There's no place like . . .
Every HOME has its quirks and special issues. We all know something about the place we live that makes it unique, but we find ways to overcome those issues and carry on with our lives — no problem.
No problem, that is, until a HOME is listed for sale! Then, suddenly, the seller is terrified that no one will buy a house that isn’t perfect in every way. And while most of the issues that a house might have are easily overcome or might require some creative thinking, that’s no consolation to a seller who may just feel that the best path is to say nothing of the problems unless someone else mentions them first.
Perception is reality?
As the saying goes, what you don't know won't hurt you.
Except, in some cases, that's just not true.
In fact, what a seller might just want to be quiet about could have a tremendous impact on your decisions around buying and/or improving a HOME. Consider these top five things a seller might not want you to know about —
- Property damage that has been concealed or fixed in DIY fashion
- Drainage issues that haven’t been addressed
- A death inside of the HOME
- A troublesome neighbor
- Financial issues concerning the current mortgage (e.g., foreclosure)
What should you do?
Disclosure laws require that some or all of these details be revealed during the sales process, but who's going to do the asking? Who will remember what to look for?
Firstly, know for yourself what your big issues might be — were are all different, and the big issues for you will not be the same as everyone else's. Secondly — most importantly — make sure you're working with a REALTOR® with the expertise and experience to spot potential issues, dig deep on any not-so-obvious items, and negotiate a fair exchange on account of anything that's uncovered.
Problems don't have to be deal-breakers, but if you're buying a new HOME, you deserve to know as much as you can about it. A credentialed REALTOR® can be the difference between a well-planned decision and a poor one.
Grilled chicken and herb and corn salsa
tons of fresh flavor in just a few minutes
- 2 ¼-pound, skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
- 2 large ears of shucked corn
- 1 Cup of fresh basil leaves
- ½ Cup of fresh mint leaves
- ¼ Cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 clove of garlic
- ¼ of fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
- Season the chicken with about ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
- Grill the chicken over medium heat, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes (or until done — 165˚), turning each thigh over once.
- Grill the corn over medium heat for about ten minutes, turning it over from time to time.
- Add the basil, mint, Parmesan cheese, and about ¼ teaspoon of salt to a food processor and pulse the blend until it is finely chopped.
- Add the lemon juice and the olive oil to the processor and pulse again until they are combined with the herb blend.
- Cut the kernels off of the cobs.
- In a mixing bowl, stir the herb blend together with the corn kernels.
Serve and enjoy! The herb and corn salsa can be served atop or to the side of the grilled chicken.