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Melinda, Home Buyer in Mertens, TX

About this house - Update

Asked by Melinda, Mertens, TX Sun Feb 8, 2009

There are a few things that you need to know about this house (truth in lending - full disclosure) that you will need to update the listing. They cut through (almost completely removed) the load baring beam in the basement. It is a 4 bedroom with an office (not 5 bedrooms). The basement is not 100% finished. It has 1 & 3/4 baths (not 2). The addition has windows that are not meant to open (fire risk and not adequate for a bedroom - legally I believe / also no closet). The family room in the addition has a door (the back door) that requires a key to exit through which as I understand it is illegal and a safety risk (fire and others).
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Dear Melinda:

In response to your comments about 2415 E 5th Avenue, we the sellers, one of whom is a licensed agent in the State of Washington, would like to clarify the items you have brought up in your comments. First of all are you a licensed contractor, realtor, appraiser, or otherwise qualified person or if you have authority to determine weather the beam that was cut is a load bearing beam or not? That beam was at the re-model done in 2004 by the previous owners and was inspected at that time as well as the inspection that was done when we purchased this home and were told it is not a load bearing beam.

There are definitely 4 or 5 bedrooms, the 5th room could be used for a bedroom or an office or den or playroom. The 5th room does not have a built in closet, so therefore it would be a non-conforming bedroom, but still could be used as a bedroom, playroom, den, office, or family room. It is up to the new owner to determine the use of that room. The partial basement is 100% finished. In the basement there is a laundry room and a bedroom with a closet and an egress window in the basement for easy access for fireman with all his gear. There are two bathrooms, one is a full bath and the other is a ¾ bath, but there are 2 bathrooms. The family room does have a temporary construction door lock on it and was put there for the safety of tools and equipment while doing the re-model this year and was in the plan to change the lock for the new owners, so that is not an issue or a safety risk at all.

In the future if a person has questions about a home that is listed and it has been previewed by a prospective buyer, the next step would be for the prospective buyer to contact the listing agent for clarification or the broker on any questions that may arise about the property. It is probably not a good idea to slander a home owner or an agent when things are found in a home that don’t agree with your particular way of thinking. This is on the verge of slandering a fine person’s reputation that is abiding by all the rules and regulations set upon them by the National Association of Realtors and the Spokane Association of Realtors and this is just not the right thing to do. Our real estate agent is one of the most honest, reliable, trustworthy, integrity driven, best agents I have ever met or encountered in this business. Anyone would be lucky to have her represent them in either side of a transaction, buying or selling.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 9, 2009
It is a disappointment to arrange to see a home that isnot corrected represnted to the public. I personally get get angry when I waste my time and energy as well as the buyer's to show a home tha is not what it isrepresented to be. The things you mention are generally obvious when looking. From what you say,I would be really concerned about the electrical and plumbing and things you cannot see. I would certainly complain to the listing agent as well as their broker. The agent may be unaware of what a legal bedroom is and other issues. So they would need education from their broker. And for your protection, get a home inspection on any home you buy--including new construction. I believe an individual agents reputation is on the line when listing a home and "puffing" too much. I have had buyers refuse to look at certain agents' listing because they saw one that was not accuratedly represented and don't want to waste their time again. Good luck in your home search--there are a lot of good homesout there
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 8, 2009
Another comment from me: Truth in lending and property disclosures are two separate things. One has to do with the mortgage industry and one has to do with the seller.
These are both very important issues.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 8, 2009
This is why we recommend home inspections Melinda. You should also receive a Seller's Disclosure statement which may address some of these issues. I'm not sure what you're attempting to accomplish with this posting. Agents who are not working with this specific listing have no need for this type of "update." Follow the advice of the previous Realtor who responded.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 8, 2009
I am guessing you are a potential buyer who looked at this home? I am all for FULL disclosure, but perhaps you should contact the listing agent and their broker if this is a complaint. Best wishes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 8, 2009
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