Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): My buyers are canceling, your sellers should be thanking them

My buyers are canceling, your sellers should be thanking them


My buyers are canceling, your sellers should be thanking them

Some sellers are just not ready to sell but they list their home for sale anyway, only to play catch up with things that should have been done.

When the buyer client decides to cancel, the seller should be thanking them for so many reasons:

  • "Thanks for providing a free copy of your home inspection report, so I know what needs fixing, and should have done already."
  • "Thanks for opening escrow so I can order the survey which should have already been done."
  • "Thanks for making me take care of outstanding easement agreements with neighbors, which should have been done ages ago."
  • "Thanks for reminding me that the deed for my newly subdivided property isn't ready and now it's getting done."
  • "Thanks for pointing out that the building has termites so I can take care of that."
  • "Thanks for encouraging me to give the tenants notice so the home is vacant and clean."
  • "Thanks for bringing up those old child support liens on the prelim report, that should have been wiped off years ago."
  • "Thanks for letting me know my property manager has been doing a poor job, so I can fire them."
  • "Thanks for insisting that I pay all overdue HOA fees and property taxes, which should have been paid by now."
  • "Thanks for helping me get a realistic grip on pricing, so I can lower it to attract more buyers."
  • "Thanks for helping me get the property ready for a quick and smooth sale to the next buyer!"

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Mahalo ~ thank you

Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers

161 Wailea Ike Place C-103B, Wailea HI 96753

127 Hana Hwy. #G, Paia HI 96779

800 667-5028 ex 8241

direct: 808 283-0635


Comment balloon 14 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • October 07 2014 09:51AM


Basically "Thanks for reiterating all the things I've neglected because I thought I could get away with it" :-)

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 4 years ago

Sort of overwhelming but I can see your point and appreciate it Georgie!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 4 years ago

With all that information at the least it primes the pump for the next potential buyer.

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) over 4 years ago

Very good point Georgie.  Just hope the sellers take the info and work with it.

All the best.


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 4 years ago

Too funny but now at least you should be ready to go for the next buyer.

Posted by Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life (Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ over 4 years ago

Georgie Hunter That's taking the glass half full and making good use of the effort to get ready for selling.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 4 years ago

Aloha Georgie,

Yuck, sorry you had to go through that mess. I always suggest if a home is over 7 years old to have an inpection done before putting it on the market.

People get a little deluded when they see a rusted Quonset hut sell for several million dollars in Hawaii and think, oh I can sell my defered mainanence, unpermitted DYI "improved", termite infested tear down for asking price. The originally permitted 2 bedroom, 1 bath evolves into a rambling unpermitted single wall constructed 5 bedroom 2 and 1/3 bath just waiting to be blown away in the next tropical depression. The seller thinks shoots brah, it's Hawaii.

Unfortunely for your seller, without the beach frontage or specific address people are actually looking for a habitable structure on the property they intend to buy with legal title, no leans, with inspected and functioning utilities. 


Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) over 4 years ago

We see this all the time, so many things need to be completed before the closing date.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 4 years ago

Thanks for your comments. I'm just saying that these are things sellers should be doing before listing. Not all of this happened at once, but each thing has happened on different occassions, and my buyers have cancelled because they wanted to move forward but these things got in the way.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 4 years ago

Georgie, it is very frustrating to have the buyer and spend money on an inspection report and maybe an appraisal and have the seller refuse to work to correct safety or material defects.  Some sellers just don't get it what they need to do to have their house sell at the highest price possible.

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) over 4 years ago

Safety is a no-brainer. I'm not sure what the heck the issue really is, Bruce Walter. Oh, well! Love and light regardless! 

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 4 years ago

Thanks again. Get those listings ready for sale and get em sold!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 4 years ago


I totally get that. The sellers should be prepared

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

Georgie- this is so true and funny!  I have had seller that refuse to do anything and end up doing it all anyway- and they accept a lower offer than they would have received if they had listen to me from the beginning... 

Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) over 4 years ago

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