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  1. #1
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    Nov. 13, 2006

    Default How to handle the pay question?

    So the farm that I manage is on the market again. This time with a $900k price drop. Inevitably every time it goes on the market some potential buyer asks what I get paid. The realtor knows that I would stay on the job in the right situation.

    In the past I have just been honest and told them what i get paid but its so awkward and honestly, if it meant having a job and a great place to live until I found a different one, I would take a pay cut. So, is there a better way to handle the question? I couldn't stay long term with a massive pay cut, but at least for awhile

  2. #2
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    Oct. 6, 2002
    Philadelphia PA


    They're not asking what you'd take to work under XYZ conditions. They're asking what you're currently being paid. I'd tell the truth and add that the pay you'd accept is variable based on the circumstances of employment. If someone wants to approach you and hammer out specific details, they can. I doubt that's going to be the make/break of someone buying the farm.
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  3. #3
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    Jan. 9, 2009
    a little north of Columbus GA


    Tell them how much (really, shouldn't the sellers be telling them this?) and that you are 'somewhat negotiable depending on the circumstances.'

    The buyer may realize how valuable it is to have someone on the property who already knows its quirks.
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  4. #4
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    Apr. 9, 2012
    NYC=center of the universe


    I would just tell them what you make and leave it at that. Why offer up a pay cut? For all you know, your pay is not an issue. And if it is, the buyer will tell you.

    You can tell them and say you really love it, so if they do decide to make changes, you would really appreciate if they would talk with you first so you have time to consider your options and/or look around.
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  5. #5
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    May. 8, 2004


    Quote Originally Posted by wsmoak View Post
    Tell them how much (really, shouldn't the sellers be telling them this?) and that you are 'somewhat negotiable depending on the circumstances.'
    If I were the buyer, I would be asking both parties. It's an honesty barometer.

    What VX strikes me as the best way to go; state what they pay, be honest, and indicate that you have an interest in staying and might be negotiable.

    I'd be pretty careful about giving up too much right at the beginning. Think about this before you begin any negotiation; are there things they can provide for you that balance a cut in pay, etc?

    Good luck.

  6. #6
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    Nov. 20, 2010
    Upstate New York


    You shouldn't be having to answer that question. The owner should have all the expenses listed, and in the hands of the listing agent, for prospective buyers to check.

    Refer the question to the listing agent. Also, because the owner should be paying additional taxes, social security, perhaps insurance, etc. So the total expense of having a barn manager would be different than just your pay.
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  7. #7
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    Aug. 12, 2010


    I agree with CVPeg, you should not be having to deal directly with potential buyers of the property...that is for the seller to deal with and they should have all the relevant information readily available. When and if someone buys the property, they'd then negotiate with you themselves. Communicate your desire to stay on to the listing agent and let them handle it.

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