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1. I was a home buyer in this process.
2. Chuck was supposed to be representing me, and my partner. ( we signed a dual representation agreement)
Let me first start by saying that Chuck is a seemingly "nice" guy. While I will not get into too many specifics, I have to say that I was disgusted with the unprofessional nature of the home-buying experience with this guy.
We had been looking at the house on Zillow on and off for about 6 months until we decided to actually go and see it. It was old, beautiful, and close to where I grew up, so it was ideal for myself and my partner. We went and looked at the house, and did the thing you aren't supposed to do when you go look at a home-- fall in love.
So we slowly started to get information, get our credit checked and we put in an offer. Chuck responded with a very strange letter (with our first offer) describing that over a year ago the house was going to be bought for significantly more money. (which, I didn't particularly understand, considering the fact that the home was still not purchased after being on the market for over a year) Regardless, Chuck was SUPPOSED to be playing both sides, as we signed the agreement for "dual representation", (which, hindsight, I wouldn't have done). Anyway, we had come to the offer price after considering a major factor in the house/property that needed to be addressed in the next year that would cost a significant amount of money. Basically, we were accounting for that expense in the first year of purchasing the home.
Moving on--there were two other interactions about the price, and then the owner accepted our offer. (hooray! right?)
So, typically, realtors/owners have a "gentlemen's agreement" with the (potential) purchaser of the home (after the offer has been accepted)-- Meaning the property is temporarily on hold (not off the market, but on hold from showings). During this time, Chuck decided to tell us that he was showing the house (between grins) to a rich couple from an expensive neighborhood. I have to say, that this was a shock. It also made us unnecessarily nervous that chuck was showing our potential New Home (which we still love) to other people. It seemed really shady, and really disrespectful. Almost as if he was saying, "the people I am showing this house to are rich, and you are not-- remember that".
When we went through the inspection process, had the bank appraise (for $30,000 less than listing, might I add), and had all of our ducks in a row, everything seemed to be going well.
Until the very last sting.
We had been looking at a piece of equipment the owner had left on the property, and wanted to negotiate that into the purchase of the property. Again, I am not going to give specifics, but it was an expensive piece of equipment that we would have needed to buy regardless, after moving into the home.
We sent the email, and tried to start the negotiation when Chuck disclosed that because his commission was "so low" the owners were going to give him this piece of equipment as part of their payment to him. Considering the property was almost a 1/3 of a million dollars, and he did not have to split the realtor fee with any other realtor-- it seemed pretty shady. When we told our lawyer at the closing, she was shocked that he had gotten away with it-- and when we asked if it was illegal, she looked at us and shook her head.
We are now into the second year of owning our house and we love it. We had an unavoidable expense within the first year which we accounted for, but it was a house we had always dreamed of.
Chuck, however was not helpful, transparent, or honest during the process. I would not recommend using him to anyone in the future.
So here is why I gave the stars above:
Local knowledge: He lives in Petersham, so hes from around the area
Process expertise: Absolutely knows the process, works it to his advantage
Responsiveness: Rather prompt when it will benefit his pocket
Negotiation Skills: Never worked for us.
Chuck Berube replied to this review
This is heart breaking. There must be some basis for this as the reviewer is an intelligent and good person to the best of my experience. It is like a review of the kind of realtor I would do my best to avoid even doing business with. All I can do is try to learn from this and do my job better. There is always room for improvement, this review will serve to sharpen my awareness that my job is to serve the client(s) always and only.