What makes you think they have no clue on condition? It's a bank owned foreclosure and they are selling "AS IS." If it's priced to sell, with the conditions known and unknown it might be a great investment opporunity for some savvy, lucky buyer.
The inspector quoted prices on repairs?!? There's a few inspectors floating around Portland who are notorious for doing this and . . . killing deals. I've had the same deal killer inspector on two bank owned properties who not only quoted outlandish prices for repairs, but just coincidentally had a list of his buddies that could do the work. He handed the names and contacts of his buddies to my clients. I found it borderline, if not entirely, unethical. Let me guess, while Mr. Home Inspector was quoting prices out of one side of his face, he was probably telling you all about the guy he knows out of the other and giving you their contact numbers.
The best inspectors offer unbiased reporting on the condition of the property and they aren't out trying to sub-contract work for their buddies, IMHO.
The property is currently priced at 1999 level pricing. When I represent my clients and if a property has over $100,000 in repairs (and I'm taking the home inspector's "quote" with a grain of salt) . . . I notice the stuff that's wrong. How could I not?? I'm not blind. My buyers aren't blind either. $100,000 in repairs is a lot to NOT notice. So my clients and I have the dicussion PRIOR to writing up an offer on an AS IS property. If they don't have the funds or wherewithal to do the fxing, then we pass. End of story.... more