|I knew it was going too smoothly...
||[Dec. 22nd, 2009|11:13 pm]
Okay. Offers in on four houses. One person's saying "You're offering what you think our house is worth; we think it's worth more," and I'm saying "actually, I *offered* what I thought it was worth, but my estimate has dropped. G'bye now, good luck selling that house, it's really not that bad." |
So, offers in on three houses.
No word on one.
A counter of "you want closing costs? Fine, we'll bump up the price a bit and split them."
But, the house is going as-is, and it probably needs work. And, one of the things it needs is a roof, which, hey, don't all the best roofing projects start in winter? Uh, yeah.
Final house: scribbles on the financial paperwork. Who the heck scribbles on financial paperwork? And asks if we can maybe close by EOY when EOY is less than 10 days away, and I was asking to close 1/15/10?
This is the aggravating thing. The final house is a slight favorite over the next best. But I don't trust the final house's selling agent all that much any more.
Does anyone out there in LJ-land know an ace home inspector? Because if you can't trust the seller (and it's an estate sale, so there's no compulsion to supply the list of "stuff that we know that's not so hot about the house") then we need to be doubly sure of the inspection.
Home inspectors don't have a nationwide licensing system that I'm aware of. Does your state require any credentials/registration/whatever? Lacking that, I'd look for someone with other professional credit, like a PE license.
If in doubt, doubt. You don't *have* to buy a bad roof in December. Or an electrical system 50 years behind code. "Other fish in the sea."
Agreed, I don't have to buy those things. But I also don't want to take a pass on a perfectly good house just because the seller's agent is a dip.
For what it's worth: When I was making the offer on this house, my buyer's agent told me I could cross out anything on the early paperwork I didn't like. So that's not all that unusual, at this stage of the game; maybe they were just sloppy. It's OK to ask your agent to ask their agent exactly what they meant to delete. If it's just the FHA loan stuff, no problem, you aren't going that route anyway.
I understand your qualms, but I think you can proceed cautiously and at your own pace. They asked if you could close early? They're probably trying to get a tax deduction this year. But you can tell them "no thanks." And you have plenty of opportunities to back out of the deal yourself if it smells.
It's a nice house, and I think it's worth hanging in there till you get your questions answered or decide that the seller is, in fact, batshit crazy - but it's not the only nice house. In the words of the late, great Douglas Adams: Don't Panic.
For what it's worth: When I was making the offer on this house, my buyer's agent told me I could cross out anything on the early paperwork I didn't like. So that's not all that unusual, at this stage of the game; maybe they were just sloppy.
Yes, but I told you about that particular scribble. We're going to get it fixed, of course, but it's the kind of thing that makes you realize you just can't trust the person. Sloppy or whatever, it's still not a good situation.