It never fails to happen. Buyers who are seeing some of the great prices on homes posted on the internet call and say "we must see this house now." We go to check out the property and they fall in love. They figure that rates are low and the payments are well within their comfort range, we can do this they say.
We tour and then the buyer finds the perfect floor plan for their needs. The utilities are on and the property isn't winterized so you can flush toilets, run faucets and check the basic mechnaicals. The house is only a few years old, so chances are the roof will be okay and the electric panel should be sufficient to support a modern family. A little carpet, a little paint and it will be as good as new..
But....you had to figure there was one of those coming didn't you? Let's go outside and take a look around. Do you have any concerns about the power lines running right through the neighborhood? Oh we can live with that they say. But...yes another one, what about the huge electric substation you pass to drive into the community? Oh we hardly even noticed it. Okay how about that water tower in the backyard? Oh well maybe we should think about this a little more.
As a buyers agent our responsibility is to point out as many of the "buts and what about" that we can to protect our client. Sometimes it feels like being the wet blanket at the party BUT and this is the good one, pointing out concerns that can impact the future value of a property or be future financial nightmare to a buyer is a huge part of our responsibility.
If you are a buyer looking for an agent who wants to make sure your interests are protected in today's turbulent Northern Virginia housing market give me a call. I'll make sure that I answer all your questions and point out all of the things you should consider before you finalize an offer on your new home. No hassle, no pressure, just straight talk about today's real estate market.
I'll make sure you don't end up with the bargain basement buyer's blues.
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