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Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I consider it a positive... by offering up front sellers have coverage and I control the cost of the warranty before a buyer's agent writes a contract asking for a more expensive warranty.

Nov 21, 2019 06:15 AM
Rainmaker
1,557,759
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I often wrestle with this. If you offer it, what are you subliminally saying to a buyer? Buyers are worried about all the big ticket items being old.

I don't think they are a bad thing but I'm surprised that they are now advertising on TV to the 'unhandy' on this planet as peace of mind. Big amount each year on a townhouse as example.

In the FB AR Peeps group we posted about Amazon offering a home warranty now.

Nov 21, 2019 06:05 AM
Rainmaker
1,273,339
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Coming from the auto industry, my opinion is on what is the cost.

Most times if you put that amount of money in the bank it would cover something that broke.

"You're damned if you don't and you're damned if you do!"

Nov 21, 2019 06:03 AM
Rainmaker
3,426,320
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It can be seen as a marketing strategy....  

Nov 21, 2019 05:46 AM
Rainmaker
758,742
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

They use to be common, but seem to have lost some appeal these days. Sellers should just be prepared to provide one. Some buyers will request one, others don't care. There is a benefit to activating one during the listing as a benefit / protection to sellers.

Nov 21, 2019 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
3,127,715
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Positive and possible a good risk management tool.

Nov 21, 2019 06:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Offering it how?  Seller to Buyers. Agent to Seller? Buyer/Seller to split the cost?  Sellers coverage during the listing period? 

I do not see a benefit in my market. In the scheme of things ... it is mice nuts. 

That said, if an outstanding offer comes to the seller and it includes a home warranty, the seller will likely agree to pay it. 

Nov 21, 2019 08:19 AM
Rainmaker
537,294
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Donald,

I’ve not found it to be a positive in getting more showings, offers or a better price.

I think it can signal the seller is highly motivated which may produce lower offers.

I prefer to discuss it with the seller and have them plan to offer it if needed as a part of what they do to resolve inspection issues.

Typically they pay to resolve a big issue or two and then offer the home warranty in lieu of fixing a bunch of nickel and dime stuff.

Nov 21, 2019 07:40 AM
Rainmaker
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

A question each year from my E/O carrier . . . "How many residential transactions included a home warranty?" 

They find it a risk reduction tool and so do I.

 

Nov 21, 2019 07:04 AM
Rainmaker
1,658,937
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I've always thought of it as positive. How could it be misconstrued as negative Donald Urschalitz ?

Nov 21, 2019 06:32 AM
Rainmaker
428,499
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Positive in my opinion.

Nov 21, 2019 06:23 AM
Rainmaker
745,065
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It shows support for your seller; might be helpful as a listing tool.

Nov 21, 2019 05:57 AM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Explain to me, please, how it could be considered a negative?

Nov 21, 2019 05:45 AM
Rainer
60,425
Ken Jones
Realty ONE Group Central - Freehold, NJ
There's no substitute for Experience.

Donald Urschalitz Personally, I'd rather hold this chip in my hand to bargain with if and when it may be needed during negotiations rather than just putting right out there with the listing.

Giving away too much up front leaves little to offer with during negotiations.

Nov 21, 2019 07:54 AM
Rainmaker
4,572,951
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Donald,

I have not seen it done in the luxury arena.  This is another one of those questions where "it depends" on the market. A

Nov 21, 2019 07:20 AM
Rainmaker
2,485,072
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You cannot find fault with a free insurance coverage especially since the stakes are so high on Real Estate purchases. 

Nov 21, 2019 07:15 AM
Rainmaker
2,995,338
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I've tried that in the past, it didn't help me at all

Nov 21, 2019 07:12 AM
Rainmaker
617,538
Peter Mohylsky
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

I think it is a positive but what is your goal here?  Home warranty, clean home inspection, bonus to buyers agent... do any of these things really work? 

Nov 21, 2019 07:09 AM
Rainmaker
941,060
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Positive, never could be a negative...it's a bonus!

Nov 21, 2019 07:04 AM
Rainer
193,000
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

If the seller is paying for it, then why not? Anything you can get for free is worth it.

Nov 21, 2019 07:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I think it's positive to offer one. 

Nov 21, 2019 06:38 AM
Rainmaker
5,119,544
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

it's a positive..... 

Nov 21, 2019 06:30 AM
Rainmaker
1,035,293
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Positive to get the listing.  Let buyers feel they are protected.

Nov 21, 2019 10:03 AM
Rainmaker
780,753
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

What problem does it solve?

Often warranties are offered on new construction when everything is covered by mnfg warranty.

I offer (not advertise) home warranty when the appliances merit a backup plan.  Those homes updated 9 years ago are good candidates for home warranties.

Nov 21, 2019 06:37 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I generally tell my sellers be preparted to pay for one as part of the negotiations.

Nov 22, 2019 08:15 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I quit recommending them long time ago. 

Nov 22, 2019 06:36 PM
Rainmaker
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Positive. If the buyer doesn't want it they do not have to take it.

Nov 22, 2019 05:51 AM
Rainmaker
3,364,889
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

So many variables here. Each warranty company has different coverages and exclusions. Read them carefully.

Condition and age are other factors to be considered.

Your call!

Nov 22, 2019 04:03 AM
Rainmaker
573,594
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I'd say it's a positive. It can be turned into a negative if the buyer starts nitpicking what is covered.

Nov 22, 2019 03:50 AM
Rainmaker
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Positive.

Nov 21, 2019 08:27 PM
Rainmaker
2,850,234
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Donald Urschalitz it can be positive, but it depends on the property.

Nov 21, 2019 02:26 PM
Rainmaker
712,479
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

In our area, it is standard practice for a seller to provide a home warranty to a buyer.

If the listing agent offers to provide the warranty, it can save the seller several hundred dollars.

Nov 21, 2019 01:28 PM
Rainmaker
5,503,183
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is simply a matter of personal preference.

Nov 21, 2019 12:47 PM
Rainmaker
1,559,320
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

A positive, for sure as it gives buyers an added comfort level

Nov 21, 2019 12:24 PM
Rainmaker
387,524
Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Most buyers agent will write an amount on the contract that seller is to pay for a home warranty for the buyer for one year.  The amount varies and buyer has the liberty of selecting his/her own warranty. 

Nov 21, 2019 11:17 AM
Rainmaker
1,263,312
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It's part of the contract out here in Cali.

Nov 21, 2019 10:45 AM
Rainmaker
1,254,853
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I wish I knew, we sell condos.

Nov 21, 2019 10:32 AM
Ambassador
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont offer them, but I do suggest that sellers offer them sometimes.

Nov 21, 2019 10:07 AM
Rainmaker
4,160,435
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It can't hurt, and makes the buyers feel a sense of security.

Dec 02, 2019 08:00 AM
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Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I'd say it's helpful, but not likely to be a big factor.

Nov 27, 2019 12:34 AM
Rainmaker
792,505
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

They can be a good thing especially in a home that is a dated

Nov 23, 2019 06:30 AM