- Episode 53 -
I can’t believe it’s been over a year now that I have been blogging on RESAAS!
It was a goal of mine for 2014 to start, but I never thought it would get this far!! I actually look forward to sharing a new “crazy” story with all of you each week. And I had to laugh the other day because the “crazy” just doesn’t stop! And like I have said before, there’s no way you can make this stuff up!
Thank you for sticking with me through all the chaotic moments - more importantly, thanks for all your comments! It’s nice knowing that I’m not the only one that bizarre stuff happens to in this wild and wonderful world we call our profession!
I was going through some of the blogs the other day and noticed that I owe you some updates – so here goes:
Like all good transactions, it got delayed. August 1st was to be the date when the new RESPA/TILA changes went into effect and all the details surrounding our beloved HUD were about to change. The new date is now October 1st – shall we take bets on if this date will come and go too without any changes?
This was the story of the home that had over $73K worth of city liens against it for things like uncut grass and dirty exterior walls. About a month ago, a local TV station actually aired the story that started with what my buyer found! The reporter had researched for a few weeks and found other homes with similar, but not as high, liens against them and brought them all into the forefront on local TV. The report exposed the city for verging on “corrupt behavior” and after much public scrutiny, the city backed down. The home is still for sale, but the liens have been reduced to a mere $2750 which are actually back owed utility liens that are more in line for what a buyer may be willing to pay to get this home. My dad was right – take it to the press and the issue gets resolved!
My “Dumb and Dumber” sellers. Believe it or not, after returning from vacation, Dumb’s house got a contract on it! It was about $20K less than the listed price and the buyers saw it months earlier but had to sell their home first which they did. I had a very long talk with “Dumb” to which I made them see the light and they accepted the offer. The inspection went well and we close next Friday. Dumber, on the other hand, never saw the light – in fact, the bulb was burnt out. After seeing other homes Dumber still did not get it that their home was overpriced and the comments from all the buyers that it needed too much work never sunk in. We parted ways and it remains off the market to this day, with the tax liens still unpaid.
I had an overwhelming response to this blog from last week! The majority of folks said that Agent B should never have taken the listing based on what happened to Agent A and since they were partners, it was the principal that mattered most.
Who knows what the next year of blogging will bring – one thing I do know for sure is that just when you think you heard it all, something so crazy, so bizarre, so “out of left field” comes at you and all you can do is shake your head and write the next blog about it.
Kay Conageski is a professional Realtor® with The Keyes Company based in Plantation, Florida. Check out her RESAAS profile ›