Sellers Mistakes - Easy To Lose a Sale in Redding CT

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Sellers Mistakes - Easy To Lose a Sale

There are many pitfalls to selling a house.  

Many many of these things are repeated everywhere you go....   clean up, declutter, put away pictures, price it right, etc.   

When we as agents go to a home to speak with the home owners about listing their house for sale, how many of us do the due diligence of running to the Town Hall to check on the permit situation?  Sold by Dagny's Real Estate

Have the sellers taken out a permit to put on a deck, and then forgotten to close it when they changed their minds?   

Did the furnace company remember to close out the permit they took out to replace the furnace?   


Did you check to make sure that all of the owners before these sellers had their permits closed out?

I just closed a sale that could just as easily not have closed.    The building inspector in Redding CT apparently did not habitually sign the C/Os he issued for homes and additions.    My sellers had such a situation- Three owners previously, dating back to 1989, had put a nice addition on this colonial.

No one ever signed the permit paperwork for the C/O, so when my sellers went to list their home, I discovered several open permits, one of which was that particular permit.  

There is a statute in CT that states that after 6 years, the town cannot come and make you do any changes, or evict you from your home.   However, the buyers wanted the C/O, or a letter stating that the town would never ever come after them for anything related to this permit issue.  

The C/O would have been impossible to get, since all walls, floors, ceilings would have had to be opened up, and all would have had to meet today's codes.  

Needless to say, my sellers were able to get the letter for the buyers, and all ended closed.   Whew!  But, if we had not started working on this immediately, we may have had huge delays in closing, or even lost the buyers!

You need to remember to check the permits downtown before you list!   It might come to bite you later in the sale......

For sellers it is essential to have a sales price on your home consistent with the most recent activity. We offer free market evaluations to assist you in your sale...  please call Dagny at 203-858-4853 to arrange.


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Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

I have not heard of that issue here, since the process and regulations can be different in each jurisdiction. It is still a good idea to check as a way to reassure buyers that the work was done properly. 

Jan 15, 2014 12:36 PM #1
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Dagny. Good for you, this is definitely an ounce of prevention. You certainly do represent the best interest of your seller and in turn the buyer.

Jan 15, 2014 05:14 PM #2
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Dagny, you are just one of the few who goes to the town hall to check the property records: permits, deeds, etc. I heard of someone who listed a property on a leased land Hence, it is not a fee simple property. The deal of course fell through. It was a waste of money and time expecially for the buyer.

Jan 15, 2014 08:43 PM #3
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Dagny, that's one issue I would never have thought of ... interesting.

Jan 16, 2014 03:13 AM #4
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Thaks so much   It does pay off to go to the Town Hall and be proactive!    You also gain the respect of your sellers, as few agents do this extra work..

Jan 16, 2014 03:45 AM #5
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

I too always head to town hall when I list a property.  Saves many headaches later on!  Great post Dagny!

Jan 18, 2014 03:37 AM #6
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