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Austin TX Homes for Sale - Did They Buy the Wrong House?

Did they buy the wrong house while looking at Austin TX Homes for Sale?

Funny story... I had a closing today where the buyers didn't actually remember what the house looked like.  They came into town back in June and we saw 27 houses over two days.  This house was not their first choice, nor their second or third choice home.

However, the cards that fell into play, put this house as their choice.  I negotiated an awesome deal for them, still with them not remembering the house.

I did the walk through for them, since they were out of town, and I took a lot of pictures to send them.  They saw a couple of things that seemed familar, but not really.  I tried and tried to explain the house, but they kept telling me they trusted me.

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They flew into town last night for their closing this morning.  They drove by the house yesterday evening and looked in the windows, and were confused because it wasn't the same picture on the appraisal.

Oh no, did they buy the wrong house??

At the closing, they showed me the picture they received from the appraiser... um, there aren't bushes in the front of your house... we were all a little confused.  I was worried for a split second that we contracted the wrong house, however, I did two walk thrus with the customer service rep, so I know it was the right house.

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Everything got signed, we funded, and I told the buyers to head over to the house.  I expected a call, but didn't get one. 

I called them a few minutes ago to get a reaction, and they absolutely love the house!  I asked if they remembered it since they were now inside it, and neither one still really remembers too much about the house, but again, we saw 27 houses in the two days they were here.

But that doesn't matter. They trusted that I knew they liked that house, and they're flying home to pack their bags to bring the moving trucks!!

Boy, was I relieved to find out that I didn't mess this one up!!

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Comment balloon 19 commentsDonna Harris • August 28 2009 08:46PM


Oh my gosh, I would have had a heart attack at the thought of buying them the wrong house!  so glad for your happy ending!


Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) over 9 years ago

Janna, I've sold several homes sight unseen, so with them at least seeing it before, I knew it was the right house!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Good Lord.  You were giving me heart failure here. 
Absolutely great news.  Very happy ending.  Congratulations, and many more happy endings.



Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Donna, I'm with Janna I think I would have had heart failure.  I have a number of clients buy the house without their wife seeing it but sight unseen I have not done.  I guess in this case they did see but didn't remember though. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

ahhh, the proverbial flash in the mirror pic.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 9 years ago

Donna glad this had a happy ending. What would you have done if it were the wrong house or should we even go there, maybe not. Congratulations!

Posted by Carl Winters over 9 years ago

THERE YOU ARE!!!!!! I just now figured out that THIS is where i saw your face before.. Ha!  Even though we talked about Active Rain at lunch I still didnt put it together that you were the same Donna that I always saw...   HAPY DAY!!!!! I will read your blog and comment later.. :)

Posted by Mark and Tana Hunt, Born and raised in Austin, WE KNOW THIS PLACE! (Team Price Real Estate/Dan Price Broker) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna... I was bracing for a high drama conclusion, but I am glad for you that it all turned out so well!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Donna bravo and congratulations on closing.  YEAH everyone is happy, Have a wonderful and successful weekend.

Posted by ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team (Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals ) over 9 years ago

It is always a bit interesting when people buy sight unseen - only from photos - or after 27 houses in a couple days.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

What a sharp looking home.  Great photos! Looks great!

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Crye-Leike REALTORS®) over 9 years ago

OMIGOSH ... yep... "heart attack" thats what I was thinking... glad it all turned out. That is one advantage of having a floor plan .. the Buyers remember VERY WELL which house they liked out of the 27 they've seen  and they scribble notes in the margin and start sketching their furniture in place.

Posted by Judith Sinnard, The SMARTePLAN Lady (SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas) over 9 years ago

Donna, nice story. Congratulations on your closing. What's not to love, those pictures are great!

Posted by Lourdes Hoglo REALTOR® Three Village & North Shore Suffolk Co. Long Island (Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Sylvie, Thanks!

Marchel, I've sold several with people buying it only from pictures and videos.  It's scary, but when they can describe what they're looking for and the pictures match, it works out well.

Greg, I wasn't taking pictures for a tour or listing, just to email, so I didn't care about being in it.  Otherwise, I would have ducked!

C & C, We probably shouldn't go there...

Tana, Hey!  Yep, this is me!

Steve, There was lot of drama as we closed 2 weeks late, and the fact that they couldn't buy their first couple of choices because of lending changes...

Lynn, Thank you, you too.

B & C, I know!!  I get a little nervous, but I ask a lot of questions, and take a lot of notes.

Jim, Thanks!

Judith, True.

Lourdes, I know!  It's just shy of 4000 sqft!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Hey!!!!  What are you guys doing in my vacation house???  I never put it up for sale!

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) over 9 years ago

Nevin, I just assumed everyone would sell if they got the right offer.  Your seller docs must have been forged!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

I know an agent that sold the wrong piece of land, but a house would be a real shocker! I've had two occassions when a husband bought a house without his wife ever seeing it.  One was a real success the other was a nightmare.  I think the wife was more against the move than the house, but we had a few tense moments at the closing where I thought she would back out.  They've been in the house two years and everything is fine now (Thank goodness!)  In your story, the greatest compliment is that they trusted you and that means everything.  I think I could buy that house, sight unseen!

It's good to see another RE/MAX agent from Texas here on AR and thanks for sharing your experience.

Posted by VERONICA MCCANTS (RE/MAX Land & Homes & RE/MAX Land & Homes on the Bay) over 9 years ago

Donna:  I was sitting here, reading all about your little scenario, and wondering if you might end up having to purchase a SECOND home for yourself.  It could have been a very expensive OOPS.  I'm so glad it all turned out.  I am sure you are, too.  Have a great Sunday.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

Awesome, glad it worked out well for you!  I think that we know better than the buyers sometimes on what to purchase!



Posted by Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner (Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group) over 9 years ago