"Why are they moving ?" Asked the Buyer

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams 414-525-0563

Why movingare the Moving ????  If you have been a licensed Real Estate agent for more than a week and taken a buyer to a house...you are apt to be asked this question. There are lots of reasons for moving...job relocation, upsize, downsize, divorce, etc.

   Unless and until an agent has the permission of the Seller to disclose the reason for moving...OR it is required...because it is being handled by a relocation company which will require additional forms to be completed by the buyers.  OR if the house is a short sale and there may be a waiting period...the buyers cannot have a home sale contingency...or require repairs to be made. There may be other unusual circumstances...we had a Seller once who had a spouse who was receiving intensive medical care in another state...as a result sometimes the house was not as well cleaned and ready to show and carpeting that could have been replaced was taking a back seat to the needs of the family.  The complaints from buyers....and their agents were profuse...until, with the Seller's permission we were able to explain the circumstances of the sale.  An offer followed shortly thereafter.luggage

  The WHY of the move should have nothing to do with the amount of the offer....whatever the reason...the house is for sale and if you as a buyer, want to call it home, work with your agent in putting together an offer that will enable you to do just that.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Rainer
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Lisa Hickling
Love Broker B's (#6) and Nancy's (#45) responses. Actually there is no ambiguity about the sellers' rights to Privacy on this question. In these parts you will need sellers' written permission to disclose this info especially in a dual agency situation.
May 28, 2012 11:39 PM
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Scott Godzyk
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
Godzyk Real Estate Services

Good Morning Sally and David, I think this question is asked by every buyer or their agent during every showing I have on one of my listings. I have this conversation with every home owner after listing with what to expect and this question is 2nd on the list, Congratulations on the feaured blog.

May 29, 2012 05:47 AM
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Susan Neal
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks

HI Sally and David - I usually think it is the buyer hoping that it is a desperation sale, but occasionally, it is simply the buyer wanting to know if the seller is moving away from a neighborhood nuisance - one that they would want to know about.  Some things, such as nasty neighbors, constantly barking dogs, etc are not usually included in the disclosure forms but the buyer might still hope that the seller might warn him. So I guess it's worth asking.

May 29, 2012 12:15 PM
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Karen Feltman
Relocation Specialist
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty
I cringe when I hear seller "motivations" at the weekly sales meetings. It is unfair to the seller and gives an advantage to the buyers agent. There are definitely reasons that need to be shared with a buyer, such as relocation or estate paperwork, but otherwise, the buyer needs to decide if it is the house they want to make their home. It doesn't much matter anymore why someone is leaving.
May 29, 2012 07:09 PM
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
Keller Williams 414-525-0563

The less said the better....motivated...show them the money !

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