So, you want to buy a house cheap, and you look
to the foreclosure market. Considering the over-abundance of these properties
and just how little many of them are going for, it’s tempting to jump on the
bandwagon and buy up. And it may pay off as a long-term investment. But, like
any other major purchase, you should know as much as you can about a property
before you buy it, which is why home inspections, performed by Inspector Protector Home Inspection
Services is necessary.
Unfortunately, many real estate agents, who
don’t like bargaining with banks, are advising clients that home inspections are
of no value as a bargaining tool, since banks don’t negotiate on “as is”
properties. As an added disincentive, banks selling properties “as is” have no
legal responsibility for any lurking defects. While the agent's advice to forgo
an inspection as a means to negotiate on the price may be logical, it is
startlingly counter-intuitive, and possibly even negligent. Would you buy a car
without knowing whether it has a transmission? The same premise holds true for a
house, regardless of whether you intend to live in it, or fix it and flip it.
The Realtor may be trying to salvage a deal that could possibly be scrapped if
an inspector uncovers damage that the bank is unwilling to pay for, and you, as
the buyer, have to realize that the agent's advice is not in your best interest.
In this case, they’re putting you at risk in order to ensure they get their
Any Realtor advising against an inspection on a
foreclosure (or neglecting to recommend that one be performed) is ignoring the
likelihood that, long before the previous owners stopped making mortgage
payments, they deferred required maintenance tasks. Moisture intrusion leading
to leaks and mold are just a few of the major problems commonly found by
inspectors in foreclosed properties. Tales abound of bizarre discoveries in
abandoned properties, from wild boars to colossal bees nests. Former owners may
loot their own properties, taking with them anything they can pry up or unscrew,
and leave behind trash and junk that you have to pay for to have removed.
Inspector Protector Home Inspection
Services is so thorough with their home inspections,
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You should always get a home inspection before
buying a property, especially when you’re buying a bank-owned foreclosure. In
such cases, it may be impossible to find out how well the home was cared for, or
whether major damage was done right before the past owners left the property.
Ask the bank how much time you have after your initial offer to have an
inspection performed, and schedule one immediately. If it goes well, you’ll
enter into the deal with peace of mind and a better idea of what repairs you’ll
have to deal with. That alone is worth the price of an inspection. If the
inspection reveals a costly disaster, you can back out of the deal and save tens
or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.