Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties Real Estate. Tips for home buyers, home sellers by Gita Bantwal,Realtor at Re/Max Centre Realtors.: Some interesting things home buyers wanted me to find out for them.

Some interesting things home buyers wanted me to find out for them.

I love to show houses and help people find a home that they love. It requires patience and knowledge because buyers have lots of requirements and expect us to find out the answers.

There were couple of buyers whom I could not help.

There was a home over 100 years old and the buyers asked me has anyone died in the house ?

I asked them whether they meant recently or during the 100 years and whether they meant IN the house actually or did they mean that has any one who lived there died even away from the house

The answer surprised me. They meant did any one who used to live in the house die in the last 100 years during their ownership. They were afraid of ghosts.

I said it was difficult for me to track down all previous owners and ask them and the neighbors would also not know about previous owners. I did ask the agent about the current owners and convinced the buyers that it should not matter as no one died during the current ownership.

There was another buyer who wanted to find out if the neighbors had a pet. She said she would be scared if the dog or cat came out of the neighbor's house when she opened her door.

I said even if they do not have a pet now there is no guarantee that they will not get one some day . She should look for a home in a condo community where no pets are allowed, which is difficult to find.

ps. I also told that service animals are allowed .

 

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Comment balloon 10 commentsGita Bantwal • July 30 2012 05:28AM

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Interesting requests, Gita. No way can we predict which neighbors might have pets, now or in the future. And deaths in the last 100 years????

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 5 years ago

Good morning, Gita.... those are very odd questions....some people are concerned if the past owner died in the house but to ask about all owners is absurd....you need to sell them new construction...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 5 years ago

Lottie, I run into some interesting buyers.

Barbara, That is a good idea in the future.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 5 years ago

Those are indeed difficult requests and I think you handled answering them well. I am not sure ANY real estate professional will be able to help.

Posted by Susanna Haynie, Colorado Springs Realtor GRI CNE MCNE ePro MRP (CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services) over 5 years ago

Susanna, I agree it was a difficult request.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 5 years ago

I find when hit with these types of questions the buyers are not serious, and even if they write an offer they don't make it to closing.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) over 5 years ago

Winston, It is possible.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 5 years ago

You certainly handled their unusual questions with professionalism :) I'm just imagining how they ever managed to find the home their in NOW?

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Hallmark Realtors) over 5 years ago

Very interesting requests.  I'm not sure I'd be able to answer the one about dead people back 100 years.  No ghosts allowed :)

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Wayne and Jean, I should have asked them that question.

Bryan, I agree.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 5 years ago

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