Visit that for-sale home in the dark, and other tips
Remember our lively conversation about misused words in real estate listings, like "cozy" for "rooms the size of closets"? The Wall Street Journal suggests that buyers take everything sellers tell them in this difficult market with several dozen grains of salt. "This is a quiet neighborhood," for instance:
Sellers may play down distractions that could drive you crazy, such as barking dogs or idling buses. A charming park by day could be a teen hangout at night. Your best bet is to view a property at different times of the day. ... Talk to neighbors and peruse the local newspapers and blogs to get a feel for a place, and check with police for crime.
What have you done (or wish you'd done) when checking out a home you ended up buying or were thinking of buying?
Sellers, have you ever told buyers something less than flattering about your home or neighborhood because you thought it was the right thing to do, legally or morally?