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The Good, the Bad, & the Reality 
of Real Estate

Petrified Poop. . . .

By Shane Collins

Believe it or not, negotiating the purchase price of a home and opening escrow is often the easy part of the transaction; it’s the challenges that arise during the escrow process that cause the wheels to come off! I remember one escrow several years back where I literally thought the whole deal was going to fall apart over a little poop. The escrow started off o.k., the buyers offer came in under asking price but wrote a very compelling letter to the seller about how badly they wanted the house and they were offering the very max they were qualified for. However, they understood they were buying the home ‘As-Is’ and wouldn’t nitpick repairs (famous last words). So sure enough, we get through inspections and there is a rather lengthy Repair Request. As often happens the ‘As-Is’ part of the initial negotiations had been completely forgotten by the buyers! To add insult, one of the items on the lengthy list was to remove ALL dog poop from the back yard! The sellers were pretty reasonable people and they agreed to make several of the repairs requested, EXCEPT they were understandably (or unreasonably depending on your take on poop!) rubbed wrong by the poop removal request and rejected that item. So, the buyers didn’t balk at the rejected repairs that actually cost money, but were understandably (or unreasonably, again depending on your take on poop!) disappointed that the sellers dug their heels in on that item. The sellers perspective on this was: We may or may not remove our dog’s feces, but we certainly aren’t agreeing to remove ALL dog poop as a condition of closing escrow. Sigh....

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