Yes, Mr. Seller. There really IS that much wrong with your house.
These buyers were friends of mine. Close friends. I helped them look for Wenatchee real estate for about a month until they found a home they really liked. It looked like it needed some work but on the outside appeared in decent shape.
The house was an investment property. It had been a rental for several years and now the owners were selling it. The seller was also the listing agent. Her husband was also the one who did any and all repairs when the renters had moved out. As a buyer's agent, I got the run around about how much work needed to be done when the renters moved out. As if he wanted me to feel sorry he had to put in so much time and money. Um, excuse me? This is your own house and if you want to sell it, that's kind of a given.
We had the inspection. This was the most thorough inspection I had ever seen. This inspector spend 4 hours with us dissecting every nook and cranny of this Wenatchee home. I had expected a few issues but this inspector (whom I had never used before) found 356 items in need of repair or replacement! Whoa! This house was only 15 years old! I can't imagine how that could be. But after further inspection I noticed that the owner had done shotty work, cut corners and practically used the equivalent of duct tape to mask certain issues.
I dicussed this with my buyers. They still really wanted the home but knew there was some issues that needed to be addressed. They chose quite a few (but compared to the report was very minor). I attached a copy of the inspection to the contingency as sent it on it's merry way.
I immediately got a call from the homeowner saying, "how could you tear my house apart like that?" - "Where did you find such a ridiculous inspector?" - "The way he makes it sound is like my house isn't fit for a dog!"
He was pretty irate about the report but it is what it is. I said, he was willing to pay for another inspection if he felt a second opinion was needed. But there were many things that the buyers were not asking for. They were simply asking for major things which posed safety or hazard problems.
Well he wasn't happy but agreed to most of the requests. We stayed quiet and let him think about it. In the final walk through we found the issues barely repaired and shotty work yet again since he did all the work himself again, but my buyers were willing to take the house anyway and work on it as they went.
I felt as though this husband and wife team were really ganging up on me and my buyers during the entire time while we were simply looking out for ourselves. I hate feeling like I am the one that has the problem when in fact it's the other guy that is just trying to make me feel guilty. The old adage, looking out for #1 is pretty typical but this pair was quite a piece of work.
For more tips and to visit my favorite associates in Wenatchee real estate, feel free to visit Windermere Wenatchee. NOT the company where this couple works!
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