Mole Hills

Since yesterday, I’ve been diligently working at getting several of my listings sold.  One thing I’ve noticed this past year or two, are all the more buyers paying way more than they should for shoddily-built and lipsticked homes that have been purposely tweaked to attract the interest and subsequent sale to unwary home seekers.   There’ve been several that were sold this year that should have been scraped off their lots before even thinking about breathing any life back into them.  All I can say is, “Those poor buyers are going to have crude awakenings when the “tooth picks, bubble gum, and bobby pins” start coming loose.”  I personally don’t know how those sellers can sleep at night when knowing they’ve taken financial advantage of those overly-trusting and exceptionally naive buyers.

When talking about homes that have been staged to sell, I understand the concept of making something appear its best, but not to the extent of hiding structural, electrical, and mechanical defects.  Those third party companies that re-sell foreclosed properties for banks and government foreclosures, are just as bad about concealment.  There’ve been a number of times I’ve seen white paint sprayed on drywall on the main floors and basement walls of foreclosed homes.  The painting was done to conceal mold and other nasty things growing on those walls, and unfortunately, most buyers think nothing of it.  Most don’t know that if the mold gets bad enough, it ends up growing on the back side of drywall.  Pretty scary isn’t it.  That’s just one of the reasons I prefer lathe and plaster over drywall because the mold is nearly always restricted to the painted surfaces on lathe and plaster.  Again, ignorance is not bliss when purchasing a home, and for sure, naughty monkey sellers aren’t willing to tell you about the really big faults that exist.

I’m a little sad that the delightful young couple hasn’t called me back about the home I showed them over a week ago which I believe to be a perfect fit for beginners like them.  For sure they’ll not find a better home for the money that’s currently listed.  I fear some other agent got a hold of them and did some fast talking to where they’re likely under contract by now.

Some day, perhaps in the not so near future, I may decide to give a two hour interactive seminar on home buying, and the bulk of what we’ll be discussing, are the general rules to follow when inspecting a home before purchasing it.  There’ll certainly be a number of myths to be de-bunked, along with valuable information to remember when looking for tell-tale signs of trouble.

I often times laugh to myself whenever a buyer pays upwards of $450.00 for a home inspection, and what often times is discovered, are cheap fixes that would normally be considered part of regular home maintenance.  Some of those inspectors make mountains out of mole hills, yet miss some of the more serious problems.  Just now, I can think of three homes that were sold some years ago that had major issues which were missed by qualified inspectors.  Thank goodness I’m still of the mindset where if I see anything wrong, I freely tell.  I’ve always considered it my duty as a Realtor, and above all, me being of the belief that it’s just not right to remain silent when people are preparing to make one of the biggest purchases of their lives.

Tonight’s one-liner is:  No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Joe Chodur

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