Oh, and btw, how's H-Town? I grew up on Mill Road.
2. disclosure - realtors are not required to disclose everything about a home. only things that cannot possibly be inferred by a buyer, or things that have been disclosed to him/her by the seller, must be disclosed to you.
3. real estate involves marketing - no realtor is going to to be bluntly honest and tell you that a home is totally undesirable - it doesnt help the seller or the realtor.
At the risk of raising the ire of my fellow agents, I always preview the homes I take my clients to (as their buyer agent) before I take them to see the properties that are potential homes for them. This saves everyone's time, prevents frustration, and in my opinion, provides better service to my clients.
I can't answer for the deceptive advertising on listings, it should not happen.
I do understand the concept of puffery and a certain amount of that is understandable :) It was just frustrating to waste time in such cases. I'm really happy with my buyer's agent though - she's been great. One house we went into, the people had left adult sexually-oriented costumes out in full view - pretty much laid out on display. My five-year-old granddaughter was with us and boy did her eyes get big "What's that, mom-mom?" Thankfully,my agent redirected her elsewhere and told her it was a Halloween costume that the grownups hadn't yet finished making!"
Unfortunately there are good and bad in every business. Yes even MORTGAGE BROKERS..........can you believe it! :-)
Unfortunately some people can't help themselves and think it would make an easier sale if they hide the truth. Personally I agree with the saying "The truth will set you free!" Once you aspire to that goal in dealing with your clients you become a better sales person because you stop trying to sell and start trying to actually help your clients. Also its much easirer to remember the truth. There are lots of great Realtors out there that really go out of their way to help their clients and really enjoy doing so. It may not win them EVERY sale, but they get referrals from clients that really appreciate the good hard honest work they provide on your behalf.
I guess you did not have that experience but I have had the pleasure of dealing with many professionals in the Real estate industry and its always BIG smiles hen we all meet the settlement table..
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There's a term in real estate called "puffery"--a slight acceptable exaggeration--such as saying that an apartment has a great view of the mountains . . . which it might if you ignore the parking lots and junk yards between your window and the mountains. But your examples aren't acceptable; there's no excuse for them.
I'm glad you shared your experience/frustrations as it will help to keep all who read this on their toes.
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You point is well taken. In our business if a known problem exists it should be either disclosed or resolved by repair. Unfortunately, things change and the conditions may change as time passes....still, the issue should be resolved or disclosed.
It would be interesting to know if these issues were noted on the "seller's property disclosure." Perhaps requesting this information will help avoid some of the problems.
The fact remains, that you and others may be being misled is unfair and should be brought to the attention of the listing agent and their broker.