Apr 12, 2006, 7:46 PM
Post #14 of 26
We've been pretty actively looking lately, using an experienced buyer's agent working with a broker listed with GIL. Our experience in life has been to trust no agent too far, but at least in some you can have a modicum of confidence.
Our experience so far here with non GIL members has been this: the first agent was a crook, and soon disappeared after putting so much pressure on us about a certain property (that we really did want) that we got turned off and said we don't want it. He lost our trust. And second, today, was to view a home in a premium part of Ajijic, listed with an unregistered agency I will not name; the house was one we had seen last August but we didn't realize it from the photos on his site - pretty exterior, but an unkempt mess with a kitchen from hell - it was 70,000 US higher in price today, and it was overpriced last August. It hasn't seen a gardener, cleaning lady or paintbrush in the intervening 9 months nor had it in its previous life. Apart from that, all the obvious flaws (like badly repaired crack, bad drainage, unfinished stairs) were still there, but we were told "oh, that's nothing, everything will be taken care of, don't worry - it just needs a coat of paint. If you expect a perfect house, you'd have to go for the Taj Mahal. " Sure, right. I dislike agents who try to minimize what are obviously serious problems, as if the buyer has neither a brain nor eyes, and that completely destroyed any confidence I might have had in him for any part of a deal had we been inclined.
I'm personally so disgusted with the poor ethics, greed and inlfated prices right now that I wonder about the wisdom of buying in Lakeside. Just another bubble.