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Mon Jun 15, 2015
Mark Hansbarger answered:
WHO PAYS for WHAT? "IT DEPENDS. Radon mitigation, and anything else ... it depends". Here's why, ans SUGGESTIONS:
Most "repo" (bank owned) properties are "As-Is, Where-Is"; "REPOssessed" properties from VA, FHA, USDA, local banks, etc.
A NOTABLE exception being the "HOME STEPS" program which endeavors to have the homes particularly "move in ready", and many times with a home warranty; but still beware.
Do NOT ASSUME anything!
Make sure to WRITE IT IN THE CONTRACT "subject to buyer's approval of inspection reports" on all aspects of the property, including but not limited to ... EVERYTHING.
BEWARE of virtually all FORECLOSURE and especially ADDENDA to your "standardized purchase agreement", especially for the "WEASEL WORDS" that makes the addenda SUPERIOR to the contract.
Look out for words like: "Notwithstanding", or "this agreement shall take precedence", and the like, otherwise, you may well be "buying problems" for which the buyer as the new owner, will be stuck with paying.
Buried and leaking tanks, non-hookup to sewer or water systems, past due but not-yet liens on the property for which you may owe, temporary fixes that were done just good enough to get passed the less than diligent inspectors & contractors; and even then, some things just do "wear out" over time, they are of course fine, until then.
WHO GETS TO PAY and is liable for repairs? Unless the BUYER could PROVE, in writing (typically) that the Seller KNEW and actually committed FRAUD (which is difficult to prove.
SO ... know what you are getting into BEFORE you commit to buy.
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Tue Nov 12, 2013
Juan Carlos Carrasquel, Expert answered:
Probably yes but you should talk to your attorney to see what your options are. There could be ways to protect the property.
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Tue Nov 12, 2013
meford asked:
Wed Sep 18, 2013
Patricia Bennett answered:
For Sale by Original Owner
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Thu May 30, 2013
Andrew Wilkinson answered:
Hi slamhound260,

This home’s listing agent can tell you more about this place that I can (and probably will know a lot about similar properties in the area). You can email the agent from listing page using the orange “Contact Agent” button to the right of the home photos.

Or, you can look for other local agents on Trulia here: http://www.trulia.com/voices/directory/

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help with anything else. I am happy to be a resource for you.

Good luck with your search!

Andrew
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