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Avoid these comments when you’re buying a home

September 22, 2016

 

Sometimes you need to keep a poker face when you’re buying a home. It’s not in your best interest to be totally candid with the seller and listing agent when you’re considering a home. Here a few things that are better left unsaid.

 

“This is at the top end of our budget”: Don’t let the listing agent know that a home is at the top of your budget. You want to keep all the bargaining chips you can, and letting the seller know your budget can hurt you when it comes time to negotiate.

“I hate the paint”: Or furniture. Or cabinets. Or any of the decor. No matter how hideous the wallpaper in the kitchen is, take care not to insult the seller’s taste. If they’re considering multiple offers, you don’t want to be the buyer that offended the seller!

“We can’t wait to renovate”: Customization is one of the big perks of homeownership, but it’s best to keep your renovation plans quiet for the moment. The seller may have a lot of memories in the home, and may not appreciate your plans to immediately tear down some walls.

 

The easiest way to tour a home and express your feelings? Have your buying agent take you on a private tour. Touring homes is one of the best parts of my job. I preview for clients and take them on private tours-. I don't ask them to go to opens and then let me know what house to write a contract on for them. I tour, advise, guide and act as a sounding board for my buyers. I

 

If you are ready to purchase, give me a call or email to discuss how we can get started.

 

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