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What if the sellers won't leave the house..?

We should close on a short sale this Wednesday.  It looks like the sellers aren't in a hurry to leave. Drove by today and nothing is moved or looks like it's been packed.  What if they decide they aren't in any hurry to leave?  Also, the agents are suggesting that we can sign the papers then do the final inspection.  Has anyone heard of this...?
Any ideas on getting the sellers out of the house?
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I agree with Michael.  Do your walk though first.  Why not not ask the sellers when they plan on moving.  I've had many sellers move the of or just before closing. If they say that they don't have movers coming til after you are suppose to close, posptone the closing. Not only do you not want something to be taken that shouldn't be, but you don't know if the movers will damage anything (the wall, flooring) during the move. You also want to make sure there are any hidden suprises like a large hole in the wall behind a bookcase that just happened to not be mentioned.  This happened to one of my buyers. Doing the walkthrough first allowed my buyers to renegotiate with the bank. And last if the sellers don't leave and you know own the house, you will have to evict which takes time and money.
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July 06 2012
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My god, we are having the same problem!! We also have renters in the same house on top floor and they don't want to leave either. We already closed on the property and allowing them to buy back an add'l 10 days, and still having problems getting all of them the heck out.  If you gotten any ggood advice from anyone, please let us know because we are ready to resort to confrontation.
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July 05 2012
with short sales, this is often a real problem. Usually the short sale agreement with the bank is only good up till a certain day, so if you hold up closing till they leave, you could lose the deal. However, my experience has been that the bank will almost always extend the agreement and wait.

Try to do your walk through the day of closing. Before or after signing won't matter, as you can instruct the title agent NOT to record until you tell them too.
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April 24 2010
If you do the walk through after you sign the papers and you discover -tah dah! they're still in the house, or they took the appliances or (yes it happens) they took the kitchen cupboards and yikes the toilet, you will have almost zero legal recourse.
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