I sold my apartment in one week without using a real estate agent (Part 2)

I put up my “Apartment for Sale” sign on a Sunday and by Wednesday, I received my first offer for it.

The lady who called said “Sell it to me. Please reserve it for me and don’t show it to anyone else” I told her that if she wants to do that she’d have to pay me a deposit.

Later after viewing the place, she informed me that she was helping her aunt to buy the apartment. “My aunt lets me handle everything and she doesn’t know a thing” she told me. And then she made an unusual request. “Could you raise your asking price to my aunt by RMXXX and after you receive your payment, could you pay me that RMXXX amount? This way you will still get your asking price” This lady was not young herself. She was probably about 50-60.

I was of course happy to get my asking price but hubby and I deliberated over what she asked of me. We were not happy to raise the amount to her aunt because it made us feel like partners in crime to cheat her aunt and so we being rather honest and perhaps too straight people told her “We will not raise the asking price to your aunt but we will still pay you the RMXXX that you are asking for. This will mean that we will get the asking price less RMXXX.”

Maybe we were a bit silly but it made us feel better. But you know what?!!! To my shock, she then told me “Oh! In that case, can  you raise your asking price to  my aunt by RMXXX and pay me RMXXX times  2?” Oh my goodness the cheek of the woman!!! So unbelievably greedy! I mean I was willing to get paid a lower amount so that she didn’t have to cheat her aunty and she took advantage of that fact and wanted to ask for more $$$ or get more out of the transaction! So unbelievable!

Anyway, we made an appointment for her to pay us the deposit the next day.

Oops! This post is getting long. I’ll talk about the counter offer in another post.


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8 thoughts on “I sold my apartment in one week without using a real estate agent (Part 2)

  1. Wow. That is a little despicable.

    Yes, I almost didn’t want to sell to her but a business deal is a business deal, putting emotions aside.

  2. the cheek of dat woman… to cheat her own family member. if i were u, i’ll ask to speak to her aunt direct, since the aunt’s the real buyer.

    Thats the problem. The aunt is a sweet old housewife who didn’t know much about such things. She just smiled and nodded at everything each time we met.

  3. wah really too much la that lady. Anyway, will u also share what we need to know/ do for selling our own properties. I also very kiamsiap to give agent fees.

    I’ll be happy to share and I need to write the procedures down before I forget in case I need the info again next time but at the moment, I’m just so busy, no time to do so.

  4. wahhh..cannot believe this! so greedy la she! I will sure ask to talk to her aunty directly..instead of going thru her!

    Thats sometimes easier said than done.

  5. This woman is one greedy and dishonest person. Pity the aunt for trusting her “shake head”. Hope you didn’t have to pay her the xxxx amount.

    Yes, I paid her the xxx amount. It was a gentleman’s agreement although not written and certainly very despicable! (but I made sure I did not “collaborate” with her and charge her aunt more than what was agreed. What I paid her was out from my pocket in the sense that I took less from the selling price)

  6. I’d have accidentally told the aunty that, “Oh, and I’ll pay RMXXX for the commission she asked for.”

    Because if the woman can cheat her relative on this purchase, she’s going to cheat on other things as well. Better that the aunty is forewarned of this. Maybe she would ask the aunty to pay RM1,500 for an old second-hand fridge for the apartment.

    Then I’d sell to the 2nd offer, who seems to deserve the apartment more.

    Well thats one way to go about it but at the end of the day, it was a business deal and what I wanted was to sell my apartment by the rules, not play moral police. (and the rules according to my lawyer was to offer it to the first offeror and if they accepted, the deal was done).

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