Silence Really IS Golden...Shhhhhh

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

   In Wisconsin it is not unusual in older homes with cement block basements, to have the walls "become uneven" or more technically "out of plumb."  The freezing and warming of the ground..expanding and basement contracting over time is the cause of this issue.  Homeowners are often unaware of this condition ...that requires a lell...not an every day measurement homeowners take in the maintenance of their homes. 

   We have worked with a foundation specialist that does outstanding work and is one of the most reasonably priced "least alarming" contractors. Unlike some others he does not recommend immediate excavation...very excavation...the placement of steel beams vertically is often the remedy. 

     A recent inspection found some out of plumb walls and dampness that the inspector recommended be evaluated. The amendment to the Sellers asked to have a foundation specialist check on this situation.  And....the Blank checkgrumbling began....the listing agent complaining about the costs..."I am not having my clients sign a blank check," she cried.
     We offered the contact information of our expert...with positive reviews on every site imaginable.  OH NO......The Seller says that's "dishonest" ...we are pushing "our contractor".  Say What  ? He apparently didn't like our spirit of contribution and how sad to have such a suspicous and accusatory attitude about someone he doesn't know in an area in which he is apparently unfamiliar. 

      The listing agent reports Mr. Seller will find his OWN contractor...that's just fine....Sign the amendment giving the Buyer the comfort of knowing the issue will be structurally resolved by professionals.   Mr. Seller will never know that he may have gotten a better price...a different warranty...and now has fanned the fire of sandboxdiscontent between him and the Buyer...sigh.

      Play nice in this sand/concrete got a great price....Ms Listing Agent...tell your Sellers to get on with the transaction and forget throwing mud at a contractor with a sterling reputation in an industry you don't know.  If we had a Seller who came from the "I harmonywill figure it out myself" school...rather than leave  a rude impression...we would have just told the selling agent and the contractor we were having the issue evaluated. Being silent about  your Sellers complaints is often the best way to continue the transaction with some harmony.

     This has been a professional suggestion post from Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty, LLC.

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Just another day in the world of real estate.  So many can't see the light in front of them...too busy finding fault.  A

Aug 14, 2019 08:49 AM #1
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, that sounds like a big problem and one that could certainly be avoided by playing nice.

Aug 14, 2019 09:05 AM #2
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Sediment can also contribute to the foundation and structure integrity of an existing homes. Prefer the property sits on a rock.

Aug 14, 2019 09:19 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We don't have a lot of rock here Sam Shueh and ohhhh those temperature fluctuations....that will do it every time !

Aug 14, 2019 09:25 AM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

So true, Sally K. & David L. Hanson . So many folks want to shoot the messenger and that never solves anything!

Aug 14, 2019 11:27 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David it is unfortunate when people start to get their back hair up, and things become confrontational.

Aug 14, 2019 11:47 AM #6
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Cooperation is always better than confrontation. Hope your transaction proceeds smoothly from here on out.

Aug 14, 2019 12:24 PM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your advice.

Aug 14, 2019 01:30 PM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Sally K. & David L. Hanson - the best policy is always to see the other point of view and play nice.

Aug 14, 2019 02:04 PM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sally and David - sometimes it is best to say SHHHH. . .Be quiet and listen carefully. . .learn and continue learning. 

Aug 14, 2019 03:55 PM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson,

I like Alexandra's answer.  It is real estate 101!

Aug 14, 2019 05:40 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sally and David- it's not a's not about who walks off the court with the ball...everyone wins if they keep their eyes on the goal and their mouths shut. 

Aug 14, 2019 06:08 PM #12
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

My opinion of someone who immediately mistrusts - they themselves cannot be trusted.

Aug 14, 2019 10:09 PM #13
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sally.

In my opinion, the listing agent should have caught the issue and pointed it out to the sellers while taking the listing.  

Aug 15, 2019 12:41 AM #14
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That's a lot of movement with many potential causes.  All of them, all of them, have to be resolved.  The foundation comes last, after the causes are all evaluated and remedied.

If I was buying and got push back it would simply be on to the next one for me.

Aug 15, 2019 03:22 AM #15
Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Bringing buyers and sellers together!

Don't run into concrete block foundations around here very often.  What does pop up on older homes is pier and post.  I have been to a number of these properties and always wonder why buyers purchase anyway.  The homes are generally OLD - 75 years or so, and appear to be ok but why get stuck with something like this?

Aug 16, 2019 02:51 PM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sally and David:

Sounds like the spirit of cooperation flew the coop on this transaction. Hope it all works out if it's meant to be.


Aug 21, 2019 04:40 PM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Ah yes Jeff Dowler, CRS the Seller had to learn thru multiple quotes and analysis that in fact our contractor was indeed correct, and beyond that saved him thousands of dollars besides.

Aug 21, 2019 04:49 PM #18
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