What responseability does the seller has towards maintance of the property?

Asked by Nip, Aiken, SC Mon Nov 28, 2011

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Tue Nov 29, 2011
What responsibility did I have concerning going to work this morning? I could have stayed home. If you are the seller you choose if you want trouble down the road or not. If you are a buyer then you adjust your offer by offering less. In that scenario the seller owes you nothing, no one makes a buyer choose a particular house.

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Brock Hughes, Agent, Augusta, GA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
The seller should maintain the current condition of the property.....assuming you are under contract. Normal wear and tear is expected.....but overall, the seller should keep up with his/her home while under contract.

Kind of a tough question without knowing the specific situation. SC contracts are seller-friendly so pay close attention when discussing with your agent.
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Jane Blanksh…, Agent, Orland Park, IL
Mon Nov 28, 2011
If the property you are selling is a townhome or condo, the Association is responsible for maintaining the Exterior of the property. If a single family home, you certainly should maintain at the very least, the lawn, the overall home. Where there is neglect ~ liability becomes an Issue for You!
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Mon Nov 28, 2011
First of all;
We could be talking about two different SELLERS here:
If we are talking about a Homeowner; they would have a vested interest in maintaining the property to get the highest price possible.
If we are talking about a Bank, (in the case of an REO or Shortsale), they probably have never seen the house, and have only another person's word on what is needed: The Bank has no incentive to spend another dime on the property, even if vandals choose to tag it.

We have all seen houses, on a NORMAL sale, where a coyote wouldn't live.
We have also seen REO's that were beautiful turn-key houses.
But Banks sell distressed houses As-Is for a reason.


Good luck and may God bless
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Mon Nov 28, 2011
Nip,
Not knowing more details it's difficult to say. Many sellers are in financial difficulty in the present market and homes are not being maintained as well as we would like. If you have a Home Owners Association who would be responsible to manage this, you can contact them.
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