HEY! THEY TOOK THE CURTAINS! Minot Real Estate 101

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HEY! THEY TOOK THE CURTAINS! Minot Real Estate 101

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The terms Real Property and Personal Property can be confusing if you are buying your first home. 

Most simply put Real Property is all land, structures, FIRMLY attached and intergrated equipment (like the homes plumbing and wiring) as well as anything growing on the land.

Note that it doesn't mention rugs, lamps, clothes washer or dryer, mower, or snowblower. Keep in mind those words FIRMLY attached. I've seen yard sheds disappear over that wording.

Lines 9, 10, 11 and 12 on the standard Offer To Purchase we use in Minot ND look like this:

Real Property

Also keep in mind that they may also type in the contract that they are keeping some of the window coverings... you would not want little Johnny to leave the Thomas The Train Engine curtains that matched his bedspread would you?

It's kinda like "if it's not nailed down kiss it goodby" unless you have an agent bright enough to put it in the contract.

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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Hi Bob, That is a great post that first time buyers should read.  Many buyers  don't understand that drapes are not part of a house.

Jan 02, 2016 05:50 AM #1
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

In our contract, it says all window coverings including curtains are included with the sale unless specifically excluded.  I have had issues with this in the past as well.

Jan 02, 2016 06:42 AM #2
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Ours does say "window treatments and hardware" but I'm surprised how often those things disappear anyway Belinda Spillman .

Jan 02, 2016 08:14 AM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

To avoid this I make the seller list everything that may not stsy


Jan 02, 2016 08:24 AM #4
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

This is very important information Bob. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 02, 2016 08:30 AM #5
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Great post!  That can be a fun distinction for people sometimes.  I've had buyers write the curtains into the contract before, funny thing was the seller said "Yeah, those won't fit at my new place.  I was going to leave them anyways."

Jan 02, 2016 08:32 AM #6
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Bob - It is important that buyers and sellers understand what is included as real property versus personal property. It is also important for both parties to include in writing what they want included or excluded in the purchase contract.

Jan 02, 2016 08:47 AM #7
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Bob "RealMan" Timm ,  I remember, before Real Estate, we bought a home that had a swing set in the back yard.  Thinking it would be great for when the grandchildren came to visit, it influence my buying selection. After closing, we went to the home and it had been sold to someone and they were in the process of dismantling it.  It was not listed on the contract, so we learned something that day, to pass on to our future clients.


Jan 02, 2016 09:18 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I forgot all about swing sets Larry Johnston . I just had one where we had to do some last minute negotiating on a large wood play set.

Jan 02, 2016 09:36 AM #9
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

I try to remember all the non standard things.  But a play set.  If the footings are in concrete, wouldn't it be a fixture?  How do you anchor it? (I don't have any kids)

Jan 02, 2016 11:10 AM #10
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

Our contract states the window coverings remain.  When I list a home if I see a matching bedspread and curtains, I ask if the curtains will remain in the home.  If the curtains will not be staying I note that on the listing.

Jan 02, 2016 12:36 PM #11
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Bob. I have seen people take curtain rods. It is amazing what folks do.

Jan 02, 2016 05:34 PM #12
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have seen real rows arise over curtains and sellers taking them. I have also seen buyers say I don't want them and please have the sellers remove them so I don't have to.

Jan 03, 2016 09:49 AM #13
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