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The Houlton Maine Home Buyer Thought The Existing Chandelier Was Ugly.

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The property listing owner of the Houlton Maine home estate sale changed his mind on the family chandelier in the front hall foyer room.

At the listing for the Victorian Houlton Maine home, I asked as the real estate broker getting the property ready to market if anything like chandeliers, ornate curtain rods, kitchen wall hanging, etc were NOT going to be conveyed.

If the stair oriental runners that were pretty faded, thread bare just the same were going to stay or go as the Clash song goes.

Anything here not intended to be stay in the Houtlon Maine home sale.

Because if it was going to be kept, let's do the swapping, changing before the buyers start coming through the front door.

Before the buyers wonders why the say chandelier shining, sparkling and all lit up in the hall foyer room showing in the home video tour is missing.

Just raw wires with electricians nuts screwed on the ends, danging on the pre closing walk through an hour before the real estate closing is suppose to happen.

Gone. The dangling, tinkling crystals history. Maybe just replaced with a dollar store made in China cheap, tinny eye sore that just does not have the horsepower. The eye candy ooh and ahhh appeal to dinner guests that the buyer plans to meet, greet. Ask for their coats on the way in to a house party in their new Victorian Maine home. Original lighting ripped out of the place when the seller, the family decides we have a buyer signed up, now start helping yourself to bits and pieces of the old place. For old time sake.

The Maine real estate buyer will start to wonder what else is not going with the sale I thought, would expect stays in the home sale?

Distrust, disrespect, sneaky is not fun in real estate home sales, in any relationship right? In the Active Rain real estate blog headline example, the estate executor allowed for up to $300 for a replace chandelier. The buyer thought the existing one was not the cat's meow so all was good, no hard feelings or festering of emotions to keep an eye on.

Up front, at the get go explain why after the marketing of the Houlton Maine home sale starts, that steady as she goes happens. What you see if what you get. Or clearly spelled out that that item, this trinket has family maine victorian homesvalue and hopefully a cash allowance to replace the piece with one more to the liking of the buyer can happen.

Courtesy of the seller who provides the small funds or concession in the sale for the "house warming gift".

As the new Maine home owner starts the process to transform the property into something that reflects their personality.

If the antique wood cook stove is going to be in the kitchen marketing imagery, the real estate video of the place, does it stay? Make mention that it is not part of the sale. Or is available for additional funds. Whatever the owners, the family in this case decides is staying, going in the property transfer.

Does not have to be the headline for the ad, blog post, video title but somewhere in the conversation and backed up in the fine print verbiage of the purchase and sale agreement and in the listing paperwork before andrew mooers maine realtor ice creamthat. The new buyer of the home in Maine gets this this and this. Not that.   Period. Because stormy weather is going to come up pretty fast, ligthning furious.

About this small matter that the seller thinks is nothing but the buyer will explode in a moment of rage and concern.

And uttering "what else are they planning to strip... I mean take from the Houlton Maine house sale?" Real estate is an emotional experience for home buyers, sellers. Don't make it like trying to put out a fire with gasoline by ignoring hard feelings that are simmering, ready, waiting to volcano erupt.

Expectations in the Maine real estate sale. Set them early and remember agents, brokers, REALTORS do this real estate dog and pony day in, day out. The buyer and seller do not and don't just know what the others involved in the sale are up to, thinking, planning.

Don't just roll with the items that come up missing and that they thought were part of the transaction.

Also, if a long as your arm list of doo dads are going to be left in the sale for the new home owner at the listed price, remember.

If the seller agrees to even a dollar less, all that thrown into the sale grab bag of goodies DOES NOT have to be conveyed.

Because it was spelled out that all these cracker jack items are included IF the selling price is the listed price. Renegotiation on the personal items happens as the stack of dead presidents price gets played with, chopped, reduced.

Time For A Maine Real Estate Video Cartoon.

Maine, a neat state to invest in, call home, to spend time any of the four seasons!

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Comment balloon 12 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • November 28 2012 06:12AM

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We always tell people if they are taking it with them...whether it is a light fixture or pair of curtains, replace it before the first showing...no confusion...no 'yeah buts'.....what you see is what you get !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 7 years ago

Good morning Andy...

And I agree that you need to keep it out of the marketing photographs if it's not conveying. Less confusion later.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 7 years ago

Like I said, think about the Clash song...hum it and remember it. With personal property, "should I stay or should I go". Does it stay or does it develop legs and walk away? Spell it out in black and white. Big font, bill board size. Later parties might be snarky about the situation but they have to admit you set the tone, spelled it out early on. So nothing swept under the rug.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 7 years ago

Good point, Andrew.  It's best not to market something if it's not for sale.  I've had clients fall in love with house of something that might seem minor to the rest of us, but them it was the kicker.  Good stuff.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 7 years ago

Changing minds happens. If the seller is getting heat from a family member who says dearly departed mom or dad promised them on the death bed that they could have anything from the home if it sold, deal with it as it comes up. See if the item they want removed can be replaced with another to the likely, maybe more exciting for the buyer and make peace. Don't ignore wrinkles that come up that can ruin the sale because you the agent don't think you have any skin in the game. No sale, no closing, no groceries. Pretty simple. Do the right thing, be the Dr Phil, Dr Laura guiding the sale from listing to closing.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 7 years ago

Love the Clash song reference - perfect reminder. And, you're right - sometimes there is a change of heart - our job is to faciliate the sale - so we must come up with creative solutions. ;) Glad to see the star.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 7 years ago

Replace before listing should be the rule of thumb.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 7 years ago
Never fails, the buyer wants what they can't have.
Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) almost 7 years ago

Andy, Now I'll have The Clash in my head this afternoon, and that's not such a bad thing :)  And we have the same conversation with our sellers, replace before marketing so no one misunderstands and raises a stink later.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 7 years ago

I always advise my sellers that if they want to keep something that normally conveys i.e. chandelier, to take it off before showings begin and to replace it with something else. Once buyers see something, even if it is clearly "excluded" in all the disclosures, they invariably want it more than anything else, it seems.

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I had a seller earlier this year who had Budweiser ceiling fans in her garage. She said she wanted to keep them. I told her to remove them prior to showing. She didn't. We got it under contract and she wanted me to ask the buyer if she could take them. I refused. I told her the fans were required to stay. End of story. Sellers need to remove the items prior to listing.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 7 years ago

All good points, thanks for stopping in. Have another fresh Maine lobster roll, they are just going to go to waste if you don't (handing platter toward bloggers in "room")

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 7 years ago

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