Homing Instinct

Sellers frown on Buyers moving in before closing, for about 27 (valid) reasons.  See, “Move-in Agreements & Rent-Backs”; and “Real Estate Chutzpah.

But, the Momma raccoon that set up housekeeping in my client’s window well hardly asked anyone’s permission.

And since my clients moved out-of-town well before closing, it fell to the Buyer — and specifically, their pre-closing walk-thru inspection — to discover them.

Instead of insisting that the Seller call animal control (or an exterminator!), however, the Buyer graciously decided to leave the Momma and baby raccoons alone, and let time — and a helpful 2 x 4 they put in the window well — take its course.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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