Portland Real Estate Questions: Will Sellers Do ALL The Repairs?

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Portland Real Estate Questions:  Will Sellers Do ALL The Repairs?

If you've been in real estate for any length of time, you know that there are three elements which sum-up a property that's FOR SALE:  Condition, Location and Price.

Condition of the property is one of the concerns many buyers have.  Many properties that are currently on the market will be bank foreclosures, REO's and short sales.  With these types of listings, there usually are no repairs made by the sellers.  They are sold AS iS and are priced to sell in their present condition.

With traditional sales, unfortunately in this current climate, owners that have their property on the market may not have the financial ability to take care of any repairs. 

For a traditional sale, meaning no bank owned, REO or short sales, there can be room for negotiations on repairs.  But, again, with some sellers, there might not be any room left in their budgets. 

The purpose of having a home inspection done during the inspection contingency of a real estate transaction is two-fold:

  • Buyers can ascertain the condition of the property through the inspection findings
  • Buyer can use the repair report to try to negotiate repairs with the sellers

The legal language found in our Real Estate Sales Agreements states:

"Buyer shall have ___ business days (ten [10] if not filled in), after the date Buyer and Seller have signed this agreement (hereinafter "the Inspection Period"), in which to complete all inspections and negotiations with Seller regarding any matters disclosed in any inspection report."

Repairs are not a givenNegotiations of repairs are provided for in the contract.  What the Sellers will negotiate is never known and is subject to many variables including: what the buyers are requesting, the sellers willingness and/or financial ability to perform repairs, etc.

The Buyers are within their right to revoke the Sales Agreement during the Inspection Period.


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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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When it comes to the Request for Repairs phase of the escrow period, negotiations start again, and many a buyer will walk.  I think if a seller feels he did not get the price he wanted then there is going to be no further negotiation, and the buyer should bear that in mind.

May 24, 2012 05:43 AM #1
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

There are some buyers who make an offer based on all the repairs needed and after the inspection they expect the owner to pay for the repairs or get them done.

May 24, 2012 06:50 AM #2
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Carla. We have an Option Period in our State, which the buyers use to have the property inspected. Once inspected, one never really knows what the buyers are going to ask the sellers to repair, but one thing is for sure. The deal will either proceed to the next level after an acceptable agreement between the parties, as to what will be repaired, or the deal will be terminated by the buyer during the Option Period.

I always point out to my buyers that the inspections are for them to get an accurate assessment of that condition of the property. Sellers may or may not repair everything that shows up on those reports.

May 24, 2012 07:28 AM #3
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Now that the market is improving, sellers are not as willing to do the repairs the buyers requests.  Sellers want to get as much out of the sale as possible.  Makes negotiating repairs costs contentious.

May 24, 2012 08:31 AM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carla what a great Post! Congrats on the Feature! I agree repairs are never a given, that is where negotiations come into play and hopefully all parties are reasonable!

May 24, 2012 03:16 PM #5
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Carla, congratulations on your FEATURED post. There are some bank owned properties in Venice area are fixed up by the bank, in a move in condition.

May 29, 2012 02:04 PM #6
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