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Q & A – Should a Seller Order Pre-sale Inspections?

Q:  We are putting our house on the market in a couple of weeks.  We have heard from a couple of people that we should get inspections on our home before we put it on the market.  Is this smart?  I thought buyers paid for inspections? Jason in Pleasanton

A:  Jason that is a great question!  Traditionally, buyers have been responsible for paying for any inspections they require.  The only exception is in Contra Costa County, where the standard procedure was for sellers to pay for a termite inspection.  However, in recent years there has been more of a shift to having sellers pay for and obtain inspections prior to going on the market.  While it does cost the seller anywhere from $800 – $1500, there are several compelling reasons why this is a good idea:

  • It gives the seller more certainty by identifying potential issues with the property before going on the market.  
  • It avoids the “second negotiation” where the buyer, after paying for inspections after the contract is negotiated, comes back to renegotiate armed with inspection reports that show issues with the property
  • It typically shortens the inspection contingency, as buyers are more likely to accept the existing reports, thereby cutting down on the time they need to complete their due dilligence
  • It reduces the chance the transaction will cancel because all issues are disclosed upfront. thus eliminating unpleasant surprises that could derail the purchase
  • It gives the buyer a higher level of comfort, which usually leads to a smoother, more amicable transaction

Can the buyer still get their own inspections?  Of course.  In fact, in my opinion sellers should avoid mandating that the buyer accept their inspections.  If the buyer wants to spend the money on their own inspections let them.  It is highly unlikely they will uncover any significant issues not covered in the original inspections.  One caveat however… make sure you choose inspection companies that are well known and well regarded in the area.  Presenting a home inspection from Bill’s Bait Shop and Home Inspection Company will not instill a lot of confidence in the buyer.  Talk to your agent to see who he or she recommends.  Good Luck with your sale!

Home for Sale in Pleasanton CA

SOLD! 1037 Sunset Creek Ln, Pleasanton CA 94566

Home for Sale in Pleasanton CA

Imagine a pristine luxury home with a large private lot nestled in the rolling hills of South Pleasanton with captivating views. Imagine a flexible open floor plan designed for modern living with designer upgrades and finishes throughout. Imagine a state of the art granite kitchen with center island. Imagine relaxing in your expansive, park-like yard with pool, spa, waterfall, outdoor kitchen area, and sports court. Welcome Home!


SOLD! 1037 Sunset Creek Ln, Pleasanton CA 94566
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$2,610,000
Single Family Home
Main Features
6 Bedrooms
5 Full Bathrooms
1 Half Bathroom
Interior: 4,974 sqft
Lot: 0.46 acre(s)
Year Built: 2005
Location
1037 Sunset Creek Ln
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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SOLD! 235 Rachael Pl, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Home for Sale in Pleasanton CA

Charming Pleasanton condominium in an ideal location! Walk to Downtown Pleasanton, schools, parks, & shopping. Desirable 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath home with one master suite and perfect downstairs end unit location. Updated kitchen and bathrooms with open concept living area. Large, private yard with patio area, spa, & garden beds with vegetables & herbs. Premium location with excellent commute access and award winning Pleasanton Schools! Welcome to your Pleasanton CA Home!


SOLD! 235 Rachael Pl, Pleasanton, CA 94566
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$640,000
Condominium
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2 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
Interior: 937 sqft
Year Built: 1989
Location
235 Rachael Pl
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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SOLD! 320 Trenton Cir, Pleasanton, CA 94566

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Charming Pleasanton CA home in an ideal location! Walk to Downtown Pleasanton, schools, parks, & shopping. Desirable 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath home with modern, open floor plan. Updated interior with new paint and refreshed kitchen cabinets. Private yard with patio area, lawn, & landscaping. Premium location with excellent commute access and award-winning Pleasanton Schools. Welcome to your Pleasanton CA Home!


SOLD! 320 Trenton Cir, Pleasanton, CA 94566
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$1,050,000
Single Family Home
Main Features
4 Bedrooms
5 Full Bathrooms
Interior: 1,620 sqft
Lot: 3,623 sqft
Year Built: 1993
Location
320 Trenton Cir
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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SOLD! 5506 Legendary Court, Pleasanton, CA 94588

Home for Sale in Pleasanton CA

Imagine a mostly one story custom home for sale in Pleasanton CA with dramatic European styling. Imagine gleaming hardwood floors and soaring vaulted ceilings with designer finishes throughout. Imagine an open floor plan designed for modern living. Imagine relaxing in your private yard and enjoying the free-form pool and waterfall along with views of the creek and hills. Welcome Home!

SOLD! 5506 Legendary Court, Pleasanton, CA 94588
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$2,225,000
Single Family Home
Main Features
5 Bedrooms
3 Full Bathrooms
1 Half Bathroom
Interior: 4,516 sqft
Lot: 0.75 acre(s)
Year Built: 1999
Location
5506 Legendary Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
USA

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If you are looking for new homes for sale in Pleasanton CA, you know who to call. Contact me at 925-621-0680 and I will help you find the property that suits you best!

 

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Dublin CA Homes for Sale

SOLD! 5590 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

Home for Sale in Dublin CA

Imagine a fabulous townhome in a premium end unit location.  Imagine custom builder upgrades throughout this former model.  Imagine an open floor plan designed for modern living.  Imagine Caesarstone counters, gleaming hardwood, plantation shutters and the finest in designer finishes.  Welcome Home!


SOLD! 5590 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568
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$869,000
Townhouse
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
1 Half Bathroom
Interior: 1,598 sqft
Year Built: 2014
Location
5590 Dublin Blvd
Dublin, CA 94568
USA

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If you are looking for properties for sale in Dublin CA, call me at 925-621-0680! I am Doug Buenzyour top Realtor Dublin CA, and I will help you choose among our Dublin CA new homes!

 

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Homes in Livermore CA

Sold! 294 Joyce St, Livermore, CA 94550

Home for Sale in Livermore CA

Imagine an updated single story home on a large corner lot. Imagine gleaming engineered hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, and a completely remodeled kitchen with granite and stainless steel. Imagine an open floor plan designed for modern living. Imagine a private yard with rose garden, patio, and large lawn area. Welcome Home!


Desirable Single Story Livermore Home on Huge Corner Lot
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$807,000
Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
Interior: 1,262 sqft
Lot: 8,654 sqft
Year Built: 1979
MLS #: 40816141
Location
294 Joyce Street
Livermore, CA 94550
USA

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Looking for Livermore CA homes for sale? Contact me today and I will help you find new homes for sale in Livermore CA! I am Doug Buenz, your top Livermore real estate agent!

 

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Q & A: Can a Seller Cancel a Counter Offer?

Q:  Hi Doug.  We recently submitted an offer on a San Ramon home for sale.  We have bought and sold several homes, so we are not beginners.  We absolutely loved this house, and we were delighted to get a counter offer from the seller.  The counter offer expired the following day at 5:00 PM.  We had to check on a couple of things with our lender before signing it, but we definitely planned on signing it by the 5:00 PM deadline.  At about 3:00, we got word from our agent that the counter offer was cancelled.  That seems really unfair!  Needless to say we were devastated that the seller did not let us respond first.  Can the seller do that?  Amy in San Ramon

A:  Thanks for the question Amy.  I can certainly understand how upsetting it is to you, and how unfair it must seem.  The short answer to your question is yes, the seller has the legal right to cancel (rescind) their counter offer before it is signed.  It may seem unfair, but the seller has the legal right to do that.  Usually it is because the seller received a better offer, and no longer felt the terms on the counter offer they sent you were good enough.  I know it is disappointing, but the law is the law.  In general, the seller is perfectly entitled to act in their best interest, and as long as the buyer had not yet signed the counter offer, they can rescind it. 

The same goes for the buyer by the way.  The buyer is free to withdraw their offer any time before the seller signs it.  My best advice is when you get a counter offer that is acceptable, sign it.  A lot of things happen if you wait, and many of them are bad.  In a hot market like we are experiencing, things move fast, so be sure you are geared up for the pace of the market.  As always, be sure to check with your attorney for legal advice.  Happy hunting!

SOLD! 1112 Deer Creek Court Pleasanton CA 94566

Gorgeous Greenbriar home with 5 Bedrooms , 4 full baths, granite kitchen with gas range & stainless built-in refrigerator, soaring volume ceilings, downstairs bedroom and full bathroom, luxurious master suite, 3 car garage, new designer carpeting, new two tone paint, designer drapes, private yard, & more!


Fabulous Carleton Oaks Home in Premium Location
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$1,268,000
Single Family Home
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5 Bedrooms
4 Full Bathrooms
Interior: 3,265 sqft
Lot: 6,000 sqft
Year Built: 2004
Location
1112 Deer Creek Court
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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Homes for Sale in Pleasanton CA

SOLD! 6256 Guyson Ct Pleasanton CA 94588 | Pleasanton Homes for Sale

Rare Bay-O-Vista model in a fantastic court location. Beautiful distressed hardwood floors. Open kitchen with tile counters, breakfast bar and spacious dining area. Step down family room with cozy fireplace. Updated hall and master bathrooms. Dual pane windows. Represented Buyers. Call Doug Buenz at 925-621-0680 to get your home sold!


SOLD! 6256 Guyson Ct Pleasanton CA 94588 | Pleasanton Homes for Sale
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$680,000
Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
Interior: 1,434 sqft
Lot: 0.14 acre(s)
Year Built: 1969
Location
6256 Guyson Ct
Pleasanton, CA 94588
USA

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