackson, Helping You Make The Right Move (Century 21 Alliance Properties) over 4 years ago

Melissa Jackson And you were told right.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

I write everything in an offer as well, right down to bathroom mirrors. I've had several "But I thought..." occassions where it was assumed bathroom mirrors were excluded but we here in Halifax, Nova Scotia assume they are included. Nothing should be left to interpretation.

Posted by Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax (Keller Williams Select Realty) over 4 years ago

But I thought...!?!?!?!?

Yeah I dont care what you thought or why you thought it, as that is something I may not have any knowledge of unless you shared it with me BEFORE! If it was that important to you, you would have made it part of the contract to CLARIFY it!


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Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) over 4 years ago

Thank you Will Nesbitt 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

Negotiate anything you want into the original contract.  There is no room for......   I Thoughts

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) over 4 years ago

Rose Mary Justice Perfect comment!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

This seems to hit "home" with many of your commentors! I actually had a story about having to remove a Moosehead New Years Day because the sellers left it, "I thought that since the former seller left it that it was a fixture"....NOPE! And the buyers wanted it GONE! At the New Year's Eve party at Fishhawk Lake I offered $100 to whomever could help me remove it the next day--had two takers immediately! We ended up surprising a friend/neighbor by putting it above his fireplace, something he'd always wanted but his wife had some kind of quilt over the fireplace (which he hated). He loved it and everyone was happy!

(I called my post The Three Mooseketeers because it took 3 of us to manhandle the darned thing, get it in the back of the rig and move it over to it's new home.)

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 4 years ago

I am in escrow right now where the sellers showed my buyer and myself the home without the listing agent present. The seller kept pointing out items saying "This goes with the house" and This goes with the house" and she must have done this 10-15 times while we were there. I checked the box everything the buyer wanted such as refrigerator, washer/dryer, stove  on the form  RPA (CA Resd. Purchase Agreement) so during negotiations, I get calls back saying the seller is unhappy at the negotiated price and is not leaving the _________ which is nothing we asked for in contract. I suggested that the listing agent advise her client not to say it if she doesn't mean it as someone may take her up on it. I feel everything should be in writing and this is a good reason why. 

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 4 years ago

Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor  But....the agent thought ____________! Another reason seller should not have been present for the showing.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

Simple rules are best Somtimes.  This is one of my favorite real estate rules.

If its not written  into  the purchase contract, Its not part of the purchase contract. 

Posted by Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI, #11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World (Century 21 Town and Country) over 4 years ago

I advise sellers to take down things they do not want to sell with the home.  But who would have thought to take down a piece of art.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 4 years ago

In Silicon Valley the sellers thought home prices will go up 10% higher than highest sold.  Now we got homes priced high that sellers need to reduce to get interest. Then when one get offers they think they can counter for much more....

I thought you realtors said home prices will go up up up?

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 4 years ago

  Ouch!  Wish there was a spray-away for the "I thoughts".

Posted by Margaret Kapranos, San Francisco Bay Area REALTOR. 415-608-5070 (Century 21 Real Estate Alliance) over 4 years ago

Margaret Kapranos If you find one...make sure you patent it! Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

Assumptions always get us in to trouble. The buyer should have said something to the agent to be sure it was included!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 4 years ago

Donna Foerster The buyer should have said something  either  before the contract, before settlement and before the seller moved.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 4 years ago