Marcy, a first-time homebuyer, was over-the-moon excited about finally moving into her new home.
The day arrived, the movers were actually on time and, for the first time since the final walk-through, she opened the door to her home.
Since she had a case of water bottles with her, she headed
straight for the refrigerator to ensure they were kept cool for her
But there was no
refrigerator – just an empty space where it stood just weeks earlier during the
walk-through. Marcy panicked. The stove was there and the built-in microwave above
it. The dishwasher was there.
She then ran to the laundry room, only to find empty spaces
where that gorgeous washer and dryer once stood. Marcy grabbed her phone to
call her real estate agent who told her that those appliances weren’t included
in the sale.
“If you wanted them, you should have said something and we
could’ve negotiated with the seller.”
Marcy was, again, a first-time homebuyer. She had no idea that appliances were something that needed to be “negotiated.” After all, as a tenant, they were always in the homes she rented.
The tragic fact is that Marcy, like many new homeowners,
spent all of her savings on the down payment and closing costs with nothing
left to pay for appliances. Thankfully, her parents stepped up with an offer of
It’s the buyer’s agent’s job to educate his or her clients
about a process they may find completely foreign. To have neglected to do so,
and then blame Marcy for his shortcomings, is beyond belief.
Why aren’t appliances included in the
Sometimes they are. Many times, they are not, and here’s why: if they aren’t built-in, they are considered “personal property.”
When you buy a home, you are buying “real property,” which is the land, the home and anything else permanently affixed to both.
A rose bush planted in the backyard is considered a “fixture,” because it is affixed to the land.
A rose bush planted in a pot on the patio, on the other hand, isn’t a fixture, it is personal property and may or may not be included in the sale of the home.
Other examples of fixtures include:
- Chandeliers that are attached to the ceiling
- An outbuilding, such as a shed
- Wall-to-wall carpeting (but not the Persian throw
rug that isn’t glued to the floor)
- Garage door opener
If the item is glued, nailed, bolted or otherwise attached
to the home, it is typically considered a fixture and must be included in the
sale of the home. But, there’s a “butt.”
The seller can exclude items from the sale by mentioning it
in the listing agreement or the purchase agreement. It turns out that the
washer, dryer and refrigerator in Marcy’s new home, were excluded in the
Marcy isn’t a lawyer and was depending on her real estate
agent to decipher what she was reading before she signed it.
Yes, you can ask that personal
property be included in the sale
Many a real estate agent get-together includes conversations
about the crazy things some homebuyers have asked sellers to leave behind.
From wanting the seller’s family dog to requesting that the
entire contents of a home (even soap and toilet paper) be included in the sale,
everything is negotiable.
The sellers are under no obligation to include any personal
property and, depending on the type of market and how motivated they are, they
may hold firm during negotiations. But, there’s no harm in asking, right?
Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of selling your home.
If you want to hang on to your great-grandmother’s chandelier (or anything
affixed to the home), remove it and replace it with something else before the
home goes on the market.
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Introduction to Jennifer Y. Ross & The Westchester Living Team at COMPASS
Jennifer comes from Platinum Drive to Compass as an experienced agent. She epitomized Platinum Drive Realty’s motto “I grew up here. I live here. I sell homes here” and she is known for providing each of her clients with an exceptional experience guided by her expert local knowledge. She works tirelessly to ensure each of her clients has a professional, enjoyable and successful Westchester community & home buying search or selling experience. She often remains very friendly with her clients and welcomes the opportunity to be an ongoing resource as they settle into Westchester Living. Every step she takes will embody her core principals; integrity can never be compromised, clients’ interests always come first and character, commitment, and passion truly matter. For her buyer clients, Jennifer looks forward to the opportunity of being “Your NYC to Westchester” guide and real estate broker. For her seller clients, Jennifer is proficient at implementing an aggressive marketing strategy in order to obtain the best price possible in a highly efficient and seamless manner. Jennifer thoroughly enjoys assisting buyer clients in navigating the landscape of the Westchester residential real estate market. She is skilled at enabling clients to define where they see opportunity & facilitating the process from initial search through closing. Jennifer was awarded the Platinum Drive Star Award for Outstanding Performance in Sales & Client Services in 2014 & Platinum Drive Realty’s Superstar Award for Excellence in Sales and Client Services 2015 & 2016 for her outstanding performance in sales and client service. In addition to her passion for local real estate, Jennifer has a firsthand understanding of home renovation and new construction. Upon moving from NYC to Scarsdale, she and her husband performed an extensive renovation on their first home. After completion, they moved onto their second project in Larchmont, a full house renovation and expansion. More recently she is active with local developers who specialize in new home construction, home expansions and renovations. Jennifer has the ability to understand a home’s full potential and can help clients find or create their dream home. Jennifer was the Manager of Platinum Drive Realty’s Larchmont Office. Jennifer was raised in Scarsdale. After graduating from Scarsdale High School, Jennifer received a BA in Child Study & Sociology from Tufts University and an MA in Language & Literacy from New York University. Jennifer currently lives in Larchmont with her husband, Michael, and their three sons, Braden, Devon & Zane. She specializes in communities in Southern Westchester with a concentrated focus on the Sound Shore Communities of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye Neck, Rye, New Rochelle as well as her hometown of Scarsdale. Prior to real estate, Jennifer was a teacher in the Mamaroneck Public Schools. Jennifer has a deep understanding of the local school systems and the needs of young families.
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