(Closed) Negotiation re: post-inspection repairs – Should I be feeling guilty about this?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
3942 posts
Honey bee

$2k in the grand scheme of things isnt that much. However, it’s probably not something I would have gone back to them about in the first place. But I wouldnt beat yourself up about it. They accepted it so its all good 🙂

Post # 4
11265 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@78h2o:  these sellers have been wishy washy wheeling dealing all along.  i personally would have walked a while ago.  i can see your husbands point.  do you really trust the sellers?  i don’t think i would. 

i would make sure that the pipe estimate is correct and that they aren’t just giving you a partial estimate.  i’m not familiar with this pipe thing.  how much did you pay to fix it in your condo?? 

the sellers have already purchased a house.  they should agree to anything you want at this point b/c they need to sell.  my god, you paid top dollar for this house.

Post # 5
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it sounds fair. I wouldn’t have had the guts to give them that ultimatum, but props to you for not backing down. 

ETA: Is the pipe thing something that the inspection would have uncovered, or did you only find out about it because your husband asked the seller? We’re looking at houses now so it makes me wonder. I would have had no idea to ask about something like that.

Post # 7
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would say that since they’re getting their $400K, too bad so sad.

Post # 8
6890 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

They haven’t exactly been working with you, so no I wouldn’t feel bad. I also wouldn’t trust them much.

Post # 9
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I wouldn’t feel bad at all.  It’s a business transaction so emotions should be kept out of it.  They didn’t exactly work with you on the price and the closing costs so why should you give them this break.  Good for you!

Something similar happened when we were buying our house.  I was a lot harsher than DH and told the realtor I was ready to walk away unless certain expensive issue were fixed.  And I ended up getting what I want.  

Post # 10
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

wait, why is it YOUR fault that the sellers already bought another house, that’s a personal problem on their part and I’m a little surprised that your agent put that on you, he’s supposed to be on your side.

DO NOT feel guilty for making homeowners take care of things that should be their responsibility and not pawn them off on you to take care of. Ask your DH if he would feel better shelling 2k out of his own bank account for repairs they should have done??

Post # 12
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would have walked when they came back wanting $400K:)

You really should have brought up the pipe thing in your initial offer. Your realtor is correct that they aren’t obligated to fix something that isn’t actually broken.

However, they accepted so I wouldn’t worry about it. They were lucky you accepted their BS counter in the first place. I agree that their purchase of another home isn’t your problem.

Post # 15
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Honestly I likely would have never accepted their counter..

Sellers likely don’t know about their own property (esp underground piping). If you want to know about that pipe you need to have it inspected.

Crediting you 2k and fixing the pipe are two different ball games. You want the pipe replaced before you two move in. There could be more than 2k worth of work/damage/ associated other issues.

It seems like you have more than bent over for this deal to go though.The sellers know that and they are going to keep taking advantage of you two. If you two want this house come hell or high water – then be slightly prepared to open up your wallet. Do not feel bad for pushing back. At all. 🙂

Post # 16
5422 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

2k on a 400k house is like $10.  Not a big deal one bit.  I just wouldnt have put up with the back and forth.

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