Is the house you're hoping to buy in good physical condition, or does it have hidden defects? What does the seller know about it, and what is he or she, and the listing broker, obligated to tell you? And what does a professional appraiser say about the home's value? Find out the importance of monitoring these aspects of your home purchase process.
Getting a Home Inspection Before a Real Estate Purchase
Before you finalize your house purchase, be sure the house is in good condition. The best way is to have a professional inspection.
When Homebuyers Should Hire a Landscape Inspector, Too
A home's landscaping can be valuable--or it can be a future expense, if soil toxicity, leaking irrigation pipes, and plant diseases are a problem. Look into having a landscape inspection.
How to Remove an Inspection Contingency When You Buy a House
How to negotiate repairs that a house inspection turns up.
Do I Really Need an Inspection of My Newly Built House?
How to deal with problems that turn up at the final inspection of your newly-constructed home.
Mold: Is It Hiding in the Home You're Buying?
Learn how to detect mold, and when it's a problem.
Buying a Haunted House: How Will You Know Beforehand?
Don't want to share your room with Casper? Here's what to watch for.
After Home Inspection, We Want Out of the Purchase. Can We Get Earnest Money Back?
If your contract contains an inspection contingency and the applicable deadline hasn't passed, the seller should return your earnest money deposit.
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Buying a Home? What the Seller Real Estate Disclosures Will Tell You
The seller’s disclosure report is one of the most important documents in the homebuying process.
Home We're Buying Has Illegal In-Law Cottage—What Are the Risks?
The risks of buying a property that may not be up to code.
California Brokers Disclosure Requirements on Property Defects to Home Buyers
Real estate brokers in California have similar disclosure obligations to property sellers.
Asbestos Hazards and Seller Disclosures
Home sellers are responsible for informing prospective buyers about environmental hazards, such as asbestos.
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