The other day, my buyer client wanted to add a specific home to our upcoming tour. So I looked into the property and based on the description and other data, the house appeared to be a good match. So I requested an appointment.
I received a response back from the listing agent asking me to sign a form. So I opened up the form and read it.
The form was a Release and Hold Harmless agreement for a foreclosed property. I've seen these before, but the few times I did, they said something like "Warning, there may be mold, you've been warned" or something like that.
This time, the form started out with:
The undersigned (that would be me) ackowledges that:
The seller has disclosed to the undersigned the condition of the property and that the property presents a risk of personal injury or death.
The form went on to say I've been apprised of the health risks, and am entering the property anyway, and I won't hold anyone accountable for anything that happens. It also stated the same applied to anyone who I brought with me.
So I went back and read the MLS listing again, to see what kind of information the seller had provided that defined something that could be harmful. I must have missed it.
I found nothing! Neither in the agent remarks nor in the public remarks. The house sounded great. There was nothing in the pictures that looked fishy either.
So I texted the listing agent and let her know that the seller did NOT disclose anything about the condition of the property, so what exactly was it about the property that could kill me?
Her answer was essentially that the form was standard, it's used all the time, no worries.
She did not answer me about what kind of issues existed in the property.
So I explained the conversation to my buyer and they decided not to see it. I'm glad. Sorry, I'm not signing some form when I don't even know what the heck is wrong to begin with. And I'm not signing a form that says I'm aware of issues, when I'm not. And I'm not agreeing to my potential death. Nope. Not happening.
Have you ever said no to a showing request?