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Jen, Home Buyer in Dewitt, MI

If a water test shows arsenic level that is not save for drinking, should you NOT purchase the home or just have the seller fix it with a R.O. system?

Asked by Jen, Dewitt, MI Sun Jul 14, 2013

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Everything is negotiable of course. The most important thing is, do you still want to move forward with the purchase, if yes, then the second issue would be to see what you can negotiate with the seller. Most seller's would be reasonable and determine it is an existing issue which would only have been revealed with an inspection.

It sounds like you had an inspection contingency on the deal since you performed an inspection, is that correct? If the seller refuses to correct the issue or offer a monetary concession for you to repair the issue, then at that point it is totally up to you to either walk away of move forward with the deal.

I would probably speak to a water expert to see what options you have and how much those options would cost, that way you can go into the negotiation well informed. Of course your Realtor should be doing the communicating for you, or call a meeting for everyone to meet to hammer out a deal.

Good Luck,

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Have you already placed an offer with a contingency on water quality? If you have and it fails, you can inform the seller to fix it or you can back out without penalty. If the seller refuses to fix the problem, and you still wish to purchase the house, you can but you cannot blame the sellers later. If you've placed an offer on the home without a contingency on water quality, but had it tested and it failed, you may back out, but you may lose your deposit.
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Thanks Steve, We are renting the home and considering buying it. Two of our concerns are whether the home will be safe even after a reverse osmosis system is installed and will the arsenic level have any affect on a future sale of the home if it had an arsenic issue before the reverse osmosis system?
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