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Pacita C Dim…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita C Dimacali answered:
Hello, I have a question about permits.
It is always a big issue whenever work is done without permits.

And yes, the onus is upon the buyer to do due diligence and research the property.

There have been several question ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 10, 2012 Home Buying in 91362
April Tavares, Real Estate Pro in Saratoga, CA
April Tavares answered:
house built 1906. City record 1066 sq ft. actual st ft is 1600. age of house, non-warranted sq matter?
Hi George,

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
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 1, 2009 Home Buying in San Francisco
Pat Champion, Real Estate Pro in 32757
Pat Champion answered:
My agent told me that shortsale houses take forever to buy and don't even try it.So, what is the
Anyone who is qualified can buy a short-sale. The buyer has to be pre-pared to wait because the process takes longer than a normal transcation. If you are willing to be patient and wait ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 7, 2009 Home Buying in San Jose
Pacita C Dim…, Real Estate Pro in Alameda, CA
Pacita C Dimacali answered:
Buying house that has structural change without permits

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.
... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 14, 2009 Home Buying in 94536
Dorene Slavi…, Real Estate Pro in Culver City, CA
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Why are listings in Fawnskin/Big Bear Lake giving square footage of UNPERMITTED add-ons? The informati ...
Unpermitted additions should not be included in the square footage when a property is listed for sale. When looking for a loan, unpermitted additions can be troublesome.With FHA loans, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 3, 2009 Home Buying in Fawnskin
A Mills, Real Estate Pro in Greenville, SC
A Mills answered:
permit issue
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
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 9, 2010 Home Buying in Palo Alto
Chris Keller…, Real Estate Pro in Del Mar, CA
Chris Keller | Kyle Stanley answered:
Finding a home using a VA loan
Please go to http://www.queststarrealty.com/ForBuyers.php and review getting started, bidding wars, offer strategies, etc.

We have had great success with VA loans although I'm n ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 14, 2010 Home Buying in Camp Pendleton
A Mills, Real Estate Pro in Greenville, SC
A Mills answered:
Legal bedroom definition
Bedroom: Any room with a closet. (Typically)

Good Luck!
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 27, 2015 Home Selling in 55707
Roland Barcos, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Roland Barcos answered:
Seller disclosed some w/o permit items but did not disclose that they had received an compliance order?
Hi Cary Li,
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
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 8, 2009 Home Buying in San Jose
Allison Ables, Real Estate Pro in Gainesville, FL
Allison Ables answered:
What does Cash Only Offers mean?
The seller is only accepting offers from buyers who will pay cash - no banks or mortgages involved.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 5, 2010 Home Buying in Coral Way
Nicholas Wel…, Real Estate Pro in Basking Ridge, NJ
Nicholas Welsh, Realtor in NJ answered:
I am looking to put an offer on a house that has an unpermitted bathroom.
I doubt that the bank would be aware of the history of work done to the house (unless that type of look back is normal in your market). The appraisal therefore should be based on what t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 3, 2009 Home Buying in San Jose
Robin DiSaba…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Robin DiSabatino answered:
Is there any recourse for a buyer if, through inspections, it is found that a property does not meet the?
I have a few questions for you...You indicated it was deeded back to the bank, so they are basically selling as is with right to inspect?

Usually, the banks do not want to do any rep ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 12, 2009 Home Buying in California
J R, Real Estate Pro in New York, NY
J R answered:
How big a problem is it not having permits for renovations?
In the town I live in there is a fine and an inspection. I would definitely start the process now because sometimes it take a long time, and it can hold up a closing or worse, the buyer ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 13, 2009 Home Selling in Connecticut
HOWARD ROTH, Real Estate Pro in Tucson, AZ
HOWARD ROTH answered:
Waiting period to close on house
If you were attempting to buy the house with an FHA loan; the contract was contingent on the FHA appraisal. If you can't get an approval from the appraiser; the standard language in all ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 14, 2009 Foreclosure in Tucson
Shanky, Home Buyer in Houston County, TX
Shanky answered:
Advice on buying, selling or possibly trading!! Please help! Austin Hawaii Spring The Woodlands
wow, 94k in hawaii? Is it a mud hut ?
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 28, 2009 Home Buying in Spring
Katie Minkus,…, Real Estate Pro in 96743
Katie Minkus, R(B) answered:
We are waiting on our home to sale in Hawaii, on the Big Island while also attempting to make a trade to
Aloha, Kneves... I'm sorry to hear your house on the Big Island has been on the market for so long - I'm sure it must be incredibly frustrating for you. Given the pricepoint, I'm assumi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 24, 2013 Home Selling in Ocean View
Alessandra B…, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX
Alessandra Burenin answered:
We are waiting on our home to sale in Hawaii, on the Big Island while also attempting to make a trade to
If I were in your position I would first try to get a building permit. Second I would go to a mortgage banker and ask them what you can do to straighten out your credit and find out exa ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 8, 2009 Home Selling in Austin
Debra (Debbi…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
What exactly does the square footage listed include?
Hi MissLivvy
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
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 7, 2009 Home Buying in Los Angeles
Grace Morioka, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka answered:
I am buying a foreclosure home but the owner did not obtain Building permits for pool and patio.
Hello Sang, and thanks for your question.

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
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 2, 2009 Foreclosure in Glen Park
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
What happens if you buy a house that has additions without a permit?
Hi Barbora,

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
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 20, 2009 Home Buying in Oakland
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