Relocate to Wisconsin : The Offer Read: "Seller at Seller's Expense...."

The Offer Read: "Seller at Seller's Expense...."

     The condition report that is required with listings in  Wisconsin read:


real estate condition report

   "No permits have been pulled for the finished lower level."

     Our Buyer''s offer read:

  "Seller at Seller's expense to pull all required permits and furnish closed inspection reports by the municipality."   

    From the school of "Been There and Have Seen That" not pulling permits can mean walls coming down, licensed contractors doing thousands of dollars or work because the Selelrs chose not to pull permits and have licensed contractors do the work that protects the safety and integrity of the property. Some people don't pull them out f ignorance of the consequences.  Some people don't pull them because they believe it will save money in property taxes.

permits   The Seller countered would not pull permits...they would not have the property inspected.  And we advised our "just say no."  

    They were disappointed...but wisely agreed...that the Sellers negligence could cost them thousands of dollars.

    Permits are important....Buyers if your Agent does not ask if all permits have been may have the wrong agent. Sellers...whether you have the work done or it was done without permits before you bought the right thing before you put the property on the market and be sure the property is safe for the new Buyer.

      If you are looking for agents who are very conscious of what work requires a permit and will advise the highest and best action be taken by both Sellers and Buyers...Call the Hansons...we are honored to be of service for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin.





Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 9 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • October 17 2015 06:11PM


Hi Sally and David --- proper and upfront preparation matters when listing your home for sale.   If this is something that is common procedure in your area --- why not do it from the start?

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 2 years ago

Some contractors don't pull permits in Oakland county Michigan because they can not....some are blacklisted from working in the county  for failure to correct defects found and failure to  close out permits.


Posted by Nancy Robinson Ranked #111 by Real Trends/Wall Street Journal, #10 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World (Century 21 Town and Country) over 2 years ago

This can be a touchy subject.  Especially if the seller did some of the work themselves or if they hired "off the clock" professionals on the side that charged less because they weren't required to jump through the proverbial hoops.  Tough situation all around.  I can understand why a seller would say no and why a buyer would choose to walk away.  

Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS) over 2 years ago

Sally and David,

Until very recently, it was unusual for people to get the proper permits for work they had done.  There were many reputable contractors who just said no to pulling permits - because the office they had to deal with was so corrupt.  Recently, our local government has started to crack down, because the whole permit process is sort of a cash cow.  So I guess what I'm saying is that it's important to look at the big picture and have a home inspector to check on the quality of the non-permitted work that was done.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 2 years ago

This is good advice for home buyers. Thank you for sharing the tips.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

Hi Sally.  Pulling permits is necessary but it opens up a can of  worms in an old buildings.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 2 years ago

Good morning Sally and David. This is excellent advice. You are smart to ask these questions and make your buyers aware. Enjoy your adventure.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Good morning Sally. Whenever we buy a property to flip, we will check if there are any unfinished existing permits and are often surprised to find, some were never taken out, most building inspectors will usually work with us to get these issues resolved.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 2 years ago

Sally and David that is a very stupid response from the Sellers, because they will run into the same request over and over if the Buyers are being represented by wise professional Realtors like yourselves.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago