He said, she said

The Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA) censured an agent who failed to disclose a leaky conservatory to a purchaser.  

He says he did communicate the issue to the purchaser. Classic "he said, she said". And you know what, no one wins.

There's a word to think about, a concept to consider, something perhaps missing here:


meaning: "respectful or courteous regard" (from the French déférence)

We're buying a house for goodness sake. We're not haggling in a bazaar, bidding on a $1 online auction, or browsing the $2 shop.  Where is the caution and respect due the largest financial transaction most people will ever do? The most common cause of issues on house sales - one party thought "this", the other party thought "that" - basic miscommunication - verbal miscommunication.

Buying and selling a house is a significant transaction with multiple components. Treat it with the care and respect it deserves. Thats why we designed the Question & Answer functionality for 200 Square - this is not the time or place for "off the cuff" responses, guesses, generalisations, and 'maybes'.

Document and be a bit formal - it deserves it.  Show deference up front, avoid hassle and confusion later.

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