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First Time Home Buyer What Should I Ask For?



What should I ask for in my offer to buy a house?

It’s a simple question. Deceptively simple. But almost always asked by First Time Home Buyers here in Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County.First Time Buyers Ask And truth be known, there’s many a tale to tell. Some not very pretty and some could be a sitcom. But here’s the, ” What should I ask for?” Inclusion Exclusion basics:

Negotiating For Your First Home

My answer often begins with, “It depends” followed by more questions:

There’s an old saying in real estate when you’re negotiating. You either get the “price” or you get the “terms”. Not usually both. But sometimes you can get both. So what are inclusions and exclusions. How does negotiating work?

Inclusions in an Agreement of Sale are defined as the items that the Seller wants to include with the home purchase. Could be anything from the washer, dryer to a refrigerator or other personal items.

“Fixtures” are defined by Pennsylvania Law to be the items that are affixed to the property and may not be removed. Fixtures are items like the drapery rods, the stove, light fixtures, switch plate covers and all items that are nailed down or affixed to the property. Fixtures are not personal property. In other words the shower stays but not the shower curtain.

Personal Property are items that the seller added, and are not affixed such as most furniture, draperies, the oriental carpets, artwork, etc

Exclusions are those items defined by the Seller as items that the Seller doesn’t want to convey with the property.

In our Pennsylvania Listing Agreements, Inclusions and Exclusions are identified in the Listing Agreement and displayed in the Multiple Listing or Brochures, but not always. Inclusions and Exclusions should be named in any fully executed Agreement of Sale.

Negotiating For Real Estate Is Like A Dance

Now here’s where the fun begins. The truth is that it’s all negotiable IF AND ONLY IF both parties want it to be and agree IN WRITING. Every negotiation begins with an offer, then a response, etc.  If everyone hears the same music, it’s a little like a good dance. Here’s a caution. After the Agreement is fully executed (signed by all) every subsequent negotiation “opens up” the agreement and potentially puts the offer at risk.

My Buyer Agency Negotiation Skills Follow and Lead

Is that your Great Grandmothers’ crystal chandelier you forgot to exclude?  Sellers, help me out here.  Exclude it or replace it before my Buyer sees it and falls in love. The lawyers will be disappointed. But I’ll be eternally grateful.

Did I ever tell you about the time that the Buyer wouldn’t buy unless….and then the Seller… Well, maybe next time!

Need a skilled negotiator for your Chester County home, Delaware County home or Montgomery County home? You came to the right place. I love to negotiate! Contact or call Judy Peterson at Prudential Fox and Roach Realtors 610-889-5509 for my best negotiating tips.

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