How can I find out if a previous buyer has done inspections on a home that fell out of escrow?

Asked by Homebuyer, 90016 Fri Jun 29, 2012

We made an offer on a home in LA that recently fell out of Escrow. Seller said that the previous buyer couldn't get financing. After our inspections, we believe they may have walked for non-financial reasons. Is there a way to find out if the previous buyer did inspections...and maybe what they might have found? We were told by the seller, none exist and as a result none were disclosed.

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Renee Kische, Home Buyer, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Jul 10, 2012
As many of the answers below, have your agent ask the listing agent. They are obligated to disclose all information to new buyers, however, they do not have to show prospective buyers, not under contract, all the disclosures. In your case, it sounds like you should be entitled to seeing the inspections and should have been shown them during your contingency period. Again, check with your agent on this.

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Renee Kische
Keller Williams Realty Hollywood Hills
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Gail Mercedes…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Mon Jun 10, 2013
You are suppose to get a copy of the previous professional home inspection if you have an accepted offer on home

Gail Mercedes Cole
EXP Realty
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Sang and Son…, Agent, Los Angeles CA 90069, CA
Fri Sep 21, 2012
The previous buyer could have done inspections you haven' t done yet and may not have shared the reports with the seller. Sometimes the sellers do not want to see all the inspections as it must become part of the disclosure for future transactions. Besides the general inspection, you can also do a sewer line, roof, foundation etc and determine if the home is right for you. Each buyer has varying degree of tolerance for "defects" in a home.
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Fri Sep 21, 2012
Dear Homebuyer,
Your Realtor could contact the previous interested party, but should do your OWN inspections. Our adivce to all potential buyers is never to skip inspection even in brand new buildings. Realtors are not contactors, nor are homeowners. It's actually suprizing the things that a good Home Inspection can find, even in our own homes, that we were never aware of.
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Kathleen Bec…, Agent, Santa Monica, CA
Sat Jul 7, 2012
HI Homebuyer:

If there was a previous inspection, the listing agent and seller would know about it. You can ask to see a copy of the reports. All of the inspections that are found to have issues are now considered to be disclosure...the seller and listing agent should have copies.

If your offer is accepted, you have the opportunity to do inspections during your inspection contingency period in which you may do any and all inspections to your complete satisfaction. I suggest that you do your due diligence if you are serious about this property. Determine for yourself the current condition. Don't rely on here say.

Good luck!

Kat Becker, Realtor
Estates, Residential, Commercial
Prudential California Realty
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Sat Jun 30, 2012
Your only recourse is if they listing agent will share it with you. If they say there there wasn't one, then it's on you to order your own inspection.

If there WAS an inspection, someone else paid for it so legally you are not entitled to it.
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Harold Sharpe, Agent, LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
Sat Jun 30, 2012
You can only have your agent ask the sellers agent.
Did the seller fill out a form TDS Transfer Disclosure statement and get it to you within the time frame specified on the contract?
You should ask your agent details about it the inspections, disclosures etc.

Harold Sharpe - Broker
So Cal Homes
(951) 821-8211
California Department of Real Estate Broker License # 01312992
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Douglas Perez, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Fri Jun 29, 2012
You can't find out, unless you know the previous buyer or buyer's agent and ask for it. If the seller and seller's agent have already told that none exist, then you would have to go by that. You must perform your own inspection and rely on its findings and negotiate accordingly.

If you don't have an agent to help you, I would be happy to represent you.

Douglas Perez
(213) 375-8741
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Sang and Son…, Agent, Los Angeles CA 90069, CA
Fri Jun 29, 2012
Seller is required to disclose if there are any reports. The buyers are supposed to share the inspection report with the seller even if they pay for it but some buyers don't turn over all the reports to the seller, especially if they are planning to back out of the deal. In some cases, the seller doesn't want to see all the reports. If they do, they have to disclose so they may turn a blind eye.
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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Fri Jun 29, 2012
Hey Homebuyer,

Just have your agent aske the listing agent fro a copy of the inspection report.

You should still do your own inspection. If you like the home and find major issues you can ask seller to reduce the price or credit you money t closing for repairs.

Best Of Luck To You,

Kawain Payne, Realtor
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Brian Byhower, Agent, Hermosa Beach, CA
Fri Jun 29, 2012
Just ask. They MUST disclose that fact and supply a copy of the inspection. If not, the listing agent is in violation of RESPA rules. You really shouldn't even have to ask.
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