My agent just called. The buyer is saying if we won't fix all the items on his list then he wants an additional $3000 allowance! See ya.
My agent then wanted me to explain to him, because apparently he doesn't understand, why we are having problem with this. I said we are having several problems with it.
1) We bought this house with the same exact issues (less than 2 years ago) and same things on the inspection report done then. It was not a requirement by our financing to fix any of it. We did not ask the sellers to fix anything on the inspection report, as we felt their agreement to accept less than their asking price was already them accommodating enough.
2) I also explained why DH did not fix the few cracks in the siding after we moved in. Because in his opinion putting caulking down the cracks was going to make it look worse than just the cracks and then it would look like that whole side needed repainting. There are 2 foot eaves around this house, so DH was not worried about water/weather damage. In fact, the photos of the cracks look exactly the same as the photos taken 2 years ago. If this was a house we were going to stay in, long term, then we would fix the cracks when it was time to repaint the whole house.
3) We disclosed the 2 main issues (siding and concrete) with our listing, per agent's instructions! DH told him that was the 2 issues he was aware of (and not that serious to boot) and we weren't fixing for a sale. Agent said to disclose it in our listing documents and then they can't come back to us about it. I reminded him that is what (or at least that was how we both took it) he told us.
4). We already agreed to give the buyer $4000 back. We are not doing anymore. Period.
5) I said I guess my idea of the purpose of an inspection is different. My purpose, as a buyer, would have it done to make sure there are no major issues with the house that a regular person could not see, or know to look for, while viewing the house. If there was something major found, then yes, that would be cause for re-negotiating the price. Not to pay $3000 to the buyer because he wants stupid little stuff, that's normal wear and tear on a 10 year old house, fixed and put back to new.
He also tried to bring up "well VA might call out the siding, but that is probably the only thing". I said well, then the buyer can fix that if he wants. No other financing would call it out and require it to be fixed, so why should we pay extra because of his financing?
"Well, I'd hate to lose the sale". I said this $4000 allowance and another $3000 allowance may be no big deal to you - you and the other agent still get the commission on the full amount, no matter how much allowance we give back!
We aren't that desperate to sell this house. If anything has come out of all the delays in building our shop - we've learned nothing works out according to the timeline planned anyway.
The really stupid part is this is not a run down house - at all. It is practically like brand new still. I have a feeling we will now end up putting off selling this house and building the house until next Spring, so we aren't living in a shop in the winter, because we all know the builder isn't going to get it done quickly. One upside I guess would be that once the shop is done we could then get things moved over there as we had time and energy and not all in a rush over a week or so period.