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You should NEVER pay for the repairs of someone else's property. If the deal falls through you have wasted your money and the seller has reaped the benefit. If it is required by the lender (as is often the case with FHA)
then let the seller pay for it as they cannot sell the house otherwise. If they cannot or will not, use a FHA 203k renovation loan so that you can make the repairs after settlement.
If the repairs are suggestions as a result of a home inspection, then it is a matter of negotiation but again wait until the house is yours before making repairs that you will be paying for. If it is a foreclosure or REO situation you need the banks permission to do any repairs to the property and I can say from experience that the banks legal department will not allow that to happen as it a nightmare from a liability standpoint.
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This really depends on what is wrong actually. If it is somethign sever such as a septic problem the seller would have to address it for you or the next buyer. Simple items that are routinely found in older homes in Pocono Lake like GFI's are relatively cheap to fix and might be better to do yourself so you know they are done right. Just keep in mind that when a seller hires someone to do the work that contractor is working FOR THE SELLER. When you hire that contractor to do the work they are WORKING FOR YOU!
The first place to look for that answer is in your contract under the paragraph about inspections. In the contracts I use the buyer can submit a repair request to the seller with those items listed that you want repaired. The seller can either agree to repair all items, some items, or none. If the seller says they will not repair, your agent may be able to negotiate other terms. A home inspection is not a "to do" list for the seller. I would suggest that you only ask for those items that are serious issues to be repaired, or an item that will most likely be flagged by the appraiser.