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Home Buying in South Plainfield : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Mar 9, 2015
Maria Torres asked:
The inspector found at the rear of the house an underground storage tank and it was part of an old sceptic system -not in use. Could that be a problem to buy a house? Or to get the city…
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Sat Jan 26, 2013
Mary Petti answered:

I work in the Scotch Plains area. There are definitely some homes in the area in that price range, but most of them will need work, no question.
If you give me a call, we can talk in detail about your needs, what's available, what "work" means, with no obligation. I can also talk to you about options that may be available to you to help with closing costs.
Information is a good thing when thinking about making a major investment like purchasing a home.

Call me at 908-675-0167 for a chat. look forward to hearing from you.
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Diane Vanvliet answered:

My assumption is that you have representation by both a real estate agent and a attorney

If all documents have been signed by the seller and the bank has approved everything you may have cause for legal action....Hopefully you attorney has a fair amount of real estate experience dealing with short agent along with you attorney should be able to sort through this for you.

Good luck

Diane. Realtor Associate
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Sat Jun 30, 2012
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Follow the guidance of your attorney - and also talk with the bank just so you have all contingency plans percolating.

Good luck to you,
Jeanne Feenick
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Fri Mar 11, 2011
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Mgpaz - Since you are still in attorney review, relax - nothing is set in stone. Ask your attorney to address your concerns. If you're not satisfied with the responses, you can walk away.

First of all - ask for (or have your attorney ask for) the disclosure.
You should have seen it, and signed off on it before making your offer. Why didn't your agent make sure that was done?
If the house was built prior to 1978, you should also have signed a lead based paint disclosure and been given a pamphlet on lead paint.

What you "were told" has no bearing, as everything needs to be in writing.
Truthfully, some sellers like to say they are selling "as is", then when faced with true structural issues, they relent and take care of them. Keep in mind that once the seller is made aware of a defect, they are legally bound (as is their agent) to disclose that to any future buyer. The prudent thing to do is deal with the issue right then.

I also suggest you read the verbiage in your contract, as many standard contracts (in NJ) are written stating the home is being sold in "as is" condition..but the buyer may ask for repairs to be made, and still retain the right to walk away if the seller refuses.
As I said above - you are paying an attorney to represent you...make use of his knowledge and expertise.

Read the disclosure..........have the inspection......if the seller won't address significant and legitimate issues, then walk away.

Best wishes..........
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Tue Dec 15, 2009
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
So, Arpi - you asked this question way back in January!!

I assume by now you are settled in, and have moved into your new home - I hope so anyway!
Let us know!

I also hope you had an attorney represent you!

Best wishes............
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
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