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Dealing With A Difficult Seller?

Phyllis HARB 2012 WEB

Phyllis Harb is a Realtor® with Prudential California Realty.
She may be contacted at (818) 790-7325 or by email
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Dear Phyllis,
We purchased our home six years ago and it was a horrible experience. Our Realtor® was great but the sellers and their agent were awful. They were all so nasty. They had to squeeze every last penny from us during the negotiations and they insisted on keeping their refrigerator. When they moved out they nicked floor tiles because the fridge opening was so tight. When we inspected the home our inspector recommended a sewer scan and chimney inspection. Getting back into the home for the additional inspectors was also difficult.

Now that home prices have gone back up we want to sell our home but we are gun shy because of the last experience.  

How can we avoid the drama and stress of dealing with troublemakers?   ~ Ken

Dear Ken,
Buying and selling a home is both stressful and emotional for both home seller and buyer. Your experience was obviously a bad one if you so vividly remember the struggle from six years ago.  You didn’t ask, but as far as the refrigerator, you might have offered to pay for it.  If the seller damaged the floor by removing it, you and your agent should have addressed this with the seller.   The contract binds the seller to deliver the property to you in similar condition as the date you agreed to purchase.

Scheduling additional inspections is often problematic as there are so many schedules involved.   Hopefully you can be more understanding of the tight time frames and deadlines when you sell your home.

Ken, because of your prior experience, you will likely be a home buyer’s dream seller. But selling your home is a business transaction; you should try to sell for the highest possible price. Currently there is a shortage of homes available for buyers and you should use this advantage to the fullest extent. By working with a local experienced real estate agent, you can ideally avoid the real estate drama.   Likely your home will sell in multiple offers and your Realtor® should be able to guide you in selecting the best offer as far as price, and simplicity in closing.

I hope you have a much better experience this time around. Best of luck to you.

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