October 10, 2010 |
Talk about thorough. When now semi-retired Chicago-area agent Hank Roeters was showing a house some years back to potential home buyers, the couple climbed into the bathtub together to make sure it fit two. Most would-be home buyers aren't nearly as detailed, even in today's buyer's market when they have plenty of time to make informed decisions. In fact, real estate agents think buyers are not exhaustive enough. According to realty agents, folks tend to pay far too much mind to the wallpaper, paint colors, carpet, greasy appliances and even the seller's furniture, and not nearly enough attention to water stains in the basement, corroded electric boxes, windows that refuse to open, rotted floor joists and cracks in the foundation.