You like the house. Scratch that. You absolutely love the house.
You've looked at all the homes in your price range. You started with an online home search. Many of the homes you wanted to see and that you were tracking online sold before you even got a chance to see them in person. You walked through the doors of this one and instantly you were in love. Yes, love at first sight does exist especially when it comes to homes.
Desperately you look around the house trying to find something wrong but you cannot. You even love the color they painted the second bedroom. Who would have thought it? Neon Green. Somehow it works.
The seller happens to be home and you decide to engage them in conversation... see what you can find out. You've got a few questions before you make your final decision. Despite being advised against it by their REALTOR, the seller is more than willing to talk to you.
Shut Your Mouth! 10 Things a Homebuyer Should Never Say to a Seller
1. Our mortgage lender said we're approved for $625,000 -- Wow! You just gave away the farm! The house was listed for $615,000 and they would have probably accepted $608,000. Now the seller knows what you can afford and they're not going to budge on price.
2. We really want to be in the home before school starts for the kiddos -- Your motivation and your timing is your business -- not theirs. Hmmm? Do you think the seller can use this information to their advantage?
3. Our first baby is on the way -- check out my baby bump! -- Again, the seller now knows you're pretty darn motivated to move out of your one bedroom apartment. Did you think they didn't notice the pregnancy?
4. Are there many [Insert Minority Group] living here? -- Besides being a downright offensive question, how does someone answer this. Their REALTOR can't tell you. Don't put others in the difficult situation of hearing such a question and making yourself look prejudiced. Housing Discrimination is BAD, WRONG, and by the way ILLEGAL.
5. I just love what you've done with the kitchen? -- Thought you were just being polite. Oh yeah? We paid $58,000 to upgrade it and now that we know you love it, you're going to pay us for every penny!
6. Can we buy your furniture? -- You're buying the house. Now you want the used furniture too? This must be negotiated separately outside of the real estate contract. Oh, and don't even try to involve the real estate agents in these dealings. REALTORS sell homes -- not furniture. There's plenty of furniture stores (and they all seem to be perpetually running GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALES!)
7. How are the neighbors? -- This is kinda like a thinly veiled version of Question #4. Plus, they may love the neighbors, but that doesn't mean that you will. Also, neighbors move. So even if they're great or horrible, that shouldn't play too much of a part in your purchase decision.
8. Is your price negotiable? -- Duh. You've just told the seller "We like your house, but we think the price is too high." What are they going to say? They can't really say NO and they can't really say YES. Remember, everything in life is negotiable.
9. Can I look in here? -- "No you can't, we're trying to hide something. We don't want you to see the corpse we're storing in the basement." Can you imagine a seller saying that? Hey, you're buying a house. The biggest purchase you might ever make in your life. You're going to look in every nook, cranny, and corner of the house whether they like it or not. You're going to look in the closets and under the rugs. And if you don't, you can be sure that the home inspector will.
10. Let us cut out the agents and do this deal ourselves -- BAD IDEA. You might think you're winning, but everybody loses when this happens. Would you get on an airplane and say "let's bypass the pilot and fly this thing ourselves?"
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