Why Do I Wear Jeans and Sneakers When
Showing Homes in the Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex Area?
Well, my dear readers, it's really quite simple.
One reason is because I'm the epitome of a fashion faux paus!
I've been cited on numerous occasions for wardrobe infractions by the fashion police.
I'm often the recipient of the line, "Are you really going to wear that... in public?"
But, the real reason I dress in jeans and sneakers when showing homes in the Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area is because of a little change in our Offers to Purchase and Contract forms:
The Due Diligence Period
Yes, folks, a recent change in our offers has effected how I dress!
You see, we now have a Due Diligence period where, once an offer is accepted, the seller effectively takes the home off the market while the buyer performs their Due Diligence (ie: all their home inspections, secures financing, gets estimates, etc.).
The buyer writes a check directly to the seller; the Due Diligence Fee. This is NON-REFUNDABLE money. However, it is credited to the buyer if they close on the transaction. The buyer has "bought" the right to back out for any reason, or no reason, during the Due Diligence period. The monies kept by the seller are the "damages" for taking the home off the market if the buyer doesn't close.
Sound confusing? It can be if you don't have a buyer's agent helping you.
Get to the point Craig!
How did this change the way you dress?
OK. OK. Don't get your kilts all in a wad!
Once again, it's very simple. The reason I dress the way I do when showing you homes is because if you find a home you are really considering writing an offer on, I WILL crawl around in the attic for you.
I WILL get out my flashlight and get in the crawl space for you.
I WILL get into the accessible eaves.
Is there mold? Are there noticeable leaks? Is the crawl space more like a swamp, than dry like it should be? Have termites been feasting on the wood that's supposed to be holding up the house you're considering calling your home?
Now, I'm not a home inspector, nor do I pretend to be, and I'm adamant about my buyers having a professional home inspection performed, but I do know some "red flag" signs to look for.
Rather than having you shell out NON-REFUNDABLE money only to "discover" these problems later on, I'd rather wear my jeans and sneakers and discover them BEFORE you write the offer.
Remember, it's your money. And part of my job, as your buyer's agent, is to protect it.
I think I can best do that when I'm not in a suit and tie!
I'll wear those at the closing table!
Craig Rutman is a North Carolina Residential Real Estate Specialist that can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the Raleigh - Cary – Apex metro areas; or any place else in the country by connecting you with a relocation professional in your destination of choice.