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Is it ok to have direct communication with a seller?

We are under contract for a short sale. The seller has some items they would like to sell (pool, gazebo, dining table etc). They do not want these items to be part of the house sale negotiation and want cash. We are fine with that but I am concerned with how to go about negotiating these things. My husband has the sellers number (we met him at showing and inspection). Is it ok to talk about this stuff? What are some reasons this might not be a good idea?
  • November 16 2013 - US
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As Realtors we can't get involved in the sale of personal property as part of the real estate transaction.  We can let our clients know x y z is for sale or indicate our buyer is interested in purchasing something.

I would let my agent know what is going on as a courtesy.  You can speak to the seller about personal property.  The best way to handle it is to agree to purchase x y or z and the price.  Write up a simple agreement that you will purchase these items on a particular date.  Have the seller write up a bill of sale when you complete the transaction.

Do not exchange money at the closing table.  Any deal involving the personal property can be done in the parking lot before you go in to close or at a coffee shop right before closing. 
  • November 16 2013
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Thanks so much! Exactly what I wanted to know.
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The reason it might be a bad idea is that it might blow up your transaction.

Go through your agent; your objective is to close the sale of the property, not buy furniture, right?

All the best,
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Negotiating about personal property is OK - as long as you and seller don't talk about the real estate transaction.
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If you are working with a buyer's agent, then ask the agent for the best protocol.

We've bought and sold several houses, and most of the time there has been direct communication between the parties related to miscellaneous personal property.    "do you want the shelves in the garage" "do you want the couch with large flowers".         This has worked well because there has been no animosity between parties.
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