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Cindy Kidd, Agent, Columbia, SC
Sun Nov 4, 2007
I am going to have to disagree with Jonathan on a point or two here. People are taking shortcuts everywhere these days. I moved into a "new construction" years ago without an inspection because "the home had passed the county inspection." Later it was discovered that one of the main baths on the first floor was draining under the house and not into the sewer system. It had passed "the county plumbing test" The only way the problem was discovered was that the fireplace started growing mold and the 1 year builders contract had expired.

The appraisal value can be compared to are comps and checked within a degree of accuracy, I would work with a Realtor in the area that can determine what it is that you are looking for in a home and ask them to start e-mailing you homes that match that criteria. If you are a client, they will be happy to assist you with this. This will help you figure out which houses you are interested in and they should also know a home inspector and appraiser that may be willing to work under limited time constraints for you.

Good luck!

Cindy Kidd
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Jonathan Osm…, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Sat Nov 3, 2007
How does 5 days suit you? If you bypass the appraisal, most attorney's can have a cash deal done an under a week. I would also closely examine the builder's language for their 1 year punchlist. Typically, I don't recommend buyers of new construction homes spend the money to have a pre-closing inspection (pre-drywall of course) since everything can be inspected by the homeowner prior to moving in. However, before you have your 1 year punchout, hire the inspector to see what needs to be addressed at that time.

Inventory homes can be a great deal and Fort Mill has its share. It's really a case-by-case basis with each builder however you should be able to negotiate a win-win for both parties. The more a builder has in inventory, the greater the likelihood to negotiate. Clearly though, with such a time crunch, the best thing would be to have a list of places, previewed by an agent with all the details beforehand so you don't waste your time on "bad" properties.

I'm licensed in both states and a member of the local association that serves York and Lancaster County (Fort Mill) and have access to ALL the listings (most agents only have access to the Charlotte area MLS, which isn't the main MLS for Fort Mill and York County). If I can assist you in any way, don't hesitate to ask.

FYI: Be aware that the property taxes on your new home will be based directly on the price that you paid for it at closing. Its a new law for South Carolina that most people are unaware of.

Finally: Forgot to add if you do opt for an appraisal (which is not required for cash but highly recommended since any home, new or existing can fail to bring the appraised value), you can still close within 7-10 days. Even though Fort Mill is "hot" for this area, we're still in a "buyer's market" with the average home in that area taking over 130 days before a contract on average.
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