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5 things to never tell a buyer

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A buyer is looking at your home and asks a question. Be careful what you say, as it can cost you much more than you realize. As a seller, you may find yourself at home when a buyer is looking at your home. In most cases, it's smart to leave during the showing. If you are at home and the buyer or his/her agent asks a question, tread carefully. Here are five things to never tell a buyer. 1. Where is the property line? It's easy to point to the fence and say that's where the property line is. The correct answer to this question is, "I don't know where the exact property line is. If you want the exact location, you will need a survey." I remember selling a property where my client's brick fence was encroaching on a 2-inch-by-2-inch part of the property next door. My buyers didn't learn of the issue until they decided to add a room to the house. They hired a surveyor who discovered the problem. It cost almost $2,000 and a considerable amount of hassle to obtain a...