Ask your agent to get you the make and Model #s-refrigerator-inside the freezer door and the stove on the side of the ovendoor (most of the time) Take to the appliance store and have them tell you how old they are. Terry K 718-614-3167 cell
As someone else said, I would ask for the MLS printout and see what it says.
We spoke to the seller, who although understanding, doesn't have to do us any 'favors'. It isn't in the contract; they 'spoke with lots of people viewing their house of a long period of time and don't recall specific converstions', etc.
In the end, we can't really argue with it as it's our mistake for not understanding the contract/realizing the stove/refrigerator were freestanding/working with a neglectful realator.
But sorry, to say, things like this really give realtors a bum rap.
As mentioned in previous answers ask for the MLS printout which has the information regarding what is included in the sale. If the stove and refrigerator aren't listed as included then there's not much that can be done.
On a positive note, after transactions close most reputable brokerages will send you a survey regarding your agent. That's your opportunity to let your dissatisfaction be known.
Jane you are absolutely correct, your agent should have reviewed the contract with you thoroughly before having you sign. And in our area we do not have a checklist (please see my previous answer on how things are handled in Erie Country, JR).
You say that you stated that "realtor" "would have nothing to do with the contract?" He is the one that sends it to us/looks it over/etc. He should absolutely be reviewing it and guiding us...no? Then what is the role of the Buyer having an agent?
Again, we think that our realator should have walked us through this process more diligently! :( Lesson learned.
Normally anything that is ATTACHED to the property conveys (goes with ) the property. For example, drapes. The drapes are screwed into the wall. They go with the house.
Light fixtures, ceiling fans, etc.
So, a free standing range is connected (attached ) by the power cord, and if gas, a gas line.
IOW, unless an attached item is EXCLUDED (you need to see that MLS data), then it is assumed to convey with the property. In some areas their are regional customs that might affect how this is handled.
Check with your Realtor, look at the MLS data, and ask about your concerns.
Our realator never explained to us that we needed to specify the stove and refrigerator in the contract. In our opinion, that is what he gets paid for (to act in our best interests and guide us during a sale!). I realize that there is error on our part (not understanding the contract in full); We are just trying to see if we have any recourse.
Btw, I consider myself pretty well educated in the ways of real estate due to these boards, i'm no pro, but have learned quite a bit here. And it would never occur to me that someone would unhook the gas hose, unplug the fridge and walk off with them. Bizarre.
Unless excluded, the following items are included:
If presently on the Property and unless free-standing, all cabinets, shelving, dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens, ranges, microwave ovens, trash compactors, humidifiers, dehumidifiers and air filtering systems.
Under Excluded Items, only furniture and household furnishings are listed.
The standard contract in JR's area, like other areas of the country, will differ.
In New York State verbal agreements in real estate are not enforceable. Everything must be in writing.