One of the Go Core Beliefs is “Go Believes in Magic.” Being magical really isn’t hard. Frequently all it takes is putting yourself in the other person’s shoes – then the path becomes clear. Let me show you what I mean.
I’m in the middle of a transaction where I represent the seller. It been a a pretty standard transaction and the closing was scheduled for last Monday. About a week before closing, however, the company removing the old fuel oil tank informed us that the cleanup work will not be done until about two weeks after the closing date. The bank won’t fund the mortgage until that is done, so there won’t be a closing until then.
Our contract allows for this. If needed, a closing can be delayed for up to two weeks without voiding the contract. Our buyers, however, were also scheduled to close on their current home last Monday so delaying our closing meant they were homeless [or had to cancel their other contract at the last minute, which may have been worse] for up to two weeks. Homeless meant they would have to stay with family in Charlotte, which would make life, and getting the closing done, even more difficult.
So my sellers offered to let the buyers move into the home before closing. There is a certain risk involved, as the tenant-landlord relationship and the buyer-seller relationship sometimes conflict with each other. For example, if the buyer breaks something the landlord is required to fix it even though he’s selling the place in just a few days. Nonetheless, it was an opportunity to help a nice couple out of a jam not of their own making. It will make the transaction something they will remember more positively for years to come. And sometimes that is what making magic is all about.