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Just let It Go

My clients really wanted the house, and told me that I could “overlook all the usual issues.” I wondered what exactly they mean, and where they wanted me to draw the line.

  • What about structural and mechanical representations? They didn’t care.

  • What about assurances that there were no wood-destroying insects? No worries.

  • A financing contingency? Didn’t need it.

  • Clear title?  They dismissed it.

  • Just to be clear, they didn’t want me to raise any issues whatsoever? Yes, no matter what, let it go.

OK, I said, I understand. But to also be clear, I was going to have them sign an extensive CYA letter that spelled out how reckless they were being, and how many different ways they could be sorry for what we didn’t do during the negotiation and due diligence phases.“That’s cool,” they said. I wrote it, they signed it, we did the deal, and they closed.

About three months later, they came back to me to help them sell the same house for over $150,000 more. Title was a little glitched-up, so it took me a bit of time to unsnarl, but six months after they instructed me to get them the house without making any waves, they were sailing happily to the bank.

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