"Twinkies are really a white meat!" Some people believe what hey want to believe. Because I am buying a home I am entitled to this...this is what I want! The seller should have known I wanted a warranty and I am not closing until I get one. There are always buyers, agents and brokers in real estate that when you try to explain something to them, their pat answer is..."Look, I've been byuying and selling real estate before you were born...that is not how you do it, and that is not what the contract really means!" Even if they are totally wrong, they will never admit it. It is tantamount to having a millstone around your neck trying to get the deal to closing. In this current market it is like walking on eggshells with some of these agents. You feel like an enabler doing anything they ask just so they will get to closing. Agent and buyers like this...do not negotiate, they just take hostages. They take advantage of the situation, like a child prone to tantrums. The louder they yell, until all their demands are met. Even if you have the closing attorney explain it to the situation or the contract...agents like this believe they alone have the correct solution. They can even hold their breath until they get what they want. It is like dealing with a one track mind, that's derailed. Sometimes revenge is sweet, when their own greed does them in. I remember an instance where everyone was held hostage by one particular agent. After a long period...after the closing...they called up demanding where is the one year termite bond. I brought their attention to the fact that the contract verbiage they chose was seller to convey a transferable treatment repair bond without cost to buyer. I told them that the contract was fulfilled, but that the bond expired 2 days later. Too bad you were not clever enough to know how to write it up. Some agents are just better at doing things right in a professional manner. All parties involved in the contract benefit from it. If you do not understand something or verbiage ask a broker, ask the other agent, ask a real estate closing attorney, but don't just fake it.
James Crawford ABR, Broker Associate
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