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A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor®-Part 26: Buyers’ Best Interests Come First

Main Line Realtors put buyers' interests first!Not every day in the life of this Main Line Realtor® is a profitable one. Some days my job is to end a transaction part way through and that is not a happy day for anyone. Recently, a buying couple working with me found a Main Line home they liked for its size and renovated kitchen. I was concerned about the house because it was on a downhill slope with hints of water infiltration. I also felt that the home had been somewhat neglected during the time the sellers had rented it out right before putting it on the market.

My clients believed, correctly, that the home would need renovation in other areas besides the kitchen and that, at least for them, it was overpriced. They decided to put in an offer and we were able to get the price down to a reasonable point, so they accepted and we went ahead with the inspections. I suggested they include a mold inspection due to the dampness issue.

After a 4-hour home inspection resulting in a 90-page list of issues and a mold test showing remediation would be required in most of the lower level, my buyers decided to walk away. Luckily, our standard agreement of sale gives buyers this right after a proper inspection which is concluded in the allotted time, and we had met all the criteria.

paint in front of door - Main Line Realtor

It was difficult for the buyers, who liked the house and had invested in exhaustive inspections, as well as for the sellers, who were anticipating a quick cash closing for their vacant house. The other agent and I were disappointed after having worked very hard to get the transaction put together. Like others in our industry, Main Line Realtors® do not get paid a salary: we only make money when deals close. None of that matters, though, if the house is not right for the buyers, as was the case in this instance.

 

I was pleasantly surprised that the other agent was professional and courteous in facilitating the termination. In the past, I have had seasoned agents, even one who is a manager of a large office, actually become angry and combative with me over a termination. That kind of reaction never works with me so we got through it, but it left me wondering how many transactions that should terminate easily have to go through a lot of trouble to get there. Sad for the buyers if that is true!

Sage Realtors® put Main Line buyers’ interests first. Just ask our clients.

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I moved to PA from Washington State and learned that realty is local. There were things that I thought I knew about buying a house previously but boy was I wrong. Linda was very patient with me but also did not hold back when she saw potential problems, and always made sure I had all the information I needed before making a decision and didn’t belittle concerns to just get a sale. Above all else, and this was the most important thing to me, Linda has a high ethical standard, is very transparent in her approach and is someone I trusted making one of the biggest decisions of my life. – A. Lindsay (Courtesy of Google)

 

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  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
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  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

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Hear from our Clients

  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

Read more about what our clients have to say

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