Yes I understand your concerns. But Chinese drywall is not confine to Lee county but is actually a national problem. Perhaps you hear more about Cape Coral and Fort Myers a lot it was a very popular area and rated very high before the housing bubble broke, and one of the top 10 places to move to in the country, So we were having a constriction boom and used a lot of drywall from all over. This was the reason the area was rated high in foreclosure, people moved here because of the area interest. We are talking between the years of 2002 to about 2007. NOT ALL HOMES HAS It. I have sold homes built during this period without any defective drywall.
Another thing you should know, many of those homes with defective drywall, have been brought at a discount and remodel taken all the defective drywall out along with the wiring and pluming and replace with good drywall, wiring and plumbing. Many times documentations is provided with the sales as what was done. There is also a seller disclosure that is provided to the potential buyers. .
It now been 5 years, and many newer homes have been built since. Prices are very good and interest rates reasonably low. You can also have a new home built within 3 months to 8, if this is the way you want to go,
I would not be as concerns as I was 4 years ago. As a realtor, I was affected too and have not ben the last year.
Hope this helps you. Remember, you are going to have the property inspected, even if the house was just built as a second opinion and for peace of mind.
Hope this helps you Angela. Good luck in your searching and do not be too worried.
Remember: â€œPictures without ALL the information are never the total picture and always the entire story ~!â€ Realtor Ron W ..â€Pictures being shown, are attention gotcha, use to draw your interest. The rest, the information, will help you decide. Where that information comes from is IMPORTANT to you, and it may not all be on the listing information! Hire an agent that will get you the missing pieces. Then when you actually view the property; have it inspected, when everything begins to fall into place since you had a pre-approval letter or proof of funds ready done for the sellerâ€™s hands when making your offer. Sellers and Banks expect this information, before reviewing yours or any offers. Do not lose out by not having this or a RealtorÂ® that is not the listing agent that serves the seller. Remember, the seller pays the commission!! You Get to choose your RealtorÂ®!â€
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We now have that home up for sale and we're confident that it will pass another inspection with no problems.
If anyone is interested the address is:
7388 Sika Deer Way
Fort Myers, FL 33966
There is an open house this Saturday, April 6th from 10am to 2pm.
I would highly recommend if you're considering buying a home 2008 and earlier to have it inspected for the drywall and even if it's built after that, the home inspectors will usually make it a point to still do a visual inspection. Home inspections are the best investment a home buyer can make along with working with an experience Realtor. If you have any other concerns or questions about anything, feel free to shoot me an email or call me at your convenience.
Some ways to lessen your legitimate concerns are:
when you submit your offer, be certain a seller disclosure is requested.
You can also ask about other houses in the area if they are recently built, if there been any Chinese Drywall found. It wonâ€™t entirely rule out your property of interest, but should lessen your concerns.
In addition, the agent you are working with, should do research on past permits issued on worked done,
Lastly and a must, with any property you buy, regardless of conditions, â€œTrust and Verify!â€
Have the house inspected. The building inspector I refer my clients to, all check the history on the house prior to doing the inspection too. They will pay added attention here. Also, you can request the testing for chense drywall for an added fee which varies by house size and some are even included in the inspection.
Angela , you can also get a better understanding of Chinese Drywall on my web blog, mark â€œvideoâ€. The bottom video should help. http://www.rwolchesky.wordpress.com
I hope this help you. Do not hesitate to ask more questions. Thanks for asking.
Remember: â€œPictures without the information is never the whole and true story ~!â€ Realtor Ron W
You are being very smart to be concerned about chinese drywall but don't let it scare you away from purchasing. Lots of homes built between 2004 and 2008 have the defective drywall but alot of them don't. In the last year I have had buyers in contract and we cancelled when the inspector found chinese drywall in just 1 room in both of the houses. Some homes are built with all chinese drywall and others (like the 2 I just mentioned) just have a small amount of it.
Also, keep in mind that homes that had major repairs done after the storms may have chinese drywall as well. The most important thing you can do is work with an experienced agent who will assist you with finding the right home and writing the contract correctly. In the event you find the right home you can have your inspections done and then in the event the home does turn out to have any of the defective drywall you can cancel your contract to purchase.
Feel free to call me or email me directly if I can be of further assistance.
Terry McCarley, RealtorÂ®, CDPE
Jones & Co Realty
The good news is that for the cost of a professional property inspection you can get a fairly accurate determination as to the presence of CDW (or any other problems) before finalizing a purchase.
For more info on Chinese Drywall visit my blog page on the subject;
live in zip code area 33908 and know the area well
I have sold a few homes that have been remediated Chinese Drywall and the homeowners are perfectly happy in their newly remodeled home. I have also sold a few that were remodeled by the builder after closing. There are many stories like this. Call me and I can help you find the home that is right for you?
Residential and Commercial Realtor
Krise Commercial Group
I think you're smart to be concerned about Chinese Drywall. Probably in a few years, solutions will be found for these homes, but until then it is a bit of a gamble to buy one. (Information on the problem can be found below.) Stick to homes built before 2002, and you won't need to worry as much.
But it can be corrected and many homes have been bought and have had them remediated call me we can see what is out there that fits your needs.