The Lakeland FL Home I'm Buying Has Termites - Now What?

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The Lakeland FL Home I'm Buying Has Termites - Now What?


Termite InspectionHome buyers in Lakeland FL are so excited when they have found the home of their dreams and the offer has been accepted by the seller.  They are making plans about having it painted or put in new floors, imagining how they stage their furniture, taking measurements for a new refrigerator - buyers a just very excited.

Such an excitement can come to a screeching halt when during the inspections, the termite inspector discovers that the Lakeland FL home the buyers are purchasing has termites.  Termites in Lakeland FL is common and most homes can be remediated without ever tenting the home.  The termite inspector always says that it's good we found termites now and not years later when the damage is even greater and the costs are solely the responsibility of the homeowner.

As soon as I inform the buyers about the Termites, they asked me, now what?  As a Lakeland FL buyer's agent, I tell my buyers that they have two options - walk away or negotiate with the sellers.

I immediately ask the termite inspector to give me an estimate of remediation and discuss this with the buyers and the listing agent.  Believe me the sellers are just as shocked as the buyers and while they are eager to sell their home, most sellers are open to negotiations even it the property is sold as-is.

If you are looking for an exclusive buyer's agent to represent you on your next Lakeland FL home buying process, give me a call at 863-619-6918 to discuss details.

 
I hope you found this post useful! If you need help finding or selling your Lakeland, Florida home, please contact Petra Norris - REALTOR(R) at 863-619-6918. If you’re new to Lakeland, I’d especially like to extend a warm welcome. I value my clients and provide them with honest, reliable service. Allow me to introduce you to the Lakeland FL real estate landscape and all it has to offer.

 

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Rainmaker
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Phil Leng
Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &
Keller Williams Eastside Market Center

Hi Petra,

Great post.

It is scary to think that the home you want to buy has termites. Your even handed approach is very reassuring to the buyer, and would help guide them to a decision about completing the purchase.

Phil

June 08, 2012 02:29 AM
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Ginny Gorman
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate

Petra, you are right it is scarey for both parties but always is a negotiated point if the seller wants that home sold...as Lakeland FL short sale agents I know you will give the best advice and guidance for your clients.

June 08, 2012 03:36 AM
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Great advice Petra, Termite damage is usually taboo. negotiating is always a start, the seller wants to sell......

June 08, 2012 05:15 AM
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
International Properties and Investments LLC

Petra,great job in posting this topic.This is really helpful to all the interested buyers who might encounter this situation.It is scary if you think about it but they still have an option to negotiate or find another home.Thanks for sharing this to us.I just want to say I enjoy reading up all your blog.Keep up the good work and stay the best Lakeland Short Sale Agent.

 

June 09, 2012 06:35 AM
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Jayne Clement
Los Angeles Short Sale Agents
Keller Williams Realty

Hi Petra! Glad I saw this article,this is really helpful to everyone who might encounter this situation.Best thing to do is to always negotiate.I think we always have an option what we could do.Anyway,Thanks for sharing this post!Continue being a great Lakeland FL Short Sale Agent.Best of luck!

June 10, 2012 05:05 AM
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Bas Panch
SCV Home Buyer

Hi Petra,

This is very good advice. It's true that a lot of the time the sellers aren't even aware of the problem and are pretty willing to negotiate. Keep up the good work as a top Lakeland FL short sale agent!

June 11, 2012 09:35 PM
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