Sometimes I wonder if buyers' agents are looking for the easy way out when they suggest that buyers submit a request for repair. Maybe they don't want to take the time to explain how real estate works in Sacramento and, perhaps, they've been successful in the past with getting a seller to agree to make repairs or renegotiate the contract. They also don't want to upset the buyer. Emotional upheaveals cause too much anxiety. It's easy to just create a Request for Repair, try to lower expectations, and then ship it off to the listing agent.
They say, there, there, don't worry about that nasty home inspection with all the horrible things in it; we'll fix it.
It's not necessarily the best thing to do, though. Many people are astonished to learn that when I work with top agents in Sacramento, it is very rare for me to ever receive a Request for Repair. Unless it's something very serious, the top producer buyer's agents somehow find a way to get their buyers to see reason. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Sacramento Home Sellers Can Reject a Request for Repair.
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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.
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