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May 13, 2008

Buyer Beware….or Buyer Be Aware

Filed under: Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:55 pm

Question: You sell your Philadelphia condo, go to move out your couch which has been sitting in the SAME position for seven years, and the hardwood floors under your couch have faded. Are you responsible for such a “defect” if no such mention was made in a seller’s disclosure?
Answer: What do I look like, a lawyer?

But this does pose a very interesting question. Just how much “on the hook” is a seller? I pose this question, because this exact scenario just happened to me. I moved a couch, and the floor under the couch was discolored. Could the buyer have been mad? Possibly. I guess my argument here would have been “Let The Buyer Beware”.
I certainly wasn’t trying to hide anything. And that big dumb couch weighed as much as a space ship, and sure as hell that thing hadn’t been moved in seven years. But I felt kinda’ bad that the buyer inherited a floor that was (in this spot, where the couch was) discolored.Ā  I guess if the shoe were on the other foot, and the seller told me that he was unaware, I would have to take his word for such.

What’s my point??
My point is that even with a home inspection, and a seller’s disclosure, there may be a surprise or two at the settlement table.

My advice??
Bring a flashlight to the home inspection, and do some looking around yourself. Ask questions. Compile a list of questions to ask the seller, and email to me (your realtor). A more informed buyer leads to less potential surprises. And thought there is no such thing as perfection, (besides a Denny’s Grand Slam Breakfast at 2am on any given Saturday night), the onus is on you to protect yourself from as many surprises as you can!

Mark Wade
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORSĀ®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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