Adriann Bass, Other/Just Looking in Fanning Springs, FL

What questions should you ask when looking at a house?

Asked by Adriann Bass, Fanning Springs, FL Wed Jun 30, 2010

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Is this a "short sale?"

What are the annual taxes? Is there a mandatory home owner's association? If so, what are the fees? What do they include? Is the association financially sound? Any current or plannned assessements?

What are homes in this neighborhood selling for? What is the average market time for this neighborhood?

Age of the roof, heating/cooling system, all major components? Will the seller provide a one year home warranty? If the homes does not have city water and sewer. The septic system should be inspected and the well water tested for potability.

Don't ask about the neighbors. Talk to them yourself. Pay attention to how well the surrounding homes are maintained. Never, never buy the best home in the neighborhood.
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Great answer!
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What should we ask when we are looking through houses?
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I wrote a list of things I would want to know when buying a house. The list is at the link below. It is very exhaustive and should provide you some good ideas.
http://www.trulia.com/blog/dan_chase/2009/11/questions_i_wou…

Just for added information a basic overview of the buying process is below.
http://www.trulia.com/blog/dan_chase/2010/01/its_your_first_…
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I think it depends, Adriann, on what's important to you. Since you'll have a professional inspection of the home, the first step is to determine if the home suits your needs - and that is something that only you can answer.
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Also pull up the property tax record to see what the Non-Advalorem taxes are. Some communities have very expensive Community Development District Taxes. Note that older CDDs may have the bonding portion paid off in a few years so you need complete details about the CDD before making an offer on a property with that extra tax.
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Adriann,

There are lots of questions to ask. Thats why you find a buyer broker, a good one, to assist you first. It is not only how we earn our living, its how the good ones protect and advise you and ask all the right questions.

If you are trying to skip using an agent, this isnt a good alternative because no good agent is going to give advise in such a manner he or she could be liable for later. Doctors dont treat over the internet, lawyers dont defend over the internet and agents dont represent in this manner over the internet.

Good Luck

Kevin Cloutier, REaltor
Southern Premier Realty
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Lots of questions! Any known defects?
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Adriann,
First read the Listing sheet and make sure you understand everything in it. Every property is different and every location is different requiring different information. Check out the crime rate in the area yourself, schools if you need to. Age of the house, damage from any storm, repairs, updates and when, research the area and make sure it is one where you can be happy. Feel free to ask anything that you think of no matter how minor, anything you want. Exact questions to ask will depend on the individual house.
I am sure you will get many answers here from different perspectives.
Good Luck!

Genevieve Ramachandran
http://www.puntagordarealty.com
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