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Thu Jun 2, 2016
Catpiss answered:
I know this question is old but feel an urge to answer it for those that may come across this thread and should know. If you find a house with cat urine smell don't buy it unless it's steeply discounted. Most of the advice here is for temporary fixes or ways to nuetralize the home temporary which actually works for sellers but then the buyers get stuck with a litter box smelling house down the road when humidity re dampens the urine. I bought a vacant townhome property that was a rental unit and had no signs of cat urine. The flooring was replaced and walls all painted so the smell was nuetralized the first so many months I lived there. Then came those hot humid summer days oh my house stank I was trying to find out WTF. So one day I decided to replace one of the floors I ripped the baseboard off the wall and it was rotted out behind with cat urine. Not happy, the cat urine literally absorbed through the wall paneling, sheet rock, framing, into the concrete. I was pissed literally. I had to basically gut my whole finished basement. I might as well have bought a foreclosed home with mold wouldn't have been anymore work. This cat piss gets not only into the carpets, and the carpet pad, but into the subfloor and trusses. It's nasty stuff.

All of these painting and carpet cleaning suggestions are BS they don't work. You'll be gutting a cat ruined property. Too bad more people don't know, my personal opinion a cat urine property should sell for substantially less than a mold infested property. At least the mold is usually contained to one area of the house. Where cats spray to claim multiple parts of a home. If the litter box is out of the home and it still stinks of cat urine better believe those cats marked their territory. I'm sure plenty of pet people will tell you different and their cats are good but cats no what their doing they'll mark when owners aren't looking. The cost of eliminating cat urine will be in the 5 figure price range or more. Often owners won't disclose cat urine because they actually think that carpet cleaning and repainted takes care of the problem and it does long enough to sell the house and stuff the new owners. I'm not kidding when I say a cat urined house should be discounted the same as a moldy house. Of course if you're going to own cats and cat piss stank doesn't bother you buy a cat sprayed house. If cats aren't your thing stay far away from properties that reek of cat urine. I wish I could post photos in this thread to prove my point. But, might as well take it from me unless losing 20k fixing the problem sounds fun to you. Don't believe me google things like "undisclosed cat urine" "previous owners cat urine" there's plenty of horror stories out there.
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Sun Nov 17, 2013
Bill Eckler answered:
This is an excellent post and one that I hope many agents take the opportunity to read, process, research, and apply to their business practice.

Since reading your post, I have researched this topic and now feel I have new information to be able to pass along to my customers.

Knowledge is an important piece of serving the public in a manner in which it should be treated.

Respectfully,

Bill Eckler
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Mon Apr 9, 2012
Anne Oliver answered:
You can contact the Condominium Association directly or the attorney who represents them for this information. If you are working with an agent, she/he can help you.
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Fri Mar 26, 2010
Gerard Dunn answered:
You can check to see if the Seller will offer owner financing for a small portion of the purchase price. There are still lenders out there that will allow a second trust - if they are at 70-75% LTV.

Good Luck!
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Fri Jan 2, 2009
Team McDonald answered:
Tony - how did things work out for you?
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