Buyers: Don't Let Me Sink Your Battleship!

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645


In the home buyer consultation, I talk to buyers about my role in our "partnership".  My role is point out all the little stuff.  The flaws in the house, the quality of the remodel, the location, the way that they want to live in the house, etc.  I am the proverbial "mom" that is showing them all the negative things that they shouldn't overlook in the process of making a decision.  If the house survives after they know the good, bad and ugly...I didn't sink it.


It is my job to read through the seller disclosure with you and look for warning signals or premonitions.  If the seller states that the roof age is unknown, I might suggest that we have a contractor take a look and see what the cost of replacement might be.  If the seller states that they have had water in one part of the basement, I am going to point it out and alert the inspector so he takes a thorough look at that area of the house.




Sometimes, parents come to see the house that their adult children have selected and they pick it apart the same way I do.  It reaffirms what is cosmetic and can be fixed easily vs. what is structural and would require a lot to fix to their liking.  I recently went to a home multiple times with a buyer where the house photographed beautifully, but the devil was in the details.  By the third time at the house, with their parents, we took a more thorough look and noticed even more oddities about this "flipped" home.  There were nice selections, but it lacked finish work details.  In other words, it was sloppy.  But not at first glance, it took a closer look....more sets of eyes to submarine that one.


No house is perfect, especially in the price range for first time home buyers.  It is about functionality and potential.  And it all depends on how long they plan to be in their first home.  Because compromise is a must.  Flooring and paint are easy.  Moving walls to create a more open floor plan is not.  Knowing your limits in the DIY department is important.  You don't want to end up spending so much to make it what you want that you will never recoup the cost!


Keep smiling!





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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

4850 Armar Drive SE Ste B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403


Mobile  319-521-0701

Licensed in the State of Iowa

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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Flipped houses can run the gamut when it comes to quality of workmanship performed.  I always suggest a home inspection.

Jul 18, 2016 02:24 AM #1
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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Great post it is very important that a home buyer has an experienced Realtor on their team. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great week ahead.

Jul 18, 2016 02:46 AM #2
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Great post, Karen!  I wish more buyers, especially first timers, would take advantage of renovation mortgage loans -- then a lot of the issues in an otherwise great home can be fixed immediately.

Jul 18, 2016 04:00 AM #3
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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I think you do a service in pointing out trouble spots before the buyers spend money on an inspection. 

Jul 18, 2016 04:53 AM #4
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


You are helping to guide your home buyers through a successful home buying process.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 19, 2016 01:59 AM #5
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I have no doubt that your buyers appreciate your expert eye and guiding hand!

Jul 19, 2016 11:16 PM #6
Ingrid Pierson
HomeTown Realtors - Auburn, CA
Making Friends & Helping Friends with Real Estate

You are right on!  There is more to any house than what is seen at "first blush".  You detailed your "partnership" well.

Jul 25, 2016 03:53 AM #7
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