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#1 Montro

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:29 PM

In an effort to escape my psycho neighbour, I've decided to sell up and buy another house.  I've spotted one I really like the look of and gave the agent a call.  I was showing a friend the listing and she told me that she knows the people who own the house; she lives in the same street.

The agent told me the people are selling because they both work around a 40 minute drive away and they want to buy closer to their place of employment.  She also told me their children go to school close to their place of employment, so that would make the school run a 2km run instead of a 40km run.  She also gave me a few more reasons.

When I mentioned the reasons to my friend who knows the family selling, she was shocked as she told me the parents work in the town we live in and not 40kms away at all.  The children go to school in the town where we live as well.  My friend sometimes takes the children to school!  She told me the reason they are selling is because they have bought acreage on the outskirts of town and are building.  They will continue to work and school exactly where they are now.

So the agent has lied to me about why these people are selling.  I'm really keen on the house they are selling and of course, would do a thorough building inspection on the property if I decided to make an offer.  Would the lying agent put you off making an offer on the property, or wouldn't it bother you?  I have no idea why the agent would lie, but am hesitating about dealing with an unethical agent.

#2 Mrs Mc

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:32 PM

I wouldn't let that put me off buying it. But I would let the agent know you know they lied and you will be requesting proof for any statements he makes regarding the state of the house or rates.

#3 monkeys mum

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:36 PM

If I liked the house it wouldn't bother me but I would mention one selling point for you is being friends with the neighbours so they get the hint that you know they lied to you.

#4 aprilrain

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:40 PM

I'd be thinking the agent got them confused with a different client. Building on acreage and upgrading are perfectly acceptable reasons for selling and wouldn't make you worry what you are buying into.

Pscho neighbours, looming building plans for next door,etc...I'd be annoyed.

#5 HRH Countrymel

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:43 PM

That is really odd?

I wonder if the agent has mixed up her properties?  The real reason the people are selling seems perfectly benign so I can't imagine why she would bother to lie..?

(time for the countrymel obligatory tangent)

I still remember the look on an agent's face when she was showing me a property and said "The previous owner was a wildlife carer" (explaining why there were so many pens and cages in the back yard)

As I was looking further into the house I recognised a few paintings and realised I knew who the owners were..

"Oh now I get it - he's the snake man!"  
Agent turns pale "The who?"  
"The snake man! He comes and gets snakes from your house!  He got a couple of huge tigers from my friend's house last year. I guess these must have been for snakes too?" as I'm looking at some other more tightly meshed pens..  

I turned around to see her bolting for her car!  She made me look around the rest of the property on my own and I had to escort her to the door to lock it back up!

#6 pickledbrain

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:46 PM

Wouldn't bother me, but I'd be seeing if I could chat to the owners and negotiate with them without the agent.  Can save both parties a lot of money and you don't have to deal with an agent.

#7 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:47 PM

Maybe that's what the owners told the realtor. They may have bought through another agency and don't want this realtor to know.

#8 SunshineMum

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

I agree with aprilrain. Selling to build on acreage is a totally legit reason to sell:)

Good luck with the house. Hope you get it:)

Edited by SunshineMum, 03 February 2013 - 12:50 PM.

#9 brazen

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:52 PM

maybe there are 2 houses for sale?

anyway, we bought our house from a lying agent - it worked well as our own agent hated him and gave us the goss behind the stories to get us the best price to pay wink.gif

i wouldn't use him to sell but no probs with buying from him

#10 Senna

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:58 PM

QUOTE (pickledbrain @ 03/02/2013, 12:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wouldn't bother me, but I'd be seeing if I could chat to the owners and negotiate with them without the agent.  Can save both parties a lot of money and you don't have to deal with an agent.

Um, this is illegal as they would have signed an agreement with the agent.

I agree with the others, the agent has most likely either gotten the owners mixed up with someone else, or they lied about their reasons for selling.  I can understand why it has made you question their reliablity, but it isn't something I would lose too much sleep over if I liked the house.

#11 CallMeFeral

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:00 PM

What a douche.
It wouldn't put me off, but it would make me ensure that I got anything I was relying on for the purchase, in writing.

#12 jessie123

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

Id think they got confused with another client. Or perhaps the people selling the house told the agent what he told you.
It is such a stupid lie that no it would not bother me. It has no bearing on the sale.

#13 Propaganda

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:05 PM

If I wanted the house, I would still buy it.

I wonder what her reasons for lying were though. If she was lying because the people wanted to escape the neighbours noisy dog, the crime rate was high, etc, it would make sense for her to lie. But if they just wanted to relocate, why lie? Strange.

#14 Coffeegirl

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:13 PM

QUOTE (pickledbrain @ 03/02/2013, 01:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wouldn't bother me, but I'd be seeing if I could chat to the owners and negotiate with them without the agent.  Can save both parties a lot of money and you don't have to deal with an agent.

You can't usually do this.  If you sign a contract with an agent, then all sales have to go through the agent.  This can also apply for up 6 mths after you end the contract with the agent.

I know that when we bought this house it had been up for sale about 5 mths earlier and was passed in at auction.   We had to date all our paperwork 6 mths after then end of the agent's contract, or they could sue the vendor for the commisssion.

OP. it sounds like the agent got confused with another client.  It does happen, especially if they are not in the office and don't have the files right in front of them.

#15 Montro

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:31 PM

Well, I just called the agent and thought that perhaps she had indeed confused her properties.  So I gave her the listing ID, address, description of property, and she told me the same lies.  She also asked if I wanted an inspection; I declined.  I didn't tell her that I'd already spoken to her previously.  There's no way she's confusing the properties.  

Just for the heck of it, I googled her name and up popped her Facebook page.  Her profile photo is of her and the woman selling the property!  Friends, relatives?  I think I'll have to keep my ear to the ground and see if I can discover what the neighbours are like as I don't get why she's lying about the reason they're selling, unless they have bad neighbours, crime etc.  It's all a bit odd.

#16 ubermum

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:33 PM

If your pre-requisite is to buy from a real estate agent that doesn't lie, you will never buy property.

#17 intd242

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:43 PM

Maybe it is a marriage breakdown? Who knows. Doesn't sound like a biggie, rather she doesn't want to give personals.

#18 ~Nodnol~

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:59 PM

Maybe the vendor doesn't want every joe blow off the street knowing their plans? They aren't obligated to tell you why they are moving.

#19 *melrose*

Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:02 PM

she is just making up a story as she might not know the really story why they are selling, i would not care.

#20 KT1978

Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:09 PM

Maybe they want to hide that they spent a lot on the acreage and have bridging finance?

We got $50,000 off our house, partly because we knew they HAD to sell because they already bought elsewhere.

#21 intd242

Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

QUOTE (KT1978 @ 03/02/2013, 02:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe they want to hide that they spent a lot on the acreage and have bridging finance?

We got $50,000 off our house, partly because we knew they HAD to sell because they already bought elsewhere.

Very good point.

#22 PrincessPeach

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

QUOTE (ubermum @ 03/02/2013, 01:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If your pre-requisite is to buy from a real estate agent that doesn't lie, you will never buy property.

I agree with this!

A selling agent wants the best price for the property & will often spin white lies about the situation.

#23 DomesticDivinity

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:34 PM

What agents don't lie? (and I say this having worked in real estate).

We just settled on our new house only to rip up the carpet and discover chip board under the carpet instead of the floorboards we were told were there. Grrr.

#24 FeralZombieMum

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:35 PM

QUOTE (Montro @ 03/02/2013, 02:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think I'll have to keep my ear to the ground and see if I can discover what the neighbours are like as I don't get why she's lying about the reason they're selling, unless they have bad neighbours, crime etc.  It's all a bit odd.

QUOTE (Montro @ 03/02/2013, 01:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was showing a friend the listing and she told me that she knows the people who own the house; she lives in the same street.

Err isn't your friend one of the neighbours?

Perhaps it was your "friend" that fibbed -perhaps she doesn't want to become your neighbour.

Edited by ZombieMum, 04 February 2013 - 12:35 PM.

#25 Heather11

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:40 PM

So are you expecting the agent who sells your house to tell the truth?  I'm sure having a psycho neighbour will mean it sells quickly.

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