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Leon, Home Buyer in Irving, TX

Should I buy a real stucco home in Dallas?

Asked by Leon, Irving, TX Mon Jun 24, 2013

Hi, I am interested in a real stucco home in Dallas (price ~650k, bulit in 2000 by Toll Brothers). I like the house very much, but I am concerned about the potential problems associated with stucco (including mold, termite, water damage, repaint cost and resell issues). Should I go with the house after the Stucco inspection (if the inspection results are fine)? Thanks!

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I can't see why not! I grew up in Greenville Texas in a stucco home that was built in 1924! I've never known of any problem with stucco, especially what you're calling "real" stucco. The cheap stucco (can't think of the name) has had some problems, but even then I'm not aware of any that should keep you from purchasing the home, especially since you're having the stucco specifically inspected. Best to you and enjoy your new home!

Nancy Chapmon, Realtor
Fathom Realty
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 22, 2015
I've lived in a stucco home for fifteen years now. I haven't had any problems so far. I think if problems arise though, they aren't a big issue unless they are neglected. It's just like any other home maintenance, nothing should be left until it is out of control. I hope this helps. http://www.granolite.ca/services.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 9, 2015
There are currently more than 1400 Stucco homes for sale in the North Texas MLS. There does not appear to be a problem with resale here. Lots of folks love them! Of course, there are pros and cons with any purchase.But, a stucco home will provide a nice relief from the soaring temps in this area! Since you are getting a stucco inspection that should provide you the info you need on current condition. Be sure to get the termite inspection now, too.

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Diana Ramirez
Keller Williams
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 28, 2013
We don't have many in Dallas.
Some but not many.

Some people like them, some don't.
Toll Brothers is generally a great builder.

They still build some Stucco if I remember correctly.

Make sure you do a great stucco inspection.

I like these homes too. Let us know if we can help.

Here's a few more for you to consider if you like Dallas

There are also some in Irving around Riverside Drive, and some other communities.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 28, 2013
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
You are on the right track. Inspection of the outer layer can reveal if there is an underlying problem.
You should find an inspector who is willing to give you a definitive go/no-go on whether the stucco was done properly, since they do have a reputation.

Your insurance agent can also give you some guidance on getting proper coverage, after inspection, to protect against possible claims.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 26, 2013

I would suggest that you talk to your agent about this. This is a pre-owned home so I'm assuming you have an agent on your side and you absolutely have to communicate your concern with her. However, if you are not working with an agent, then I'd be happy to assist you and give you advice on what to do.

Las Colinas is a wonderful place to live, I always have clients looking into the area as well as Coppell.

Let me know if you need assistance!

Susie Kay, Realtor®
United Real Estate
III Lincoln Centre, 5430 LBJ Freeway #280
Dallas, TX 78240


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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 25, 2013
I would be happy to represent you regards to the transaction without review of the property speaking with Toll Brother contractor with many detail question difficult for any Realtor render an opinion.

Keep in mind technology has advanced with materials there may not be any concerns. Who can't love the Las Colinas area ! .

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 24, 2013
Thanks for the answer. So if the house is built with real stucco, do we need to worry about the same problems?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 24, 2013
Not really, but you still need to do your due diligence. Have a professional evaluate the condition of the stucco. Google 'Toll Brothers and Stucco' and see if you find anything. Maybe talk to homeowners in the same neighborhood and see if they have had any problems. Toll Brothers is a reputable builder and chances are it will be okay, but it's imperative that you investigate further just in case.
Flag Mon Jun 24, 2013
I wouldn't buy a house with synthetic stucco. Knock on the stucco in several areas. If it sounds hollow, it's synthetic and you should stay away (in my opinion).

At that price point, I'm guessing you're buying in Las Colinas. An equally, if not more important, issue in Las Colinas is the foundation. If you're using an agent, they should be able to ascertain the 'general' condition of the foundation...you dont' want to pay for an engineer if the house has obvious structural flaws. But, agents aren't engineers. I can send you some names if you like.

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