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Bob, Home Buyer in 19520

Can I recover inspection costs if the seller was not honest in their disclosure?

Asked by Bob, 19520 Fri Jun 13, 2008

The seller was not up front on several items that were discovered during the inspections. She admitted to knowing about them later or it was obvious that repairs were made and those defects were not listed in the disclosure. I'm pulling out of the deal and expect to receive my deposit but am curious to know if I can also recoup the inspection costs.

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No matter what the seller does or does not disclosure, the reason for the inspection is for you to determine whether or not the condition of the house is acceptable to you. That is your cost and has nothing to do with what the seller says or does not say.

You could negotiate further however you are better served to walk away. Who knows what may happen in the process with a less than upfront seller.

Good luck in finding your new home!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 14, 2008
Personally, I would cut my losses and move on. It's great that you had the inspection done, many people don't.

Your agent should talk to their agent, however, and remind that agent, in no uncertain terms, that those problems have to be disclosed to any future buyers. Not to do so is both illegal and unethical.

Ask for the inspection costs, or half of it and let it go at that. You have better things to do and you don't want to spend a lot of energy in a bad situation.
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