Conservatively speaking, I have probably bought and sold 40+ cars over the years. Some of the sales have been pretty straight forward. As in you come an agreed upon price and the deal is done. My wife will tell you that I enjoy the car dealer experience and love the haggling over obscure finer points like the MSO and hold back dollars. But some Private party sales can be more challenging. You no doubt will agree if you have ever sold an older Porsche (or one that has a ton of go fast mods). Yep, get ready for it. Endless questions. Even if your carefully crafted For Sale ad addressing all of the salient points of the car, someone will ask you to go even deeper…”can you tell me the valve clearance on the 3rd Cylinder at TDC when the engine is completely cold and when it is running at normal operating conditions”. Yes I have had those questions. And if you have sold a Porsche…any Porsche, I bet you have had them too.
So it seems that there is some kind of realtor code. How do I know this? Well I don’t, but I suspect there is. I mean how else do explain that we made a very good offer for a home and we did not get what I would call an answer. We got realtor speak, but nothing concrete from the sellers. I just want a simple yes or no, I want a counter offer. That can I understand and work with. I can negotiate from there. But something clothed in smooth realtor double speak - that I cannot condone or understand.
This is not our first rodeo, the next purchase will be our 6th home. You would think you learned a few things over the years. But with a white hot market, seems that realtors are all about the Benjamin’s and screw the buyer or seller. Geez a hot housing market is really tough to navigate. I miss the ease of a tough dealer negotiation or the endless questions when selling a Porsche. I just want to buy a house.
And on that exhaust note, see you all next time.
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Robert Turner is the author of The Driver, a series of six novels your editor in chief finds intoxicatingly engaging and superbly written; Book I— Decision and Book II— Training are currently available here. He also has a blog entitled My Life with Porsches. Robert can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.