It depends upon the contract you are using. If you have a FAR/BAR contract with 1.5% of the selling price built in to cover repairs, you should certainly specify that you would like that repaired. That's because the seller has already agreed upon an amount for fixing minor problems
If, however, you have an AS IS contract on the home in Fort Lauderdale, then you would be side to forget about that relatively minor repair.
In today's tight seller's market, you have to decide whether you want the house or not. You can safely assume that there are half a dozen back-up offers on the house, especially if it's priced under $450,000.
With an AS IS Contract, the seller in today's seller's market is basically saying, "take it or leave it" to buyers.
If you think you can locate a similar home within the time frame you need to move, and you're willing to take a chance on losing the house over an item that will cost you less than $1,000, then go for it.
But if you don't have some other homes in Fort Lauderdale lined up as alternatives, eat the water heater. You'll still have the house.
Marc Jablon, The Jablon Team
RE/MAX Complete Solutions
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