What Are Your Pet Peeves?? One Of Terrace SIR Agents Reveal Some Of Her Profession’s Annoyances.
Satanic Posters and Stripper Poles: Pet Peeves of Real-Estate Pros Two veteran agents reveal some of their profession’s annoyances.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Janine Hostetter, real estate agent at Robert Paul Properties, Osterville, Mass.
When buyers and sellers start to haggle over the personal property items for inclusion, like furnishings. Haggling over a dated sleeper sofa or granny’s porcelain china can really convolute a sale.
I used to work in California, and I once had a client sell his beautiful ski chalet in Lake Tahoe completely furnished. But he happened to love [his] mattress. So he bought a nice new mattress for the buyers, not thinking it would be an issue. But during the final walk-through before the closing, they noticed [the new mattress]. They wanted the one that was per the offer, even though they knew it wasn’t brand new. And technically per the terms of the contract, they were within their rights.
We had to notify the sellers and they had to return the mattress. [The seller] was surprised—“You’ve got to be kidding me, they want my old mattress when I bought them a nice new one?” But he said OK. I think he drove it back up from San Diego in his truck. Perhaps [the buyers] thought it was a superior caliber of mattress—who knows? I’d go with the fresh mattress myself.
Courtesy Of The Wall Street Journal