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#### jedikaiti

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##### Re: Home Buying Etiquette
« Reply #60 on: January 05, 2014, 09:39:53 PM »
Having recently bought in the US, I would not DREAM of not having a my own buyer's agent. If that agent happened to have a house I liked for sale at the time, and I trusted them to handle the deal responsibly, that's fine. But I would not do a real estate purchase (or sale) without my own agent. If I found a FSBO I liked that wouldn't work with my realtor, well... too bad.
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##### Re: Home Buying Etiquette
« Reply #61 on: January 05, 2014, 09:40:35 PM »
When I helped a friend who was looking at houses, one place he looked at (and ultimately ended up buying) the  current owners stayed while we did the viewing, which was really uncomfortable and awkward feeling.  When my parents sold their place, we always went out when the listing agent called to arrange viewings.  We'd go to a movie or out for ice cream.  It was the agent working for my parents who escorted potential buyers.  As far as I know, this is standard for where I am.

One place I looked at was filled with junk.  It seemed to me that the previous owner had passed away in the house and it was listed for cheap to move it quickly so the family members (or whoever) ended up having to settle these affairs wouldn't have to clean it out.  It made it a lot harder to get a feel for the place, its structural soundness or what needed repair because I could barely get near the walls and could hardly see the floors.  The decor was horrendously outdated and the place had not been properly cleaned in some time.  If you're going to sell a house, for heaven's sake, at least vacuum!  The  place had a horrid creepy vibe to it anyways and I decided I wasn't interested in seeing more after only being there about ten minutes.
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##### Re: Home Buying Etiquette
« Reply #62 on: February 21, 2014, 09:45:53 AM »
I sold my last place and relocated, so I'm currently hunting.  I toured a place that I thought had a wonderful floor plan, a great yard, and was in a wonderful subdivision.  The problem -- the house had about 3 of those faux candle air fresheners in each room.  The realtor waxed poetically about the seller being so motivated.

As I toured the place, I realized that renters had trashed it and been evicted.  The range was missing burners.  The jetted tub was missing a panel on the side. The screened back door had been shredded.  The air fresheners were out to mask a smell.  Once my mom ran interference with the agent and I walked (alone) into the master bedroom closet, I realized the air fresheners were covering mold.  The house had been partially flooded.

It was an appropriate price if it was in normal move in condition (i.e. changing paint or replacing bathroom fixures with brushed nickel) but it was significantly over priced for all new flooring and potential wall board and structural integrity challenges.

If the seller is that motivated, instead of putting out her Costco lot of Renuzits (air fresheners), she could have painted the house cream, recarpeted and put burners on the range.