Question: We have an older rental property that we want to sell. We haven’t lived in it for years. It needs some work and want to sell it “as is”. What do you advise?
Answer: Think about the last time that you went to buy a used car. Were you more attracted to the dealerships that offered used car warranties or the places that advertised “as is”? In real estate, just like in the used car world, “as is” may suggest that there are defects the seller is either trying to hide or is unwilling to fix.
When a buyer hears a home is being listed “as is,” he is more wary of the property. Sellers often advertise their property this way because they think it will mean the end of their responsibility to the buyer. This is really not true. Sellers are obligated, by law, to disclose of any and all known defects to a buyer even if they say the home is “as is”.
You’ll save time, increase the chances of a sale, and probably net more dollars if you fix up the property as economically as possible – typically this would include general clean up and perhaps a coat of fresh paint throughout. Then, when you fill out the property disclosure, which will be given to your buyer, inform your new buyer about those items that are still problems in the property.
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