Would You Really Tell Your Seller to Sweep It Under the Rug?

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Real Estate Agent with S & L Properties

wilmington, ncToday, I attended a class in Wilmington, NC to learn about the major NC programs that have been set up to assist first time homebuyers and present homeowners who are having difficulty making their payments.  I will save some of that info for later this week but I did want to address a statement made by one of the presenters.  She meant well, and she was trying to caution real estate agents but what she said sent chills up my spine because I could just hear a seller repeating the statement to a judge.  I'm paranoid.  She was explaining the process of the training her agency gives to the potential buyer and she reached the topic of home inspections.  She explained that some of the homes in the downtown areas may have been built before 1978, and their agency explains to their client about the new lead paint regulation.  She said to us, "...so tell your seller to be sure to sweep up any flakes and put a coat of paint over any wood that has crack or chips.  Once the inspector sees them, it is too late...the seller will have to do the $4,000 correction so save yourself alot of grief."  Would you say that to your client?  If you knew it was there, would you actually tell a client to do that?  I would certainly give them the brochure and stress the issue but tell them specifically to hide it...don't think so.  There were a few other statements I took issues with from one of the other presenters but then I decide that none of them were real estate agents so they were speaking from their affiliation with agents.  What a difference a license makes?  An agent has to be diligent when attending workshops that they verify information without accepting ideas blindly.

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Comments (3)

Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

I guess I take that as "fixing it" before it becomes a problem, rather than "hiding it."

Aug 25, 2010 04:20 PM
Melanie Ross
Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific - Benicia, CA
Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828

WOW, no way.  that will come back to bite you in the butt for sure at some point in time.

Aug 25, 2010 06:45 PM
Emmary Simpson
Las Cruces Homes and Land - Las Cruces, NM
Serving Las Cruces, NM

There is no way in the world that I would ever advice a client to just sweep up paint chips.  Talk about opening a can of worms...legal and otherwise.

Aug 26, 2010 08:02 AM