Buying "As Is" property.

Asked by joe_muni, Jersey City, NJ Mon Mar 11, 2013

When a seller and realtor are selling property "As Is", aren't they responsible for not disclosing known and "should have known" issues with the property ?
Does "As Is" mean the buyer has no recourse to any and all issues with the property ? Can the buyer cancel or ask for concessions before, or after closing as deficiencies are discovered ?
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Darrell Roch, Agent, Colts Neck, NJ
Mon Mar 11, 2013
All listings are assumed as "as is". This is why when you sign your contract you normally want an inspection clause, but this will only let you have recourse with major defects. Yes if there is a known issue there should be a disclosures list but you don't see them all the time. Also this is why there are home warranties. The problem is in the current market in the Jersey City Downtown and Hoboken area people are waiving these clauses to get the property. One thing that you really want to know about is flooding and there are a bunch of properties that are newly refurbished that flooded during Sandy. Just something to think about.

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Russ Ravary, Agent, Commerce Township, MI
Wed Mar 13, 2013
If you are buying as is the seller does not want to do repairs or give you money off the sales price. Just make sure you have an inspection clause that allows you to void the contact if there are too many issues
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Maria Batista, Agent, Jersey City, NJ
Wed Mar 13, 2013
Hi Joe,

I agree with most of the answers below. In my opinion, you should get confirmation from your attorney that your contract has a home inspection contingency clause in it that would allow you to void the contract and walk away if anything major comes up during the inspection.

I am not an attorney and can't give you legal advice so best to review your questions and concerns with an attorney.

Good Luck.
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Diane Maxon, Agent, Jersey City, NJ
Tue Mar 12, 2013
Hi Joe -
There are some good answers below and they are all (except the agent from CA) consistent with the regulations in New Jersey I have been told, however, that flooding is required to be disclosed by the seller however I didn't hear that from an attorney!

Again, check with your attorney re your contract. It usually allows for an inspection period and any major defects discovered can usually be cause for you to void the contract. Make sure this is the case for you, again by asking your attorney.

After closing it would get a lot trickier to remediate a problem, so again your attorney's advice is required.
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Emil Veltre, Agent, Clearwater Beach, FL
Mon Mar 11, 2013
Hi Joe,

Regarding disclosure, if there are any obvious and/or known issues their is a duty by the Realtor to ensure that all parties are informed of them. However, if it is an unknown latent defect (a defect that is reasonably not visible upon inspection) a Seller and/or Realtor cannot disclose what is unknown.

Actually, the standard NJAR (NJ Association of Realtors) Contract of Sale is an "AS-IS" contract, however, you still have a right to an inspection to determine basically "How Much" "AS-IS" you are willing to accept.

I always recommend to ask the question of requesting something to be repaired rather than not as you do not know if you do not ask! However, all this should be done prior to the closing.

As I am not an attorney, I cannot offer you legal advice, however, any attorney who will represent you is their to protect your rights and you should take full advantage of it.

I hope this helps.

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Good luck!

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Emil Veltre, RPh, MS, CDPE
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Liberty Realty

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Karina Abad, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Mon Mar 11, 2013
Hello Joe_muni - virtually all real estate contracts in New Jersey are as is purchases. Depending on the area, there may or may not be a seller's disclosure. In Hoboken and Jersey City for example there usually isn't, as it is not required.

The buyer has the right to conduct a home inspection, and any issues found can be repaired by the seller or negotiated between both parties, or the buyer may cancel the contract. The condition of the home does not survive closing so they would have to come up during the inspection.

Please seek the advice of a real estate attorney, as we are not attorney's and can not give you legal advice. If you need a recommendation I am happy to offer you some names.

Hope that helps!
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Mon Mar 11, 2013
The Owner, who lived there, is the one responsible for the DISCLOSURE.
The Realtor will Disclose things which have become obvious to them while visiting the property:
The Realtor is discouraged from delving too deeply; they haven't lived there and they are not considered "experts" at Inspections.
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