Encounters With Owners
When Looking At Kansas City Homes For Sale
You will probably meet the owners during one of your visits to a Kansas City real estate property. As all of you stand around feeling awkward, watch carefully for non-verbal communication among the homeowning family members.
Things to Watch For:
Did daughter blush when dad said the tap water was fit to drink? The owners may offer coffee or a soda, but watch out if you’re offered alcoholic beverages. They could be trying to blunt your powers of observation and resolve.
Be as charming as you can when you meet the owners. Remember, your goal is to make them divulge the worst secrets of the house and then let you have it for a fraction of what it’s worth just because they like you so much. Failing this, you want to undermine their confidence in the value of their home. Do this by pointing out obscure problems in the form of compliments.
Example: “I love the way you’ve handled the space in the living room. It makes the room look so much bigger than it really is.”
Caveat: Never suggest anything is wrong with the taste of the owners, even if there are acrylic fur seat covers on all the toilets and a portrait of Elvis over the hearth with eyes that follow you around the room.
Ask T. J. Lamb, T.J. Lamb Real Estate, about Kansas City real estate.
This Home Buying Tip was excerpted from:
The House Trap, by Alfred Gingold, Workman Publishing, 1988.