Kelley Krock has been a licensed real estate agent in the Bay Area for more than 10 years. The market has almost always been hot during her tenure, but she’s never experienced a year quite like the past one. For starters, she’d never had a seller decide she wanted to take her granite countertops with her halfway through a sale.
When many homebuyers felt the pull to upgrade their living space amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it quickly became a seller’s market. Real estate agents in the area said they’ve seen sellers making demands that aren’t only unusual, they’re making deals much more complicated. While Krock’s seller ultimately decided to leave the granite countertops when she found out she’d have to move them at her own expense, smaller items also have disappeared before the closing date, like wall sconces or Sonos sound systems.