I bring you the next #realestateproblem to my blog! Grab the cup of coffee and a side of whiskey or vodka as you will discover that a good stiff drink was needed after this family’s story.
To help keep folks name’s private here you have their new names:
Buyer Agent: Sunny
Family A: Buyer
Family B: Seller
It’s a warm day in SoCal, there is a gorgeous home for sale in a great neighborhood. This home has attracted a few folks including the “Buyer Family”. Sunny calls the agent and they set up a time for Sunny to meet with “Buyer Family”. The Buyers check out the home and take it upon themselves to touch things in the home and re-arrange things. This includes turning on game systems and rummaging through documents in the kitchen. Seller’s house sitter comes home to discover the mess that was made. The agent receives a call and has to give Sunny a call about the condition of the home. The agent is assured that Sunny will monitor the family more closely.
The Buyers decide this is the home of their dreams! In the coming weeks the Buyers would visit the home again, again and then at the end of the day leaving their child’s shoes behind. Sunny says leave shoes on porch and they will get them soon. Soon? Really…
Felony in progress…
Fast forward to a few months after the Buyers move in. The agent gets a call from the Seller family that some boxes erroneously have been delivered to the Buyer’s address. The agent calls Sunny. Sunny states that she will get in contact with the Buyers. The house sitter tries a few times on her own to see if anyone is home to get the boxes. A day goes by and the agent hasn’t heard back. Agent calls Sunny, and is asked how many boxes were delivered. The Seller states to agent that it could be 10 boxes. Sunny says the Buyers want to only put out what is necessary.
Excuse me? 7 or 10 boxes it doesn’t matter, if it has the Seller’s name on the box it belongs to them!
After a bunch of back in forth the Seller’s finally get their boxes. To their surprise the Buyers have been accepting their packages and opening them. This included Bark Boxes where they removed the dog toy stuffies and left the dog treats in the box. They opened a box of shirts and since they were specialized to the Seller’s they placed it back in the box and then there was a bunch of medical supplies! Those were left alone. The Seller’s now question whether or not other items mailed didn’t get forwarded appropriately and what the Buyers may be keeping to themselves.
Agents please walk with your families when showing homes with young children. I understand that you need to keep yourself safe while showing homes but allowing the family in the home to rummage through other’s things is unacceptable.
Seller’s things of value should be placed in safe places and out of reach of children.
Buyer’s this is not your home YET! Please be respectful of other’s things. Do not touch! Eyes only other than to peek into closets, pantries, etc. Otherwise, hands off!
If you receive packages or mail that doesn’t have your name on it, simply decline the package or write “Return to Sender”. It is not yours to keep, rummage through, take, sell….etc. It’s called a FELONY! (https://legalbeagle.com/6293417-federal-mail-not-addressed-you.html)