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Garys, Home Buyer in 30513

can i sue the bank or the agent for saying 1acre and when i do apprasial it is half..?

Asked by Garys, 30513 Sat Feb 5, 2011

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Is there an adjacent parcel included in the Purchase & Sale that the appraiser missed? I've seen this before and it may have just not been communicated clearly.
If not, this should have been caught early on and I would consider asking the listing agent to reimburse you for the appraisal if you choose not to proceed. This will only be a few hundred dollars and not likely worth hiring a lawyer for.
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Hey there. I hope you have the listing printout handy. It says on the bottom of the printout, "The accuracy of all information, regardless of source, including but not limited to square footage, is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be verified through personal inspection by and/or with the appropriate professionals. © 2002-2011 FMLS"

Also, the contract states that you DID NOT rely on any advise, representations, or statements from the Brokers. It's the Disclaimer paragraph, Paragraph 14 of the 2011 GAR forms.

So the answer is No. However, if you're still in the Due Diligence period, you may get out of the contract.

I also agree with Michael. You'd have to find an attorney to take the case. Good luck.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 5, 2011
What did the appraisal say? Generally the answer is yes, but you should speak to your attorney.

Marco Gomez
NYS Associate Broker
Keller Williams Landmark II
Serving Queens, Brooklyn & Nassau
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 15, 2011
Short answer, it depends. If the representation was made, that the land was one acre, then the, hog wash disclaimer they put in the MLS listings will not hold water. If you have not closed, back out. No loss. If you have, then you and your attorney will make at least one agent, and one broker begin to take a little more responsibility in their listings. Like using the same picture of a view over and over and over for most any parcel of land they sell. It is a sure sign of a lazy agent. Its important to go with an experienced agent that not only sells a lot of property, but has satisfied clients as well. Remember though that their are a few bad apples in every bunch, and as a whole I have found most of the realtors in this area to be both honest and forthright.

If your agents knowledge of a property is limited to saying, "this is the Kitchen, etc, caveat emptor! Find another, they are out there. Best of luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 9, 2011
Your question is legal in nature and the diagnoses is beyond real estate agents knowledge and license. If you were my client asking me this question I would walk through the question this way;

* If you have not closed on the contract then advise you on your inspection due diligence and contingencies.
* If you have closed review how you came to the conclusion that the property was 1 acre and verify the appraisal facts. Could it be 1 acre but only 1/2 usable, etc...
* You could hire someone to do a formal survey to determine the boundaries. And as mentioned in one answer are all parcels included...
* The bank who loaned you the money is only a financial party to the contract so it would not make sense to sue them.
* If you relied on a statement from someone regarding the property size, would you still have purchased it if it was a size other than stated and can you still use the property for it's intended use.
* In any lawsuit, you will need to prove damages, and what amount are those damages? Depending on the laws of your state and what was in your contract if you are unable to prove damages you may be out money for the other parties attorney fees and their damages as a result of your law suit.
* Do you want or need to go down that path?
* Consult a Real estate attorney.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 6, 2011
First, I’m not an attorney, so I’d be curious to hear from one. Personally I don’t consider disclaimers a license to lie or be lazy. If I were listing a property and was told it was 1 acre, my standard review of the Legal Description, title and public records would quickly confirm if it was in fact a full acre, almost an acre or just over. But to miss by half seems egregious to me.
The damages are likely limited to the cost of your appraisal. I would definitely talk to your agent who could have caught this early and the listing agent. Either there is another parcel that the appraiser missed or everyone dropped the ball and perhaps the agents should make you whole.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 6, 2011

In re law suits, other folks have already said what I would say, so I'm more interested in how the mistake happened

Two questions:
1. Do you have a Buyer's Agent? If so (s)he should be doing simple due diligence on issues like this before you present an offer. If you did not have one, my suggestion would be to hire one before you continue your search.

2. Is there any chance the Appraiser is wrong? Fannin County's online tax records are not the most accurate in the world. If the appraiser is relying on what they saw there, they may be relying on inaccurate info.

And a comment: The technology used to establish the boundaries and size of a piece of land have changed dramatically in the past 25 years. Surveys done today frequently come up with different numbers than those done 20 years ago. Personally, I've never seen one that was off by more than 15%, it's certainly possible. The possibility of human error is one of the prices we pay for being human.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 6, 2011
To win a suit there has to be damages. If you do not purchase the property then there are no damages. Most transactions are BUYER BEWARE. In other words, do all the inpections during your due diligence period and it looks like you did before the closing. If you are not happy, back out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 6, 2011
Garys, Julie gave a great answer. We do our very best to provide accurate data; however, sometimes the information provided to us if not accurate which is why the disclaimers are made.

I think an important fact has not been addressed. You went under contract based on your visual of the home and its yard. By your visual it appears that the home and its yard met your requirements which is why you brought forth the offer to begin with. Am I correct? The acreage or the square footage does not change the fact that you liked the home and its surroundings to bring forth an offer and go under contract. That visual has not changed and is still there for you to enjoy. Has your love for the home really changed based on this discovery?

There are protections within a contract to give you, the buyer, the right to terminate. I hope that you completed your due diligence within that period which would include an appraisal. If so, you have the right to terminate.

Regardless, If you love the home move forward. The land does not really add additional value to the home unless it could be divided, made its own lot, and built upon. Land that cannot be built upon does not really bring additional value. I am sure the size of the lot did not impact your appraisal.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 5, 2011
As Julie indicated, every listing comes with a disclaimer.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 5, 2011
You can sue anyone for almost anything, Garys. The question, best asked of a lawyer, is can you prevail in a lawsuit? Good Luck!

Michael Hammond


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