I can honestly say EVERY day is a learning experience in the real estate business.  You learn a lot about people and their character.  You see a lot of greed and sometimes it is simply pure silliness.

When purchasing a home buyers can ask for some strange things.  Lenders do NOT want to see any personal property on the contract because it throws off the values of the property when personal items are attached.  If for example the sellers is including in the contract a vintage jaguar that is worth $20,000 an appraiser would have to some how make sure he works out the jaguar from price.  Most people are NOT in the habit of giving away $20,000 cars so there fore the agreed sale price must but about $20,000 higher than the real value yes?

I have seen buyers ask for the purple throw rug and shower curtain in a bathroom, sofa’s, pool tables a real BIG ask you see often.

Here is a list of some unique requests from the lender perspective compliments of our friends at Paramount Mortgage


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Just for Fun – Homebuyers’ Most Unusual Requests

Check out these “homebuyer requests” stories from real estate agents:

Some parents ask for a ball pit or a bouncy castle in a recreation room. Mike Lombardo, a real estate agent at Old Glory Realty, says he’s also gotten requests from parents for a bathroom with two toilets so they can do their business together, and a request for a second story balcony where they and their kids could jump straight into the backyard pool. But he says nothing beats the request from parents to find them a haunted house. “They wanted their child to have the experience to play with the ghosts,” he said.

“A buyer asked me to include the seller’s dog, a poodle, as part of the contract. He was serious. It was more of an entitlement issue with this buyer-‘I can get anything I want because I’m wealthy, offering cash, and a good price’-than that he was a dog person. Of course, the sellers loved this dog and would never give her up. The home was eventually sold to a family who had their own dogs. I stopped working with this client and referred him to a local dog shelter.” Tanaz Akhlaghi, associate partner with The Partners Trust in Beverly Hills, CA

“After several hours of inspection, discussion, and long drawn-out decision-making, doors locked, everyone leaving, the buyer says, ‘I want you to unlock the house and let me back in, then turn on the hose, and make it rain on the house so I can hear what it sounds like.’ I said no. Please note, I’m actually very accommodating, but declined for good reasons. Thankfully, we sold the house.” Candace Gunther, associate partner with The Partners Trust in Pasadena, CA

“The client was a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. We were exploring the basement of one house, when he pointed at the wall and said, ‘I will buy this house if they give me that.’ By ‘that’ he meant a framed poster of NSync. He was apparently a huge fan of the boy band! We had four more showings, but he demanded we pull into a restaurant and write the offer immediately that included the poster. Unfortunately, he didn’t win the bid on the house, so he had me reach out to the agent and ask if he could buy the poster from the owners. They said no. It took him a week before he would look at any other house, he was so heartbroken.” Sarah Bowles, brokers associate for Colorado Homes Denver

“When a buyer came to an open house, I served chocolate chip cookies from the decadently famous Levain Bakery-eight cookies for $49. When we started negotiations, he said he’d take the deal only if I threw in a box of the cookies. I thought he was joking and said sure. But when I got the deal sheet the next day, he’d written in ‘a box of the cookies that were offered at the open house.’ Later on, during our final walk through, he said, ‘You’d better not forget my cookies.’ I brought eight to the closing, which he ate right then and there and got mad I didn’t bring milk!” Frank Seegitz, real estate agent for Douglas Elliman in New York City, NY

“I had a client looking for a high-end apartment ($7,000/month) who was heavily into Kabbalism and numerology. So he said I couldn’t show him buildings with specific addresses if the numbers were ‘bad,’ and could only show apartments that were on specific floors and that had specific unit numbers.” Matt Sadewitz, Real Estate Broker for Douglas Elliman in New York City, NY

“I represented the seller of a two-bedroom apartment that got an offer the first day on the market. Only my seller couldn’t move immediately, because their new residence was not ready. In order to not lose the deal, the seller agreed to let the buyer-which included a husband, wife, child, and two dogs-move in for a month. They all piled into the seller’s apartment, and all became great friends.” Deborah Solomon, real estate broker with Douglas Elliman in New York City, NY

Jerry D’Agostino Senior Loan Officer

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