Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

A Disclosure is a must.  I let the customer make up their own minds.

Aug 10, 2015 10:12 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Tuesday morning Hella. I did not make any attempts to dissuade however I do tell them to do their due diligence.

Aug 10, 2015 08:02 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

You can't dissuade anyone from what they have their hearts set on but you should share your concerns and talk about potential resale issues 

Aug 10, 2015 07:46 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Hella. I am intrigued by the way you asked the question "checkered past"? If all was disclosed to the prospective buyer, they have to make the decision that is best for them.

Aug 10, 2015 06:17 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Always good to let them know what they are getting into.


Aug 10, 2015 04:50 PM
Dana Chiordi
Dana@ContactDana.com | Chiordi Property Advisors, PLC | DPR Realty | (623) 252-9032 - Phoenix, AZ
Quality service that will move you!

Disclose in writing and encourage professionl inspections and opinions.  Not sure nature of problems you are concerned about, but advise them to get qualified feedback to verify matters and better understanding of full issues and estimates to fix ...or if all feedback points them in another direction.  

Aug 10, 2015 03:59 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

What's unacceptable to you may be perfectly acceptable to someone else.

Disclose everything you know and encourage the buyers to do their due diligence.  As long as they know what they're signing up for and are good with it, it's all good.

Aug 10, 2015 03:50 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I would present the facts..and let them make up their own mind...Dissuading can come back to haunt you.  A

Aug 10, 2015 03:20 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I disclose, but I do not dissuade nor persuade in the decision making. 

Aug 10, 2015 01:55 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

My responsibility is to inform/disclose, not persuade or dissuade.

Aug 10, 2015 11:14 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Since we are paid for our knowledge I would definitely give them my advise and opinion; however the ultimate decision is theirs.

Aug 10, 2015 10:04 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I mention resale issues and my concerns but buyers have to decide.

Aug 10, 2015 09:42 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I know what a 'checkered past' for a person means, but have no clue what a checkered past suggests for a house. After all, the house makes no decisions.

'See a lot of problems' that were identified in the inspection report along with what the remedy looks like. The buyer paid for that report. If they 'love the house' I will not interfere in the love affair.

You never know what house the buyer will fall in love with. They may have seen apple pie in the kitchen that exists only in their most cherished memories. If you make the decision to invalidate the values another holds dear, you do so in great peril.

However, my objective observations are always available.

Aug 10, 2015 09:18 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I lay out the facts and go through the pros and cons with them (verbally and in writing) and then let them make their own decision.Then if they insist on buying, I document the conversation so it doesn't bite me in the you know what one day.

Aug 10, 2015 09:07 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

I always advise my buyers to get qualified opinions when making a decision.  

Aug 10, 2015 04:33 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

They hire you for your expertise, direct them to hire a good inspector to determine exactly what needs fixing.

Oct 31, 2018 08:25 AM
Scott Thompson
Columbia Mortgage Plus - Blue Springs, MO
Commerical Finance - Blue Springs, MO

I go straight Chucky over wobbly boxes.

Is it a teardown?

Aug 11, 2015 02:11 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I feel everything that would make a buyer change his/her mind about buying a property should be disclosed....

Aug 10, 2015 11:24 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Honesty is the best policy!

Aug 10, 2015 11:10 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Absolutely we disclose and ask them to step away emotionally from the property and think 1-5 years down the road when the home will need this and that for repairs, etc.

Aug 10, 2015 10:12 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning Hella,

Just yesterday my buyer checked a house that was price below $30,000. It was disclosed that it needed lots of work and possibly not permitted. After viewing, they made a decision no to place an offer. It was their decision and I would not dissuade anyone.

Aug 11, 2015 10:49 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I've talked many buyers out of buying homes that I knew weren't right for them.  The cool thing is that they have always bought with me, and always thanked me for it later.  

Aug 11, 2015 11:44 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - the buyers take final decision - however, disclosing the facts is my job. (And I'd also say, if I have to sell this home, I'll have lots of problems in selling....lol)

Aug 11, 2015 11:11 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Thats not for you to decide.  Some people love a challenge.

Aug 11, 2015 10:51 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Depends on your definition of checkered, the questioned is too broad.

Aug 11, 2015 08:33 AM
Jan Sohlman
RE/MAX Integrity - Eugene, OR
RE/MAX Integrity


Of course I would. If they really wanted it, I would insist on a home warranty from the sellers.

Aug 11, 2015 05:26 AM
Matthew Lawrence
ReMax Center - Round Lake, IL

Legally, you are required to disclose disclose disclose. You worked hard for your license and I am sure that you would like to keep it and not be disciplined if the deal goes south. Never put yourself into a position where the words " well my agent didnt tell us that..." are uttered especially if it is something you were required to...

Aug 11, 2015 03:03 AM
Dwight Puntigan
DRP Realty, LLC - Saint Peters, MO
Dwight Puntigan

I am not a transaction agent.  Good transactions ideally are still good for the family or business several years down the road.  No one has a crystal ball to know the future, but we can hedge.  The impact of sellers disclosures, no matter how complete, do not always register with the buyer.  Naturally decisions are always made by the client.  However, it is desirable if those decisions are made with their eyes wide open.  Even I rely on those that tell me what I need to know as opposed to what I am saying.

Aug 11, 2015 02:57 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Absolutely...however, it is limited to input and feedback and not telling someone what to do. I document it verbally. A word to the wise is still sufficient!

Aug 11, 2015 02:00 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® Steering is illegal so I would say no.

Aug 10, 2015 10:15 PM