It’s just human nature. We want to know the whole story. We want to meet all the players and understand their motives, goals, fears, and tactics.
However, in a real estate transaction, the most we usually get is an 85 page PDF file that lands in your email inbox and you read on your phone.
And as you read through the pages and pages of the official contract the California Association of Realtors legal team created to keep us all on the same page and out of court, you are overwhelmed by a stream of dates, dollars, percentages, and disclosures.
You usually also get names of the buyers and sellers as well, but sometimes you only get the name of a trust or an LLC, which doesn’t do much to help you learn anything about the people on the other end of the transaction.
Your first instinct is to fill in the gaps to form a story behind the dry details of the contract.
Here are a few fabrications some have made up recently to put the pieces together.
Thanks so much for this low-ball offer: They cannot be serious offering 6 percent under our asking price. They are bottom feeders. They probably can’t even afford the price they’ve offered. They must have looked up the title records and decided to offer exactly what we originally paid for the house seven years ago.
I’ll bet they even went through the court records to find our pending divorce decree and figure they can take advantage of our less-than-ideal family situation. I’m not sure we should even give them a counter offer when they’ve done something this offensive.
They are just heartless business people: Oh my gosh! This house is perfect! The people who flipped this one really did a quality job. You can tell this is not their first rodeo – just look at the attention to detail.
The baseboards, counters, cabinets, appliances and even the landscape are all so nice. But the inspector found a whole bunch of little safety items that are a huge concern to us. I know it’s a long shot and the pencil pushers are probably not going to budge when you figure out how much money they’ve already poured into this project, but it can’t hurt to ask.
They are obligated to install the smoke and CO detectors, so that’s probably all they’ll agree to do, but let’s ask for the other items as well.
You’re kidding, right? They agreed to fix everything? Who are these people?
Thanks for this really decent offer: It’s super close to our list price and we’re really excited. Let’s just send them a…