No Buyers Agency Agreement should be a gotcha, for sure. I understand a buyer's concern about having a binding agreement shoved in their hand the instant they meet an agent. Very off-putting. I and many agents I know offer a valuable service. This service is not free, and well-trained professionals deserve to be compensated.
Both parties are being asked to trust one another. Agent trusts buyer not to abuse the situation. Buyer trusts that the agent will find them the right home and get it for the right price, while negotiating all the terms right up to closing. Trust is a difficult commodity to come by these days.
My approach has been to explain the relationships that exist and supply a non-binding Consumer Notice immediately. That is also a requirement in PA. I then tell the buyer that I will go out a few times with them without commitment. If they find my services valuable (and all do), I require that the Buyer Agency Contract be signed. At that point, most buyers ask for the contract from me!... more
The landlord usually applies and has the CO, at least mine does, don't know exactly what the proper procedure is, but, we never had to sign our CO and one does exsist b/c you get a rental inspection every other year in Burlington City... more
The cost is going to vary a lot based on a lot of different factors. Most notably would be material used and the cost of the contractor. I would definitely suggest talking to a few contractors to see what kind of help they're able to give you. That way they'll be able to tell you what the cost would be and you can go off of that. Try not to make your whole decision based on price though. It's better to just pick the best option you have and think of price later.
Clutter is a killer for generating purchase offers...and if you do get them, expect the offer to be very low. Clutter shows you don't care in the eyes of the buyer, so they don't care how their low their offer looks. If you are in a town where any buyer will just gut and renovate regardless of what you, I would keep things to a bear minimum so they can see the space and potential, because that is all that will matter. In certain areas, staging is a waste of time and money. Tom Hinz www.shortsaletosell.com... more