Realtor peas and peas with a thesaurus ;) What's the word I'm looking for here?
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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:36:45 AM
We have an offer on our house. I will say the buyers are kind of nuts and have been weird to deal with. Their realtor told our realtor the wife is a hypochondriac and a control freak after some other odd questions.

Anyway, there's a small issue we need to fix prior to them taking possession/closing. We hired someone, a professional, to fix it. It's not like bubba-bob is going to come in and "fix it."

However, the buyers want their handyman guy to come over and tell us how to fix it. We feel like this is overstepping boundaries. We are the ones paying for it, it's still our house, etc. We feel like if they wanted to have it fixed "their way" they shouldn't have asked for us to fix it and should have asked for money from us to do it when they take possession. Right?

I get them making sure it's done right, but this is weird to me. They can still check on it when they do their final walk-through to be sure the other items from the inspection report we agreed to handle were fixed. Having their handyman come tell me (a not handy person at all) what to tell our professional we hired what to do? Odd.

I know there's a word I want to use to tell our realtor no, but I can't come up with one. I've thought of overstepping, overkill, neurotic (), but those aren't quite right.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:40:14 AM
I think "no" works. Don't you think the realtor can understand what you mean without elaboration?



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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:42:46 AM
What is the repair that needs to be made? How many different ways is there to fix it?

I had a buyer back out because we had a brand new furnace installed by a HVAC contractor that they didn't choose. So you might want to go ahead & let their handyman come over & give his opinion. Then you can decide what to do.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:45:41 AM
I guess I would find out info about their "handyman". Maybe you could use the excuse that you do not want an uninsured worker (if this is true info) on your property while you still own the house and are liable for the repairs.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:47:44 AM
I don't know what exact word you're looking for- is it licensed?? you want to get someone licensed to fix it, and they only want a handyman?? (just a guess...)

anyway, when we bought our house, we asked for something to be fixed. The seller hired someone licensed to fix it, then provided proof via the receipt... I don't think we COULD specify who or how it should be fixed, as long as they had proof that it was. After the closing, if there were issues with it, we could then go back to the repair person ourselves.




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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:48:55 AM
As a realtor I'd tell you that if the buyers are twitchy anyway, what harm is it to let their guy come over and give his opinion. I've seen deals go bad because buyers weren't happy with how a repair was done. Let him give his opinion and see if it is the same as your handyman, if it's not let the lawyers settle it before you make any repairs.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:52:42 AM
Yeah, no is good. They can't have it both ways. they asked you to fix it, which means you get to decide when, how and who. They want it their way they can pay for it. I'd also be concerned that you could possibly be hit with a consulting or some other fee from Mr Handyman.




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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:54:33 AM
Yeah, we don't want them to back out. We just want to move on to our new city!

It's not that our realtor doesn't understand no, but that that she, DH and I want to impress upon the other realtor how weird this is (because of the other odd requests the wife has made).

Nyla, sigh. I know. That's what I'm thinking. It's just so freaking annoying! We're trying to pack, I'm wrangling kids... and I don't get this stuff so it seems so pointless to come over and tell me (DH is out of pocket bc of work).

There was a small leak under the kitchen sink. It isn't currently active, no mold (we had it tested), etc. but the cabinet in the back of the sink is warped. We are having the sink looked at and fixed again (if needed), repairing drywall (if needed) and that bottom shelf in the cabinet replaced.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:55:36 AM
If you really want to sell the house I would let their person come over. They are paying for his time to do that so it won't cost you anything to listen to him. You can then make your decision as to how to follow through with the repair.

I once had a buyer threaten to walk when I said he couldn't have a set of curtains I'd made for a different house. They didn't even properly fit the windows of the house he was buying but I let them go. Not worth killing a sale over.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:58:02 AM
Thanks, all!

Yeah, that's how it normally goes, Jennifer! That's why I'm irritated. Lol!

Thanks for your professional opinion, Maureen.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:00:49 AM
I don't understand why they aren't buying with a pro rata reduction in price for that and having it fixed their way?


OK. Newbie. This is how it works. If your post consists of 80% sanity, 10% stupidity and 10% all kinds of crazy, we immediately focus on the 20% b/c it discredits the 80%.




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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:02:06 AM

However, the buyers want their handyman guy to come over and tell us how to fix it. We feel like this is overstepping boundaries. We are the ones paying for it, it's still our house, etc. We feel like if they wanted to have it fixed "their way" they shouldn't have asked for us to fix it and should have asked for money from us to do it when they take possession. Right?


No is a complete sentence. Use it with them.
Being directed by their person is out of line. If they want it done that way, they can pay for it.

How ballsy!



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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:27:39 AM
"I'm afraid that won't be possible"
or
"the work has already been completed, they area welcome to inspect the repair during their walk through"

"Please tell your client that any further interruptions or requests will only slow the current owners down in being able to pack and move out."
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