Sometimes deals like the one at 69 Union Street, West Bridgewater happen. There’s an unexplainable confluence of events that made the deal go smoothly. It’s the result of experience, maybe, but I think there’s more to it than that.
I met Carolyn Owens through the Autumn 2016 Stoughton Photo Contest. She was the winner with a photo called “Tree Guardians”. She also entered the Spring 2017 Stoughton Photo Contest and had two honorable mentions with “Homecoming Cows” and Stillwater”. She’s a talented photographer.
We started working with each other a few months ago. I showed Carolyn and her husband Brian, a man of much technical prowess, some tough properties on our first day out including 872 Park Street, Stoughton and 359 Central Street, Stoughton. As of today, 872 Park Street is still actively listed in the MLS and 349 Central Street has expired in the MLS. We saw more and more properties over the next few months…
We finally found 69 Union Street, West Bridgewater on a rainy night in September. It was a raised ranch that was in good shape but with some room for improvement. I’ve seen what Brian can do, he’s helped improve his parents living room most recently and had previously excavated part his parents yard in order to install a new playset for his children, so I thought he could handle the issues that this home presented. It was listed at a fair price of $339,900. We made an offer and, after a bit of negotiation, came together with the sellers’ agent and the seller at $330,000. We were happy.
That feeling of happiness didn’t last too long. We finally got a copy of the Title 5 Inspection Report after much haranguing…
No failure criteria we’re met on the day of the inspection. There is no information on this septic system at the Board of Health and it appears it is the original system when the house was built. The stone in the leaching field was dry at the time of inspection. There is only one person living in the house so there is very low water usage. This system may need to be replaced in the near future depending on the new owners’ water usage.
Gah! I was pissed. I called Brian and Carolyn up and told them that we should walk unless the sellers agree to install a new septic system. They agreed.
I spoke with the inspector, Tom Snell of T. Snell Construction and Excavating, and, I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of his comments. He could’ve simply turned a blind eye like so many others may have because the septic system technically passed the Title 5 inspection. He could’ve made no comments at all.
I want to let you know, if you’re a buyer or seller, that I always put your needs in front of mine. I will always work on your behalf to the detriment of my wallet. I am willing to lose a sale instead of my ethics and morals. That will always be true.
You may think that that we were at a low but here is actually where nirvana was reached. Brian and Carolyn allowed me to work on their behalf. They took my advice, held steady, and allowed me to negotiate. We were playing chicken while the sellers’ agent was seemingly playing possum. We waited days… The sellers’ agent finally came back and told us that the seller would agree to replace the septic system or reduce the asking price by $20,000. Yay!!! I can’t thank Brain and Carolyn enough for actually taking my advice. It is something that rarely happens. After much thoughtful deliberation, Brian and Carolyn, agreed on the price reduction to $310,000.
I am extremely grateful to Brian and Carolyn for being such great clients. I’m equally grateful for both Patrick Queally of Hancock Mortgage Partners and Larry Balin of Lawrence B. Balin, Attorney at Law. Brian and Carolyn have reported that Patrick and Larry both did wonderful jobs. I’ve been working with Patrick and Larry for years and this is typical of them.
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