yes most definilty it's Homes clad with EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems) a.k.a. synthetic stucco have a very strong tendency to retain moisture between the sheathing of the home and the finish system. The design of EIFS, unlike other systems (brick, stone, siding, etc.), does not allow the moisture to drain out. The moisture can sit in contact with the sheathing for a prolonged period and rotting may result. Damage can be serious. Left unchecked, it can affect the structural components of the home. This is also an open invitation to termites .EIFS homes cannot be made "water proof", even by "professional" caulking applicators. All caulk joints fail, even those made under laboratory conditions by EIFS industry engineers. No residential windows are waterproof, they are designed and manufactured to a water-resistant standard. Some water will always find a way in. When it can't get out you have a problem . This happens in EIFS buildings .EIFS homes built before 1997 have a 90%+ chance of having moisture intrusion problems. EIFS homes built since 1997 may have a reduced chance of moisture intrusion, but are not immune.
There are few, if any, visual clues to the problem. It is behind the walls of the home.... more
Have you signed up with a broker yet? If so, did they tell you what fees you would incur to get started? Depending on your broker's policies, "start-up" fees could include joining a board of realtors (approximately $350 - yearly); multiple listing service (approximately $60 bi-yearly); lockbox key pad (if applicable) (approximately @ $70 bi-yearly); errors and omissions insurance (varies by broker; I pay approx. $500 a year); personal marketing materials [business cards, etc] (costs vary).
If I remember correctly, I spent approximately $1000-$1500 to get started.
Welcome to real estate and good luck in the future.
Hi Amanda. Previous home inspection is not available for most properties. Buyers who are under contract and have the inspections done pay a fee for the report. What other information are you looking for? The house is not currently listed. You can contact me via my website or Trulia profile with any other questions you might have.... more
We have several brokers that we can connect you with in the Shrewsbury PA, that will provide you with full service quality representation and a real estate rebate at closing. Let me know if you would like our help.... more