The High Road: Say ‘hello’ to the seller from hell

(Flickr photo by Komodoro)

While most sellers can be delightful clients, it is not unheard of for some of them to be cantankerous, querulous or downright nasty.

A broker friend recently told me about a seller of hers who beats them all.

After she managed to get an unthinkably high price, between $1 million and $2 million, for the couple’s Manhattan co-op, they contracted to close in July.  The buyers wanted to settle the transaction in time for their two kids to adjust for school in the fall and so sold their own place in relation to the closing.

It is not irrelevant that “Manny” told my friend “Lily” not to deal with his wife, who happens to be the sole owner of the apartment, not even to call her.  Yet it was the wife with whom Lily had a warm relationship.  Imagine that circumstance.

A paragon of arrogance, Manny asked Lily Continue reading