Leave Mama Home

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! wrote a post recently that reminded me of the inspection attended by both mothers-in-law of a young married couple.

They killed that deal but not before dragging it out and upsetting everyone. The young buyers loved the house but made a mistake bringing along both moms!

There was nothing right for those two women. They took the wind out of the sails of the young wanna-be homeowners. They gave knit-picking a whole new meaning. They badgered the inspector to highlight and bold every minor defect.

They thought by doing this, and they could negotiate a better price for the home. They came back with a long list of minor repairs and asked for a considerable reduction in its place.

The kids wanted the house, the parents destroyed the negotiation, and the sellers finally said no way, released the contract and sold to another buyer.

Sure let Mom and Dad be a part of your buying experience. Get their advice before making an offer, but please leave the mamas at home for the inspection!

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Comments (17)

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Well that's sure good advice.  You can't please everyone, but what a shame for the buyers.

Dec 16, 2022 07:02 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

And that goes for most parents Margaret......I know they think they're helping but they can so get in the way of the purchase going south - for no good reason.

Dec 16, 2022 08:20 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - in my opinion, it is wise to ask upfront who the decision-makers as the homebuying process begins.  After all, who is buying the property?  Behind-the-scenes stories as well as careful question-asking can lead to a better real estate experience.  

Dec 17, 2022 05:05 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Michael Jacobs, They seemed to be the decision-makers at the time of purchase, but then the inspection came and the mamas showed up.

Dec 17, 2022 10:59 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

That is sad for the buyers. I hope they learned their lesson for the next inspection.

Dec 17, 2022 05:12 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Carol Williams, I don't believe they learned. Found out this was their third home inspection, and they got out of each contract. Glad they had a buyer's agent.

 

Dec 17, 2022 11:07 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

So sad for the buyers. I hope they were able to find something else (and possibly they left the moms at home!)

Dec 17, 2022 05:25 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat Palmiotti , That's a nice thought.

Dec 17, 2022 11:09 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. Know you get tired of my quips but here come one more! Leave your Mamas at home and depend on the professionalism of the inspector and your agent Margaret Rome. Enjoy your day.

Dec 17, 2022 05:30 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Wayne Martin,

Your quips are always welcome!

 

Dec 17, 2022 11:11 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Margaret,

I hope this young couple learned a valuable lesson that will guide them for the rest of their lives. I hope they saw what their moms did and make a joint decision to leave them home and make  future decisions on their own and tell them later!

Dec 17, 2022 05:46 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

This was the third inspection with the same company. The last I heard was he canceled the contract

Dec 17, 2022 11:14 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Yikes! That was a double whammy to endure, Margaret! They most likely had the young couple's best interests at heart but when push comes to shove, they went way too far.

Thanks for the mention.

Dec 17, 2022 07:35 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Way too far, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Dec 17, 2022 12:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Margaret- I couldn't agree more!!!  And you've inspired me to write about a consultation I did. 

Dec 17, 2022 02:34 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kathy Streib, I'll be looking for that post.

Dec 17, 2022 05:23 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I agree with you 100% about leaving mama home, Margaret.  The problem is when family members or friends are entered into the sale, they rarely have the expertise to wisely guide buyers into what it takes to close the deal contractually.  

Dec 17, 2022 04:36 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Myrl Jeffcoat, They rarely have the expertise to 'wisely' guide them.

 

Dec 17, 2022 05:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 17, 2022 04:36 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks for the feature Myrl Jeffcoat 

Dec 17, 2022 05:27 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

What is the term helicopter parents?  Seriously parents, let your adult children "ADULT"! 

If they have the money to buy a house they can make their own decisions regarding THEIR purchase!  

Dec 17, 2022 07:24 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Good to see you Miss Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist. Love your comment: Let adult children 'adult' ! 

Dec 17, 2022 08:05 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret parents sometimes forget the best way to help is to get out of the way.

Dec 18, 2022 09:53 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

George Souto

Getting out of the way; would have been a perfect thing for these two mothers to do. 

Dec 18, 2022 03:57 PM