And yes, the onus is upon the buyer to do due diligence and research the property.
There have been several question ... more
Based on the information you have provided and not having any personal knowledge of the property in question, I would guess the additional square footage was added without ... more
It is always a challenge to buy property where work was done without permits.
First, should you re-sell at another time, prospective buyers may/will balk at unpermitted work.
You can get a loan, but might need some modifications. I would talk this over with your martgage banker. Also, I would get the building department to come inspect it, and get i ... more
We have had great success with VA loans although I'm n ... more
This is a really unfortunate situation for you. Based on the info that you have provided, I do not think the issue can be settled by any opinions you get on this site. My a ... more
Usually, the banks do not want to do any rep ... more
The square footage includes all the finished living spaces and rooms - yes.. to... closets, hallways, bathrooms, laundry rooms - no... to garages or unfinished basement ... more
Unfortunately, much as we'd all like to provide you with a legal answer, as Realtors, we're woefully ill equipped to render a legal opinion, ... more
Non-permitted work is a red flag in my opinion.
1.) Given the uncertainty of unpermitted work, an appraiser will not be able to place any value on such work. For exam ... more