The listing was a pretty upscale Maine home that was empty.The real estate buyer was coming home, retiring to her childhood community. And planned to buy this swanky home to spend out the rest of her days that appeared to be long and many due to her age. It would be super convenient if she could land her things at the new home in Northern Maine. To empty out her old home in Southern Maine so her new buyer could proceed to purchase. It was like the square plastic game with sliding squares...and only one hole to move in to. Like Real estate dominoes. And this home in Aroostook County was the lead reindeer pulling the property sleigh.
The seller would not have rented, did not need the money and wanted an empty home ready for the buyer to move in to. This buyer they knew, had socialized with. And the place was all set to go to the lawyers for closing. Near the tail end of the process to buy and finishing up her other sale that had to happen first. So utilities put in to her name, boxes and more boxes, furniture, her life belongings showed up. And then while in the home with a closing about a week away, I get a call that the seller had heard the buyer died. In the home. Oh oh. Never planned on that and efforts to be sensitive to the family kick in. But the seller after a few days wonders now what? The family is not going to proceed with a sale on a home not needed any more. The seller feeling like a heel if he questions what the time table is going to be to get the home back on the market. Without sounding insensitive but the home still needs to be sold and life goes on for the rest of us living on the planet. Delicate, crazy, the rug pulled out from under everyone's feet.
The seller worried about the home being a hotel for family members, folks streaming in and out with food dishes, condolences and the sight of a wake.I reminded the couple who owned the property that they had agreed to rent the place. And even though had not planned on a death, we had talked about all the things that could happen if the buyer elected to derail the sale, not buy.
Not really thinking, planning for death. No one was. But we do now when a similar situation arises.And pointing out without being morbid, this could happen. And did Mr and Mrs Seller considering a rent prior to sale factor in for the untimely event?
The sellers of this place never really recovered from thinking the place was all sold, or feeling used on the tail end, wishing no one was in the place that was spotless. They were never the same with me either, like I should have known a death was imminent. Maine real estate brokers have lots of skills from bank knowledge, legal experiences, a little Dr Phil empathy in divorce situations, settling estate sales, marketing and people skills. But still saving for the crystal ball. But knowing everything that was going to happen before it did..what would be the fun, sport, skill in all of that?