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05/04/2016 | Author: Legal Staff

I requested some repairs to the home I’m buying, and the seller agreed to make them. I’d like to choose the companies to the do the work, but the seller insists that he will choose them. Isn’t it my right to decide—or at least approve of—who will make the repairs on the home I’m buying?  

The Texas Real Estate Commission contracts don’t provide for the buyer to designate who makes the repairs. However, the contracts do specify that the seller must use someone licensed to make the repairs, or, if no license is required by law, the seller must use someone commercially engaged in the trade of providing such repairs. The buyer and seller may agree otherwise in writing.

Talk to your REALTOR® about this situation to see if you and the seller can agree to a situation that is mutually acceptable to both parties. Your REALTOR® can also advise you about other considerations regarding repairs, such as timing issues or repairs required by the lender. 

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Categories: Buyers
Tags: buyers, sellers, selling, repairs

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