Don't ask and Don't tell

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Real Estate Agent with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394
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We are not talking about the military here, so we do not need a political uproar. We are talking about what to disclose when you are selling your home. I interviewed to get a listing here in the Manchester NH area. As we walked through the home, I asked about a couple of red flags I saw. It was obvious there had been water in the basement and a few water spots on the ceiling. The sellers answer was "don't ask and I won't tell."

 

I let Mr. Seller know that is not how it works, and we do have to disclose anything and everything. He said "no way" and Mr. "blank: from "xxxx" company agreed and he comes from a much bigger company. If he does not have a problem, why would you?"

 

I explained the law of disclosure as well as liability. He did not care. He was not disclosing anything and I was not going to make him. Well, I did not take the listing. He did offer it to me again, but I only do things the right way. I can not say I was shocked to see the home listed and none of the items disclosed. Time will tell how that works out for them. He was just going to use a Stain covering paint to paint the ceiling. It looks good, but should be disclosed. He then installed a new sump pump to keep water out of the basement. Hiding the cause does not fix the damage sir. 

 

The moral of the story is it is better to address up front. You can get any home inspector will find these item and bring them up. Most likely the buyer will ask for them to be fixed anyway or ask for a sharp discount. It is so much easier to do it right the first time. It shows you that there is a difference from agent to agent.  That a Buyer or Seller should not choose just any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. Choose a better agent for better results.

 

My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.

 

 

To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 

 

    

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Carol Williams
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Oh My,  that sounds like troubled waters ahead for the seller and his agent. 

Jan 12, 2018 06:25 AM #11
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much, Scott, for sharing this story.

There always be some people who will not take good advice.

Jan 12, 2018 06:44 AM #12
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Transparency is the name of the game. We would never take a listing where a seller refuses to disclose - and even admits to taking steps to cover prior issues. Honesty and simple explanations can often give buyers the confidence they need to understand a prior problem has been fixed. It's the cover-up that gets folks in hot water. D 

Jan 12, 2018 07:10 AM #13
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Scott. I think you were wise to avoid this listing. You are right, there are many differences in agents.

Jan 12, 2018 07:11 AM #14
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William Feela
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There is a lawsuit in the making.  Not only  to the seller but also against the agent!

Jan 12, 2018 08:36 AM #15
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Scott Godzyk 

If one does not disclose one will find themselves in court. Being above board is the best way to be.

Jan 12, 2018 08:55 AM #16
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Bye Bye and good luck.  Disclose. Disclose. Disclose. Period.

Jan 12, 2018 09:37 AM #17
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Very good post showing we don't want every listing. Our clients need to understand we are there to protect them, we don't ask for these things because it makes us feel powerful, but it helps them. 

Jan 12, 2018 10:07 AM #18
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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It sure does Carol Williams and why i was not staying in that situation any longer than i needed

Jan 12, 2018 03:15 PM #19
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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It is a shame Roy, some think they know better and learn the hard way

Jan 12, 2018 03:15 PM #20
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It is why i did not take it, it was not worth the liability, future  hassle that is bound to happen Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Jan 12, 2018 03:16 PM #21
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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It was not worth it Sheila Anderson. He truely thought it was ok when it was not 

Jan 12, 2018 03:16 PM #22
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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That is what I thought William Feela and it was not for me. 

Jan 12, 2018 03:17 PM #23
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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It is the only way to be Doug Dawes. You have to do it right from start to finish 

Jan 12, 2018 03:19 PM #24
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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It is the 3 things taught over and over, disclose, disclose and disclose Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB and i am sticking to it

Jan 12, 2018 03:19 PM #25
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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The man was so mad when i said no Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 and he had every excuse, simply it was not fo rme if he was not going to do it right and within the law of disclosure. 

Jan 12, 2018 03:20 PM #26
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Those who don't disclose are vulnerable to the "F" word. . .And, that word is "FRAUD."

Jan 12, 2018 03:48 PM #27
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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That is so true Myrl Jeffcoat and why i stressed to him what disclosure means

Jan 12, 2018 04:04 PM #28
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Morning Scott.

Good thing you walked away, it could come back and bite both the seller and agent.

Jan 13, 2018 01:20 AM #29
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Thank you for sharing this.

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