Three questions to ask before buying a home
by Jacques Ambron
Feb 18, 2015 | 7355 views | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Q. I am selling my house and buying an apartment. What do I do first? I need the money from the house to buy, but I’m afraid to accept an offer.

A. This is not an uncommon situation, and most of the people I deal with are selling and buying. Working with a real estate broker on both sides will help you through this process. There are a number of solutions to this problem, but it’s important to be up front with all parties. It is possible to arrange a closing for both the sale and purchase on the same day.

Alternatively, you can close on your sale property, stay for a few days, and pay rent until you can close on the purchase. The other point is that if you cannot purchase without selling, you will need to make it clear that your purchase is “contingent” on the sale of your property.

Q. I went into a real estate office today to purchase a new home. They asked me to sign a disclosure statement. What’s this all about?

A. New York State law requires that real estate agents present both sellers and buyers with an agency disclosure. This disclosure makes clear the employment relationship of the agent. In most cases, the agents will be working for the sellers and therefore have a fiduciary responsibility to them.

However, agents are obligated to provide the purchasers with “Fair and Honest Dealing.” Signing this disclosure doesn’t obligate you in any way, it is merely proof that the information was disclosed to you.

Q. I’m planning on selling my apartment this spring, and a cousin from another area said he can handle the transaction. Is this a good idea?

A. My philosophy is don’t hire anyone you’re not willing to fire. I would recommend choosing someone that will work for you objectively, and not someone who will do it as a side deal. You have to be willing to hold your agent accountable.

Likewise, if you hire a friend, you run the risk of ruining a friendship. The best thing is to choose someone who has a track record and will get the job of selling done right.

Jacques Ambron is the owner of Madeleine Realty in Forest Hills.

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