Three Benefits

Listing agents (representing home sellers) are big fans of home warranties.

Personally, I love them.

That’s because listing agents know ” even if their clients don’t ” that a home warranty can help smooth over inspection issues (“Benefit #1”), and make a dated home more attractive to cash-strapped, first-time home Buyers — especially at lower price points (“Benefit #2″).

They also make eminent financial sense.

Put it this way: there aren’t many inspection issues that can be resolved for less than $500 ” the cost of a typical one year policy.

Post-Closing Benefit

Of course, once the deal has concluded, a home warranty can also help insulate the Seller from a Buyer who may be irate about any unexpected, post-closing home repairs (“Benefit #3″).

How do listing agents know there’s been a problem (or several) at the now-sold house?

The home warranty company typically notifies them ” but not the blissfully ignorant Seller** ” of any Buyer claims.

Over the years, I’ve received multiple such notices, easily totaling > $25k, on homes I’ve represented . . .

**Unless the agent chooses to tell them.

Especially if the selling clients are older and wore their “pride of ownership” on their sleeve . . . I’d skip it.

P.S.: Edina Realty agents do NOT get financially compensated for recommending home warranties.

See also, “Selling Home Warranties . . . to Whom Exactly?“; “Treasured By Long-Time Owner”; and “Home Warranty Coverage Confusion.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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