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It’s the season to be generous, and here’s how generosity can help a real estate deal

It’s the season to be generous, and here’s how generosity can help a real estate deal

The holiday season is quickly rushing to the spectacular crescendo which is New Year’s Eve.

There are still a couple of weeks to go until more the more normal days that January will bring. So as we navigate the remainder of the year, especially through the year-end holidays, choose to be generous in all your relationships, especially if you’re involved in a real estate transaction.

Here are just a few ways you can be generous as the year draws to a close.

• Be generous with your time. Let buyers come see your house no matter what time they want to come over and how long they want to stay.

When they request to have an additional pest inspection, HVAC inspection, foundation inspection, roof inspection, chimney inspection and the ever-so-time-consuming mold inspection, be generous.

What goes around, they say, comes around.

• Be generous with your information. Yes, as a home seller in California, there are about 84 pages of mandatory disclosures you are required to complete.

These include all the sorted details of every water leak, recent coat of paint, new appliance and whether or not your dog or cat has ever had an accident inside the house.

These forms allow about three lines for you to give the detailed history of your house. If the story of your house exceeds the three lines provided, don’t hesitate to pull out an extra sheet of paper to continue your tale.

• Be generous with your answers. So when the buyers come back with some very detailed follow up questions, be patient and try to answer them as best you can.

Even when they ask such questions as, “How many cats have you had over the years and when was the last time the carpet was cleaned?” or “When was the last time you heard rats running in your attic?” or “Have you seen any more movement in the cracks around the fireplace?” or “When did you repair the water leak under the kitchen sink?”

• Be generous with your forgiveness. Real estate contracts come with due dates. Be forgiving if everything doesn’t happen exactly on time.

Give your buyers a few more days to remove their contingencies. This will give both of you the time you need to read the home inspection report, the pest inspection report, the heating and air conditioning report, the foundation report, the chimney inspection report and the lab results from to determine what kind of mold is growing under your kitchen sink.

Then you can determine how generous you’re going to be when you receive their request for repairs. Happy Holidays.

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an Orange County real estate agent. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or leslie@leslieeskildsen.com. Her website is leslieeskildsen.com.

The Orange County Register – News Headlines : Real Estate News