Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners)

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's pretty uncommon, although they sometimes ask for the average costs

Apr 10, 2016 03:33 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Not very often, as many of our buyers are either snowbirds (meaning they are not here 12 months out of the year), or they are living alone (widows or widowers).  Their bills are usually very reasonable Praful Thakkar.  So a very few have asked, not most of the people. 

Apr 10, 2016 03:30 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Never, that is yet.  Who knows what the day will bring.

Apr 10, 2016 08:42 PM
Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY
Brix Realty - Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

We provide a cost to own estimate on all our condo listings. It is quite common here in this market.

Apr 10, 2016 07:13 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Electric bills for the most recent 3 months are required as part of our standard disclosure when in escrow. 

Apr 10, 2016 06:06 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Pretty common up here regardless of highend or first time buyers.  When you deal with our weather extremes, heating and cooling costs help determine the insulation factor and quality build of homes.  We typically ask for 12 months of energy costs.  When looking at 2 homes of equal price and features, energy costs come into play and can determine the better home.

Apr 11, 2016 12:22 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It's very common..I get the utility bills for the year up front when I list a home for this reason..over the objection before it's brought up!

Apr 10, 2016 10:56 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Maybe, 10% of the time; more often than not the request is from first time buyers and those buying townhomes or condos.

Apr 10, 2016 09:02 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Praful. It is not that uncommon, I hear folks mention to me that they asked.

Apr 10, 2016 05:41 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

We have buyers ask for utility costs quite often. It is not that unusual. 

Apr 17, 2016 05:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Not very often.

Apr 12, 2016 10:13 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

It happens fairly often. I think some buyers ask because they believe they're being thorough by asking the utility costs question. I've never seen a transaction fall apart over utility costs of the seller.

Apr 11, 2016 08:00 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I just tell them to call the utility company and get a history on the home.

Apr 11, 2016 01:30 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Pretty much every time if they intend to make an offer.

Apr 11, 2016 12:13 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

About 30% of the time. 

Apr 11, 2016 09:07 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've had it asked twice and refused 100% of the time.  If a buyer's agent asks me I refuse straight out (I have that authority).  If my buyer asks, I talk common sense and they agree that the request was silly.


No two families will have the same needs, temperature likes, cooking, usage, etc.

Apr 11, 2016 06:10 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'd say never. Some people ask about numbers, but no one ever asked about actual bills. 

Apr 11, 2016 04:56 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I get asked for the amount the sellers may pay, but never have been asked for the bills themselves.

Apr 11, 2016 04:14 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Many sellers include this information with their disclosures, but not too often do buyers ask.

Apr 11, 2016 03:46 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

About 50% of the time, I'd say.


Apr 11, 2016 03:37 AM
Nikolas Mazzola
Shorebreak Real Estate - San Diego, CA
Full service Real Estate Brokerage

We alway request utility bills from sellers when representing buyers in San Diego.

Apr 11, 2016 03:31 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Tallahassee city limits, the bills are on public record and can be accessed online.   The County may use Talquin electric, not public record, you have to ask the Seller.

  I caution Buyers that lifestyle, number of people in the household, and other factors can affect utility costs.  It's better to get an Energy Audit to estimate your future utility costs.

Apr 10, 2016 11:50 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Not often.  At times the seller will have that info for buyers to review.

Apr 10, 2016 11:38 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Very uncommon and only when the buyer requests specific knowledge of the costs of i.e. owning a pool etc..

Apr 10, 2016 11:36 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Not very often, they do ask about utility cost in general though.

Apr 10, 2016 11:15 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

It comes up about 35% of the time with my clients, more on houses or large lot properties than condos. 

Apr 10, 2016 11:03 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Duke energy bills are publicly accessible in Pinellas County FL.

However, those homes promoting energy efficiency somehow manage to leave a utility bill on the counter or in the folder to substantiate the feature.

 I take care to advise, as you can see, this house is occupied by former New Yorkers, two adults, three kids and what appears to be a golden retriever all able to enjoy a heated pool and a house at 72 degrees. Do you think their bills will be the same as yours?

Of course I know the bill will run around $400 a month if they keep the sliders closed most of the time, but it is quite irrelevant for this downsizing couple.

Apr 10, 2016 10:51 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is common, by i do warn buyers the size of your family, if there is a stay at home parent all affect cost. I have a seller who likes it 75 degrees all winter, their heating bill is through the roof

Apr 10, 2016 10:31 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Apr 10, 2016 10:31 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is not a frequent request.

Apr 10, 2016 10:23 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Not for the actual bill but have on occasion asked for average costs -- it can vary based on household size and personal habits.    

I suggest they request information for the gardening or pool service unless they already have a preferred vendor in the area.  

Apr 10, 2016 09:58 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not often enough. Ironically, the purchasers of my home contacted me last evening after one year of ownership to ask that very question.

Apr 10, 2016 09:44 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

In Montgomery Co, Md they are required to be disclosed, Most perspective Buyers in the DMV area usually ask for them if not required.

Apr 10, 2016 09:38 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Not often.

Apr 10, 2016 09:31 PM
Christopher Pagli
William Raveis Legends Realty Group - Tarrytown, NY
"I Stay Open Until You Close"

Are you asking this question from India?  People like to gte a ballpark of what utilities will cost.  I always tell the buyers that everybody uses them differently.

I love when I get "the owner is elderly and loves the heat turned to 80 all the time" from the listing agent.  At times it is true.



Apr 10, 2016 09:12 PM