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Asking the seller to build a fence?

My wife and I are interested in a house, and the only issue we have with it is that it does not have a fence. The house has been on the market for a while now, and we know we could easily get it for another $6k-10K lower than it currently is listed at ($138k). However, we are thinking of offering the seller list price, if they put a privacy fence in the back yard (it would be around $6-$8k). Does that sound like a reasonable offer, or is this something that most seller would not do (this is my first time buying a home).
  • July 22 2013 - Florence
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Everything is negotiable in buying and selling a home. It all depends on how motivated the seller is and what is their bottom line.it would be also a good idea to ask seller for the $$ and get it done by a trusted contractor after closing. Talk to your agent he/she might be able to help.
  • July 22 2013
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Doesn't Hurt To Ask!.


I am often surprised at how many people miss out on getting the deal they want because they (or their agent) never ask for it.  
  • July 22 2013
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Everyone loves a full price offer but the sellers may not have the funds or otherwise be able to have a fence installed.  It definitely wouldn't hurt to ask but I would have your agent talk to the listing agent prior to submitting your offer to see if this is something that could be worked out.  You could also ask for a credit to be escrowed for the installation of a fence after closing but there may not be room in the transaction for that sort of negotiation.  Talk to your agent and the other agent.

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Renee Major
HomeSmart Realty Group
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  • July 22 2013
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Wow the consensus here is no.  But I say Yes. Everything is negotiable.  I think u want the owner to put up the fence so u can have the cost in your mortgage - which is a smart idea.  There are valid points here about the chance the homeowner will be left holding the bag on the cost if u bail.  But that too can be covered in the offer - that they don't put up the fence till all conditions have been removed - and u've given them a good deposit to cover it.   Plus u want to pick the fence & possibly the contractor to make sure it what & how u want it.  Go for it.  Happy Housing
  • July 22 2013
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Its worth a shot, but the money owed on the home is the biggest issue, most homeowners do not want to put cash out to sale their home.  $6-$8K, must be a long privacy fence, current cost is $12-$16 a foot.
  • July 22 2013
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That is something you can negotiate but I would prefer to pick my own fencing contractor and make sure the work is done correctly and on my own watch. May be better to negotiate on price and take the money saved to put in your own fence. If the value supports it, you can take out a HELOC after closing and put in the fence on your own, drawn from the equity.
  • July 22 2013
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That does not sound like a reasonable request.  Base your offer on the fact that you know you will be buying installing a fence.  Use this in your negotiations as well.  Plus, if you add the fence yourself, you know it will be done by a contractor of your choice with high quality materials, whereas the seller may just install one that is cheap and is not quality craftsmanship.
  • July 22 2013
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Dear Florence Buyer,
It might be reasonable....it might not..it just depends on the seller, their feelings about the offer and their motivation. In the current market, if a home is well priced you will be in competition with other buyers, who will offer asking (or over) without the special requests and you might not get the house at all.
My advice? Talk to your "Buyer Agent" to find out if you offer has a chance of being accepted and how to present it in it's best light.
  • July 22 2013
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Hi,

It is an unreasonable request and may require a permit which is time consuming. 

  • July 22 2013
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No. Asking the seller to put in 6-8K in fencing on a 138K house is not reasonable. If you think the price is too high based on the recent sales, offer a little less on the house instead.
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It is privacy fence. 6" tall and about 300-400ft. Privacy fence is around $15/foot.
  • July 22 2013
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No, that is not a reasonable request.   Adjust your offer price accordingly.    The price you have on the fence seems outrageous for a single family home.   What materials are you proposing?  
  • July 22 2013
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Generally, the longer the house is on the market, the more flexible the seller will be in concessions.
However, since the seller is looking at spending $6-8K out of their own pocket before closing, they may not be able to accommodate your request for financial reasons.
If that is the case, you might try to get a little creative.
One solution might be to ask them to pay for your closing costs and use the money you are saving there to pay for the fence yourself after closing.
Another way might be to escrow the money at closing and use it to pay for the fence, if the lender will allow it.
Regardless, they will probably be thrilled to get an offer and be willing to work something out as long as your request is reasonable.
I hope this helps.
 
  • July 22 2013
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Most sellers would not build a fence for a buyer.  The issue is if they build a fence and you for some reason do not close, they have now spent money they cannot get back.

You also have to consider that the seller may not have the funds to modify the property.  You may want to offer the list price and ask for a seller subsidy for the amount of the fence.  This will also have to be allowable by your lender. 

You can ask the seller for anything, they can also say no to anything.  If you are working with an agent, have them speak to the listing agent and see if there is something that can be worked out. 

The fence cost of $6-8k is a lot for a fence.  How big of a fence are you talking about?  How may linear feet is it and what kind of fence? 
  • July 22 2013
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