Seller offering a one year home warranty as part of the sale.
1) Is this a good thing? Is it really because they are oh-so-generous and confident or is it because they know something I don't and believe something is on the verge of breaking down?
2) Does that create any leverage for the seller when negotiating purchase price?
I personally think home warranties are somewhat useless but it gives homebuyers a great sense of "safety" If they are offering it I typically would make an offer stating home warranty not required. I would rather have a reduction in price rather than a home warranty.
it's just a safety enticement for buyers. I wouldn't turn it down. If an AC or any appliances need some repairs it will be well worth it.
Don't read too much into it. No reason not to accept it if the seller is going to pay for it. A home warranty is better than no home warranty. It also shouldn't really affect the purchase price or give the seller an advantage in negotiations because a home warranty is only about $400 (give or take) on average, so it's not like they can include one and ask thousands more because of it.
Thanks for the feedback everyone. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.
remember, RE is emotional and this is one such item.