Warren County Ohio Real Estate News and Observations: A Gut Punch Out Of The Blue

A Gut Punch Out Of The Blue

powAs much as I'd like all the news I deliver as a real estate agent to be great news, that's not reality.

Not every home for sale gets swamped with offers above asking price.

Sometimes a buyer's offer loses out in multiple offers.

Sometimes something happens during the process that prevents the successful sale of a home.

Those are all things that can happen.  Some you expect, but the worst are the ones that come in out of the blue.


The deal that looked golden gets derailed.

But we were just a week away from closing!!

But what about that preapproval letter?

Loan denied?

Shouldn't this have been identified at the BEGINNING of the process?

All questions to ask.

A chance to seek alternatives.

The realization that there's no saving this deal.

A different lender is going to have the same answer.

Only the passage of time can fix this.


Take the punch, then deliver the bad news.

Not using email to relay the bad news.  No using pixels to give the seller the bad news.

Take the gut punch, then have to pass it on.

Real estate, it's not all fun and games.

Some days are better than others.



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Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz


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Comment balloon 8 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • May 06 2019 11:52PM


That's the worse! So sorry to hear that your deal fell through. You have the exact attitude though - suck in a breath, deliver the bad news, and then regroup. I hope everything works out. Wishing you all the best.

Posted by Emcee M. Arah, Realtor w/Architectural Dimension, AHWD CRS B-Arch (Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD) 4 months ago

Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. You can only do so much to keep a transaction together. The only cure is the next successful closing.

Posted by Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy (HomeSmart) 4 months ago

Liz and Bill Spear My version of that is when I learn clients have backslid enough that it seems there's been no progress after all. It's discouragin and painful and you can only continue to encourage them to remember that they have and can make improvements.

Posted by Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes (Casual Uncluttering LLC) 4 months ago

Bill _That  is not a good day. No matter how it is handled but it sure needs a personal touch. I thought I had a bad day  

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 4 months ago

That's terrible. Sometimes these things do happen, and it is an awful moment when that conversation with the client has to take place.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 4 months ago

Good morning Bill. This is so true and very important. Gut punches happen and it matters how you convey the news.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 4 months ago

Hi Bill,
No one can expect to go through life without a few (or a lot) of sucker punches out of the blue.  I find the best approach is to deal with them head on then move on.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 4 months ago

Hello Liz and Bill - unfortunately not all news is good but bad news doesn't suddenly become better.  Swift, professionally delivered and some heartfelt understanding help the situation.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago