At the closing the seller explained that he had left some personal items in the home and he had no way of getting them since his vehicle was broken down. So later that day, Edna transported numerous personal items (including his deceased wife's Urn!)
A local Lender contacted me stating that a Veteran/Mr. A was in dire need of selling his home. Once contact was made, I realized that the Veteran had equity in his home but was in foreclosure! I needed his Bank to work with me and the local Title Company to get the payoff amount and verify exactly where in the foreclosure process, he was. Mr. A had run into a string of bad luck and had recently locked his keys in his truck. The locksmith opened his truck but kept his Driver's License as collateral until the unlock fee could be paid. Mr. A couldn't remember which locksmith he had used. On the fourth call to a locksmith I found the correct one and negotiated with the locksmith to have the Locksmith take the Driver’s License to the Title company with an invoice which stated that the locksmith would be paid from the proceeds when the home sold. So now we were able to get the exact payoff, and the details of the foreclosure.
Then we found out The Sheriffs sale had already been scheduled and would be taking place within weeks! The home was in major disarray. After only a few minutes in his home we realized that it needed much more than a decluttering and I made a strategic decision to market directly and aggressively as a CASH only purchase. The home would not have been financeable due to its extensive delayed maintenance (buckling floors, broken windows, water leaks, etc.)
The homeowner received notice that he needed to turn the keys over for the Sheriffs Sale, so he decided to relocate and move in with a friend and forgot to tell me his new address. During the moving process his monthly disability check was misrouted and his inability to pay his cell phone bill caused it to be turned off. I was trying to contact him to make him aware that I had found a cash buyer that would purchase the home, "AS IS" and could close 3 days before the Sheriffs sale. I needed Mr. A's signature on the cash offer but could not locate him. My amazing assistant and several other awesome Realtors from my office started helping me search. We checked with the local hospitals, VA programs, DHS, local police department, and Home Health Companies. No one was aware of his new location.
There was no way I was going to let Mr. A lose his equity without knowing I had done everything! I spent several days driving around the area until we were able to locate that friend who shared that Mr. A had a son that lived in Arkansas. My assistant was able to track his son down on Facebook. The son had a general idea of where Mr. A had moved to and we were able to find him!
He signed the contract and we planned to meet for the closing in 4 days. We scheduled for him to sign at 10AM so that we could wrap it up for him and have time to file and cancel the Sheriff Sale. Mr. A didn't show up! I was booked with other appointments and asked for help from my assistant and a fellow Realtor. They drove to Mr. A's home and found that his vehicle had quit working and he had no way to get into town. So they drove him to the closing arriving at 4:40pm (with 10 minutes to spare!)
At the closing he explained that he had left some personal items in the home and he had no way of getting them since his vehicle was broken down. So later that day, I transported numerous personal items (including his deceased wife's Urn!) This was one for the books and I was so happy to get this one closed!