Chip shortage means homes may run out of basic appliances ::

– Local real estate agents say more and more people selling their homes are packing their household appliances, like washers, dryers and refrigerators.

A shortage of computer chips means kitchen appliances are more expensive and harder to find, so sellers don’t leave them behind, according to Jon McBride, real estate agent at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston.

Realtors say buyers should no longer expect to get certain devices as part of the deal.

“Before, we didn’t have to ask, like, ‘Hey, is the refrigerator left? “Said Dana Ben, a local real estate agent.

Ben said more and more homes are selling with missing appliances.

“You walk into a house and you’re like – we’re always going to have to offer rather than ask [price] – and I’m sorry there isn’t a fridge and washer / dryer. “

This is what happened to Wendy Berkland. She recently helped her son buy his first home in Dunn and said most of the homes she had examined lacked basic household appliances, like a stove.

“You kind of have to add up and budget for the fact that you might have a lot of money for missing devices,” she said.

For most home buyers, home appliances are expected, McBride said.

Local real estate agents advise buyers to make a plan to move in without them, as part of the deal in this competitive market.

“We have had customers who walked in and bought a dorm refrigerator to use it temporarily as a placeholder until their refrigerator arrived,” he said.

Ben said if a buyer asked for the refrigerators to stay under the deal, they would likely risk losing the sale.

Real estate agents told WRAL News that they started noticing this new trend in the past 5-6 months.

In general, refrigerators, washers and dryers are considered personal property and not as accessories that come with a home.

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