Posted by Jim IL on April 15, 1999 at 15:08:52:
I usually include in my contracts, “subject to Buyers partners approval and inspection.” This is a good “weasel” clause, allowing you to back out if something goes arry.
Also, include a section that allows you access to the home for inspections, estimates and showing to prospective tenants and buyers.
As for the foundation, I am not well versed enough to advise you on that.
Honestly, your offer sounds low enough to compensate for that.
If the RE agent insists on using thier contract, go ahead, just include your own addendums and/or riders.
Frankly though, using your own contract is better.
Some REO sellers can be difficult when you use addendums and special requests, so be careful there. I try to avoid that by including my extra requirements deep within the contract. I do not hide them, I just do not point them out, at least until after it is signed and I need to use them.
As for the sign, well, I have seen that discussed here several times. Personally I have not had a problem with that. My buyers usually do not care if there is a RE sign or not.
If they would, I’d not violate the Realtors. I would simply schedule my showings and show up early. Then temporarily remove the sign, and replace it after showing.
Since my contract states I have the right to reasonably access the home, I will not have the RE agent there. And if they insist, I’d try to get them to rethink it, through negotiation. Which honestly, if they heard, “I won’t close until I have a buyer”, they should be a little more receptive.
good luck, and I’m sure some of the more experienced investors here will also have advice.