The owners were asking $10 million for their Los Angeles home. They had plenty of interest and traffic, but no one who looked at their home ever made an offer. After months of no interest, the couple’s wise real estate agent began checking with the other agents who had brought in the prospective buyers to see why the disdain for what should have been a desirous and primo property. It turns out that the couple’s housekeeper, fretting that she would lose her job if the house sold, was offering asides to the touring prospective buyers to warn them away from a purchase. Barking dogs, canyon echoes, and raucous neighbors were just a few of the housekeeper’s yarns spun in the name of job security. The couple’s real estate agent told them that as long as the housekeeper was there, their house would not sell. The advice? Make sure the house is vacant when prospective buyers come. The house sold within weeks once the housekeeper was not around to offer fake warnings. Children, neighbors, and relatives have all been known to sabotage sales for a variety of reasons but all the same goal: make the sellers stay put.
Watch your back when selling your home: from offspring to the keepers of the castle, these third parties are good at brutal sabotage.