Usually the surprises come up at inspection time. It is difficult to see the flaws of a property at first glance or visit. After the home and pest inspection buyers are faced with the reality of what it means to own a home. The reality is that a property takes maintenance and care. Many homeowners don't have the time or inclination to maintain a home properly and the issues that they ignored come up in home inspections and pest inspections. I always recommend that buyers attend these inspections and they find out upfront what needs to be corrected now or can be attended to after they own. Depending on the severity of the problem, sellers may or may not fix the problem. With the bank owned properties and short sales it is difficult to get repairs done before close of escrow. With a little bit of luck many of the repairs are minor and can be taken care of easily. Good luck and I hope you find a well maintained property. Denise Dauphinais, RE Broker,
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