yellow groove, & golden bamboo are the common names of the 2 we are seeing invading.
The same, except its all yellow groove in the Northeast. Phyllostachys is the genus.
We have had a buyer back out 3 days before closing in Conn. This is a destructive aggressive alien invasive.
It will grow into septic, sewers, and under structures. Damage is severe and worse each successive year.
Towns are banning new plantings, and ordinances. This is giant cold hardy timber bamboo. -15 below 0
Kills everything, destroys all assets as it invades underground rapidly. Very hard to eradicate.
Bobcat and years of follow up. Cutting does not work, they shoot back over night. Very serious.
It isn't the home inspectors job either, after all, they are just familiar with the home and not vegitation around it.
I think some of it comes down to you, were you aware it could be a problem and did you address it?
Banning it from town to town rapidly now...DO NOT PLANT
Will post damage photos at a later point , if the site allows.
In Long Island there are entire neighborhoods where they cannot sell.
All Phyllostachys yellow groove.
Here is Haverford, Penn...NEW...Damages structures and foundation. Very serious.
I am an appraiser and will inform the lender if I see it or anything that threatens value and it will likely stop the purchase. So, to the listing Realtor, you're likely to not make the sale anyway so do the right thing when taking the listing. What have you got to lose, other then your reputation.
Running Bamboo grows back. Of course if the property is inspected or appraised at a time when the bamboo has been cut down anyone involved at that time cannot be held responsible. The last eyes in the home buying process is the appraiser. The appraiser protects the lender (or should) and that means being knowledgeable about all kinds of threats to the subject's value. Even if the running bamboo is not on the property but next door it becomes a potential external obsolescence and should be noted. There is a growing stigma associated with running bamboo as public education gets the word out. In my opinion, as an appraiser, that will affect the value opinion. Our personal responsibility to each other goes beyond the limits of our professional ethics.
Interestingly, you asked about the listing Realtor. If the listing agent is indeed a Realtor (not all agents are) then they subscribe to a higher standard and may have a greater responsibility. That said, I've seen agents fain ignorance about many subjects (that I think they should know as a functioning adult in US society) because "that's not their field of expertise" which basically means, I don't want to give you an answer because it could make me liable. Under that line of reasoning, the agent isn't a botanist, and therefore may not realize that this is bamboo and it's impossible to get rid of.
By the way, there is one way I know of for getting rid of bamboo, but the EPA doesn't allow it to be used any more.
Since there are no disclosure questions about vegetation it is unlikely that the issue will show up on the document.
The inspector will not notice it and can not be responsible .
The new owner could start a legal procedure after the problem shows up, and indeed damage because of this would be discovered.
Anyone with deep pockets or insurance can be named and the realtor will be one of them.
As always: buyer beware. Ask your own real estate agent about anything you might think off and you might have a better chance to buy a good property.
When purchasing a home it is a fact that the more pairs of eyes you have evaluating it the greate your level of protection....this is why a title search is done, a structural inspection is done, a WDO inspection is done, septic and wells are inspected etc. etc.
It's unclear to us who is responsible for identifying moles, poison ivy, or bamboo. Our recommendation is to refer to the "seller's disclosure" information to determine if this was or should have been disclosed in this document.