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Anne, Home Buyer in Scottsdale, AZ

R/O system and water system do not convey in a traditional sale

Asked by Anne, Scottsdale, AZ Sat Oct 15, 2011

How does it work? If I buy this property, does this equipment remain in the house but need to be purchased under separate agreement from the seller, or do they go with the seller and I'll need toget them installed from scratch? How much does it cost?

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I also have been thinking about putting in a water filtration system. I feel like it would save me money and I can be sure it is pure for my family. I have never tried to do this before though. I think it would be a fun project to undertake. http://ecowaterofindiana.com/products.php
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 30, 2014
Typically these items would convey with the home at no additional charge. However, if the seller either wants to take these items with them or if they want additional money for them, then the seller needs to disclose up front that the items don't convey with the sale of the home.

There is a very good chance you can offer pay the seller separately for these items.

Is this sale a short sale? This scenario frequently happens with short sales. If the seller sells the home with the items included, the seller won't see any of the funds for those items. All of the home sale proceeds will go to the seller's lender as part of the short sale agreement. If the seller installed these items after they originally purchased the home, they may want to sell them separately from the house in order to recoup some of that money.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 17, 2014
Is the water system coming from a well? I had an uncle that got his water from a natural well that he hired a service to tap. He said it saved him a bunch of money on his water bill. If I had to guess though, it's definitely not something you can take with you. Who provides water for this property right now? http://jaschwall.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 17, 2014
They are considered fixtures of the property if you are using a standard state of Arizona purchase contract. If the seller wants to take them and you agree as the buyer (in writing) then the seller would be permitted to take them.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 23, 2014
I would think the equipment would remain in the house, but if not it might be a good thing. Putting a water filtration system will improve your entire experience living there. Not only that, but it will raise the value of your property. Hopefully things work out that you'll be able to get a water filtration system regardless. http://www.aquatronicsnewjersey.com/Water-Filters-Middlesex-…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 18, 2014
Hi Anne,
You received great responses below. If you are using the AAR Contract then yes the R/O water system should convey.

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Tiffany Carlson- Richison
Realty One Group
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 22, 2014
Per the standard Arizona Association of Realtors purchase contract, the plumbing items installed are considered real property and should be conveyed with the property. That being said, everything is negotiable. So, if it's specifically excluded from the purchase contract, and all parties agree, then they can be removed prior to close of escrow.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 21, 2014
Anything may or may not convey, it all depends on the contract. the seller could choose to have the drywall not convey (yes an absurd example,) But if both the buyer and the seller agree to it ( and if the bank will lend on it) then it can be done. HOWEVER, if it is not stated specifically on the contract otherwise, anything that is attached is expected to convey with the house. the best advice given is to talk with your realtor about it. And if you are not already under contract, specify it on your purchase offer. Don't Assume, Write it Down.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 16, 2011
Thank you all, your answers are very helpful!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 15, 2011

I would request they remain in the property. I would bring up page 2 of the contract. However maybe you can come with agreement with sellers.

Feel free to contact me or your agent if you have one.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 15, 2011
Hi Anne,

There are times when sellers install reverse osmosis or filtration system to accommodate their preferences, needs or taste.

If the system is installed as a matter of preference and not as a necessity to make the water potable, then I would think that they have the right take it.

Your home inspector can determine the quality of the drinking water by bypassing the system. If the water quality test results show that the water is unsafe for drinking without the system, then this becomes an issue.

Have your agent ask the listing agent why the sellers installed the system ahead of time and if the removal of which will affect the water potability.

I have sold a home where an R/O has been removed because the sellers are horticulturists and they need the whole system for the home business

However, my opinion is based on my experience here in the State of Connecticut. Your state may have a different norm or practice.

Best of Luck.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 15, 2011
Hi Anne,
It is stated on page 2 of the purchase contract that water softeners and water purification systems convey with the property. If the seller chooses to take these with them, then they must state it in the contract that these do not convey. So it is hard to answer this question without knowing the specifics of the property you are referring to. Your agent would be able to tell you is this is stated on the MLS sheet. As far as price, that is a variable as well as there are so many different systems out there. You can go to Home Depot and get an idea of costs.
Hope this helped.
Best regards,
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