I was upset with the leaking in the basement, but when all of the paint, window casings, and hardwood floors that I just renovated started having issues from the condensation, this was too much! For anyone living in Rockville that heard my breakdown last week, I apologize :)
Thanks again for the responses!
Regarding your request for real estate attorneys, here are some names. Not recommendations, but ones you might contact:
James (Beau) Brincefield
(Virginia lawyer. Not sure if he or members of his firm are licensed in Maryland. Still, give him a call.)
(This is a kind of old phone number for her. If she's not there any more, ask if they have a current phone number.)
(A Virginia attorney with a title company. A number of people I know recommend him. I don't know if he's licensed in Maryland.)
So, there are some possibilities. I've only used one, above. I've met and talked to two others (and was suitably impressed). The fourth one I know only by reputation. So, again, these aren't recommendations, but should serve as a good starting point.
Hope that helps.
Give Village Settlements a call at 301-590-9300. They will be able to give you referrals for an attorney who can help. Not knowing anything else, it sounds like you might have a good case.... assuming you can collect from the sellers.
Also - buying a warranty wouldn't have helped you. These only cover systems, appliances, electrical, plumbing, etc -- not foundation issues, basement leaks, roof leaks and the like.
If the owner had it painted, even if they did not live there does not mean they did not know about the problem. Here in California disclose disclose disclose. Of course AS-IS is acceptable however they are obligated to make you aware of ANY issues they are aware of so that you can make the best decison on the AS-IS agreement. I don' personally know one an attorney for you, perhaps someone else from you area does but from my interpretation of you situation, if sounds like someone else needs to be funding that bill!!!
I am not a sue happy person but if she purposely decieved you... it is just NOT right!!!
Best of Luck to you!
Without more detail it is hard to know exactly where stand. As Anna said, perhaps a lawyer with a real estate specialty to find out all the details and give you the best sound advise.
The question would be whether you could prove that the daughter wasn't telling the truth when she indicated "no knowledge of any problems." She might well argue that she didn't know of any problems and that the flooding began after her mother moved out.
Even with the "as is" clause, you should have had a home inspection with a home inspection contingency. That way, you would have had an "out" if the inspection had uncovered the flooding problem. Did you have a home inspection? If you did, and if the inspector should have caught the problem (visible evidence of flooding), then you may have recourse against the home inspector.
If the listing agent was aware of the problem, it should have been disclosed. But the challenge may be in establishing that the listing agent was aware of the problem.
So, get a lawyer.
Meanwhile, though it might cost that much to fix the problem, it could cost much less. So get a number of quotes, and explore exactly what solutions the different folks are proposing.