How to buy more than the house

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A man holds a set of silver keys in one hand and a small model house in the other.

08/14/2015 | Author: Jaime Lee

In a real estate deal, you can ask for anything. While the other party doesn’t have to agree to your request, everything is negotiable … even items that don’t usually stay with a property. 

Buyers sometimes ask for items like the refrigerator or clothes washer and dryer to transfer or "convey" with the property, but the possibilities don’t end with appliances. 

Do you love the seller’s wall-mounted TV or riding lawnmower? You may be able to keep them. I’ve heard of a buyer who asked for the seller's six goats to remain on the property and one buyer who wanted to keep the potted plants. 

If there’s something you want in addition to the property, talk with your Texas REALTOR®. He or she can help you present your request in writing to the seller using the Texas Real Estate Commission's Non-Realty Items Addendum

Your Texas REALTOR® can help you present your offer and any requested conveyances … just in case you want to keep the goats. 

Categories: Buyers, Sellers
Tags: homebuyers, first-time homebuyers, buyers, forms


Asif S on 09/05/2015

Be sure to put the serial # for all non-realty items on the contract.  It’s true you can negotiate anything but it’s always good to be careful, especially in a seller’s market.

Candy Cargill on 08/14/2015

The funniest, oddest, strangest conveyance I’ve heard of was…drum roll please…MAMA conveyed.
Mama lived in the guest house and new owners were to take care of her!!!

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