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.
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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.