Non-Negotiables and Homebuying Deal-Breakers

by Bill Conda 12/29/2019

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Before you sign on the bottom line, know which items are negotiable and which negate the deal entirely. Clearly defining these in advance can save you significant headaches when the buying bug takes over. Your agent will remind you of your non-negotiables and keep you on the right track.

Here are some big-ticket items to keep in mind before closing out a contract:

  • Major construction issues. During the inspection, if issues with the roof, a significant system like the wiring, plumbing, or HVAC comes up, negotiate to have them fixed or walk away.
  • Review any protected or wetlands designations that apply to the property. Even though the home, pool, fence, pond or ditch is already there, these designations mean you’ll have to get permission from a conservation committee or agency in order to make any changes to your property.
  • If any questions come up in the title search, and it seems there may not be a clear title, walk away. Even though the legalities could eventually get sorted, you’ll be out attorney fees, stress and time lost.
  • Review the right-of-way, easements and utility access. Utilities with lights, poles, pipes or wires crossing the property have the right to inspect, repair, dig and otherwise take care of the utility. Before you can put in a pool, fence or flowerbed, you may need their permission. In addition, some cities have right-of-way clauses meaning they can add berms, boulevards or widen roads into your property. They also have the right to approve where you can locate a driveway and the setback (how close structures are to the property line, roads or easements), which may severely impact how you can build.

If there is land behind your property that does not have egress, that landowner may have easement rights. That means, they may install a driveway right through your land to get to theirs. Easements are listed on the deed, so have your agent or title lawyer clarify anything you don’t understand.

Make sure your real estate agent knows what’s non-negotiable for you so that the property you fall in love with is the one of your dreams, not your nightmares.

About the Author
Author

Bill Conda

 BILL CONDA - AN APPROACHABLE PROFESSIONAL AT Every LEVEL

With over 35 years of expertise, Bill is a highly awarded Realtor® and recognized Top 5% of all Brokers countrywide. Early in Bills career, while running his Family’s New Car Dealership, his commitment to his clients and employees earned him the "Masters Sales Managers' Award" from General Motors. In 1984 this ethic helped propel Bill to the top of the industry within 2 years of moving to beautiful York Beach, Maine. Where Bill earned his place in the Top 5% of all Brokers in the country, Including the Covenant Centurion Award 15 times! Having vacationed and engaged with the community right here on Singer Island for the past 27 years, He made the decision of moving here full time to better assist others on what he considers ‘his best life choice to date’! “The area is truly a hidden-gem…” has been spoken uncountable times.
His experience and knowledge of the local Industry enable him to offer you outstanding results, making your buying or selling journey, seamless and enjoyable!

Bill is a graduate of Bryant & Stratton College in Boston
Community Contribution Highlights
Past President of York County Council of Realtors, 2014
Broker of the year 2014 (voted on by my peers)
Member of the Realtors Leadership Conference
President of York Kiwanis, 2017
Founder of the York, Jr. Wildcats Football & Pee Wee program
National Association of Real Estate Alliance Member
York Library Fund Raising Campaign
Committee Historical Society Fund Raising Campaign
York Chamber Ambassador
Heart Awareness for Women
Sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network
Make a Wish Foundation
Wounded Warriors
served honorably in the Army

Awards
Executive Club
100% Club
Covenant Centurion
Realtor of the Year, 2014

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