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Agents Divulge Strange Questions From Buyers

Realtor.com® recently asked real estate professionals to share some of the strangest questions a client ever asked them. Here’s what some agents had to say:

“Does the car in the driveway come with the house?”

Chike Uzoka, a real estate pro with Weichert, REALTORS®, in Newark, N.J., says it’s not uncommon for a buyer to ask about the chandeliers, furnishings, or appliances coming with the house, but a random car in the driveway was a new one to him.

“Is anyone buried in the backyard?”

Larry Prigal, a real estate pro with RE/MAX in Gaithersburg, Md., says there was no indication that the house had any corpses buried in the backyard. He responded with a joke: “I’m not aware of anyone buried there, but you can dig it up after you’ve settled on the property.”

“I really like this house, but I need to pray about it. Is that OK?”

Kimberly Sands, a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage in Wilmington, N.C., said she gets this question quite a bit and always figures the buyers will then go home to pray and think about it. Instead, “all of the sudden she drops to her knees and starts flailing her arms and yelling at the top of her lungs: ‘Dear Jesus, please send me a sign, Jesus, a sign that I should buy this house!’” After about 15 minutes, her answer: No.

“Do you think the homeowner would give me the house without a down payment?”

Julie McDonough, a real estate pro with AmeriSell in Southern California, told him: “I can’t imagine they would.” The buyer explained that a seminar he attended talked about how to get the seller to deed the buyer the property without any credit or money. McDonough asked if any one had actually deeded a property to him yet. He responded: “No, but it’s a numbers game.”

“Can we close all the blinds and doors and turn off the lights? I just need to see the space at its darkest.”

The buyer was eccentric and a CEO of a big startup, the Brooklyn real estate agent, who wished not to be identified, recalls. She stood at the front door with her hand on the doorknob as the buyer attempted to see the home at its darkest. “I was pretty sure this was the end for me,” the agent recalled. Fortunately, she made it out of the home fine.

Source: “10 Strangest Questions Buyers Have Ever Asked About a House,” realtor.com® (May 17, 2017)


1617 28th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35209

2 beds 2 baths 1,080 sqft

This 2 bed 2 bath home is the perfect starter home to show your parents and friends that you have it together.

The front porch leads you into a nice living room that has plenty of sunlight and a fireplace. To really impress your friends, put your coffee table there and put a bowl of lemons on top of a book or put a flower from the front yard in a vase. Bask in the sunshine beaming through the windows. Avoid your guests in the master bedroom.

The master bath has a stand-up shower. Would you rather take a bath? The second bathroom has a tub/shower combo. Start a bath and switch to a shower if you are indecisive.

The kitchen has granite countertops, an eat-in area, and tile floors. There is also a large pantry which is perfect for storing your gluten-free Bisquick. On one of Birmingham's 3 spring days, eat on the porch. The back porch overlooks a large backyard which is enclosed by a privacy fence. Live your dreams through your kids by playing sports in the yard. Wake up in the morning and let the dog outside while you stay inside. Beat the birds to pick blueberries from the bush, or pick rosemary. Find a creative recipe that uses blueberries and rosemary. The point is that they are there and have somehow survived.

From the kitchen you can access the dry basement or the back porch. The basement has plenty of storage for all the stuff that you pack up and move and are planning on going through one day. Tell your mom the home has a basement "in case of storms" and she will almost certainly nod in approval. Text your friends that "they are welcome to come use your basement" when James Spann interrupts your regularly scheduled tv programming to tell you about weather and respect the polygon from the comfort of the basement. It's unfinished, but you will be dry. Also, there is a one-year old heat pump. You will likely be the envy of your peer group because of your reasonably priced utility bills. If you need to leave just set the alarm and go. (It is wired for an alarm system, but you have to get your own account).

The location of this home is excellent. You will have no problem getting your fitbit steps in each day. Walk your dog to Homewood Park. Carry your kettlebells to Iron Tribe fitness. Ride your unicycle to Octane Coffee or O'Henry's.

Take your child to the Creative Montessori School or just toss them over the fence in the backyard to get them there quicker because you are running behind because getting a kid ready in a timely fashion is difficult. (Disclaimer: Don't throw kids). Plan dinner with a friend for Little Donkey or Dave's Pizza, sushi, Zoe's, or Urban Cookhouse, but walk over by yourself early and eat a Steel City Pop pre-dinner. After dinner, suggest that you and your friend get a SC Pop as if it is your first. Or Walk to Dreamcakes or the Edgewood Creamery. It won't matter because you can throw on your Lululemon and work it off at pure barre, iFit, Sweat and Gears, or the Homewood Community Center/gym.

Better yet, walk to the farmer's market at Soho in that apparel to demonstrate your affinity for an active lifestyle. If you hate working out, just buy bigger clothes at one of the many shops in downtown Homewood. Worried about your soul? Walk to church at Dawson Baptist or Trinity Methodist depending on the age you were baptized. If that isn't your style, the home is convenient to 280, downtown Birmingham, and the interstate so you can go to the faith of your choosing. I don't care. If you would rather sleep in on Sunday, the street is very quiet.

If you work downtown you can choose I-65 north, 280, or you could bypass them altogether and head up 20th street to drop into the back of Southside/UAB.