Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let My Realtor Handle It!
Every day in real estate is a fresh, new day! That's what I love about this business - no two transactions are ever the same! Some go so smoothly, you arrive at the Closing table and can't believe that there hasn't been on bump in the road.
Others...well, not so much! That's when you will be glad you have an expert Real Estate Broker to help and guide you.
Here are 10 things that can go wrong during a real estate transaction. I'll bet you can add to this list & I'd love to hear about your experiences.
10. Buyer remorse - In an era of bidding wars, it's human nature to want to 'WIN!' A few days after winning the bidding war, especially if buyers have gone significantly higher than list price, buyers tend to feel a little remorse. Some, to the extreme, ultimately making the decision to terminate the Contract to purchase the home.
9. Unknown structural issues arise - One of the BEST ways to avoid this is to have a pre-inspection when you are listing your home. This way, if there are structural issues, you have time to remedy them prior to the sale. Buyers are typically terrified (albeit they don't always need to be terrified) of structural issues, which can cause a cancellation of the sale.
8. SURPRISE! You've got SOMETHING (leaky pipes, unconnected ductwork, termites)! - This can also be a deal-killer and again, can be avoided with a pre-inspection. Buyer is going to find it anyway, might as well be prepared and have an expert real estate agent there to help you negotiate.
6. WAIT! You can't take it with you! – Have an expert real estate agent review the Offer to Purchase in NC and the FIXTURES section. On occasion, a Seller will remove an item deemed a permanent fixture and the Buyer is NOT happy about it! Or, a buyer expects an item of personal property to be included and they didn't request it in the offer. Be sure you know what a permanent fixture is and what it isn't.
5. Sellers failed to properly complete repairs - As a Seller, your best best is to hire a contractor to make all of the repairs. Be certain that this contractor offers a warranty as well. Having someone handle all repairs also makes your life easier - after all, you are packing to move and this is a very busy time for you. You honestly don't need to be running to Lowe's to buy caulking or plumbing items - just let someone else handle that work for you. This way, if it is not done properly, the responsibility falls on the contractor to come back and make it right. Or, as in the case of one of my buyers, seller had to pony up money at closing because carpets were not cleaned as they had agreed (even though they had an "invoice" stating it had been done).
4. Lender drops the ball - One reason to be SURE to use your Realtor® recommendations when it comes to lenders. Just as all real estate agents are not created equally, nor are lenders! We recently had to pull a loan from a lender who had put the Buyers' file on the back burner and truly FORGOTTEN about the file! Thankfully we realized this (yes, the Seller side realized it first!) in time to have the new lender meet the Closing deadline. We (the Sellers) demanded that the Buyers utilize one of our preferred lenders who got the job done in 10 days...appraisal and all!
3. Faulty appraisal - This happens for a variety of reasons but, the top two reasons are that the appraisers have difficulty showing appreciation within a community whereas it's easy to show depreciation. The second reason this occurs is appraisal management companies send appraisers from out-reaching areas and they are not familiar with the comparable properties enough to generate an accurate appraisal.
2. Buyer goes shopping for big ticket item(s) like cars, furniture, Alaska cruise, etc. - This doesn't fly with lenders if your debt-to-income ratios are tight. It's best not to make ANY purchases with credit or your savings until AFTER the Closing. This way, you aren't in jeopardy of losing your new home and all of the money that you've spent in preparation of being the new homeowner (inspection costs, due diligence fees, earnest money deposit, appraisal costs, Title search costs, etc.)
1. The SELLER decides not to SELL! - Yes, I've had a BUYER change their minds before closing but, never a Seller! I've heard of a Buyer who had worked through inspections, appraisal and was headed to Closing, only to receive the call, "I'm so sorry but, the Seller has changed their mind - they're not going to be selling their home!" This can be a very costly mistake as buyers have the right to recoup damages, including but not limited to, any and all costs associated with their home purchase. If you're thinking of selling your home, be 100% sure that you are prepared to go through with the sale before you list your home for sale!
Thinking of listing your Apex, Cary, Raleigh or other Triangle home? Give me a call or text at (919-306-9699 or email Elizabeth@TheSmartRealEstateAgent.com for more information on how to have a relaxing & successful home sale.
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Elizabeth Scott, Realtor®, Broker
Diamond Award – High Sales Volume
e-PRO, Strategic Pricing Specialist
Fathom Realty NC, LLC