The major threat of structural damage to homes is expansive soil, especially when combined with abundant water and poor grading around the foundation. Builders and engineers have come a long way in the last 25 years to mitigate this risk but there is still a potential for slight settling. Major structural damage like the unfortunate case on Regency Drive is rare. Minor settling is more common and the newer homes are built to minimize this potential. Most reputable builders have incorporated techniques such as floating framed walls in basements, adding structural fill or piers during excavation (if expansive soils are present) and installing foundation drains.
A couple of things that you can do to minimize the risk of expansive soils would be to make sure you have positive drainage away from your foundation, check that all your gutters are debris free, make sure the downspouts are not clogged & directed away from the house and limit the amount of water to the landscaping near the foundation.
If the agent or seller knew, it should have been disclosed. This is a prime example of reasons to use educated agents familiar with the area (I'm not saying you used a poor agent). This is huge and should be a well known subject for agents who want to work in the area. Maybe it's because of the many short sales/bpos I've been involved with over there, but this is a real issue in Broadmoor Bluffs as many homes have large cracks in the walls running from floor to ceiling.
I'm not a contractor but when the driveway is splitting in half, and anyone who knows the area knows this is not an exaggeration, and these cracks are consistent through a home on several homes on the same street/hillside, you can't help but wonder given the area's history. Also when I am given estimates from a structural engineer to factor in or report to the bank, you wonder why this information isn't well known because you don't order an engineer without good reason. It's almost like people are afraid of what it will do to values so they just keep quiet about it. Buyers need to be informed.
Red Rock Realty
I have sold homes in the Broadmoor Bluffs / Star Ranch area before without hearing anything about that from the seller. I knew of it from a class I had taken. I told the buyers they could have engineering reports done if they had concerns (as I would tell sellers today). The truth is most people don't know. Much like many don't know about the huge array of mine shafts under Rockrimmon.
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Heath Real Estate
Colorado Springs, CO
Disclosed by who?
The selling agent?
It can only be disclosed if they themselves knew about the landslide area. May have also been in your NHD report assuming you received one.
Realty world & Associates