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Home Inspections are an Important part of the Due Diligence that a first time home buyer or investor should undertake when buying a bank owned (or any other home, for that matter) home in the Hemet - San Jacinto Valley, in CA.
The following report was first published by, Jim Bushart. one of my fellow ActiveRain Bloggers and a Missouri Home Inspector. He points out several key reasons for a home inspection.
If you visit his blog, you'll see I did ask a couple of questions that may be considered to be a negative...tell me what you think...
This is a good report worth repeating and using a s a useful tool for first time home buyers, which dominate our local market.
The down side...if there is such a thing is if the buyer pulls out, we are not suppose to make that report available to the next buyer. I understand everyone wants the work, but a report should then become part of the known disclosures for a property.
The other down side, if there is a defect pointed out to the buyer the buyer cannot technically file a claim with a home warranty company. If the furnace is not working now - why should the home warranty company replace it? I know it happens, but would that not be considered mortgage fraud?
In random order, I present to you seven different ways in which a home inspection report can be used by parties to a real estate transaction for advantage and benefit.
1. Buyers can consider the reported conditions of the home's systems to determine their ability to afford to maintain the property. A home with a 12 year old water heater, an 18 year old furnace and a 25 year old composite shingled roof is going to need some costly investments in the near future.
2. Buyers can sometimes use information regarding undisclosed defects to negotiate the seller's action to repair the defect(s) or adjust the asking price for the home.
3. Sellers can obtain a home inspection and use the report to disclose known defects to potential buyers.
4. Sellers can obtain a home inspection and use the report to identify and correct significant defects that could interfere with a buyer's desire to submit a contract to buy the property.
5. Buyers can use the inspection report as a "punch list" or "to do list" for maintaining the property after purchase.
6. Buyers/Sellers can use the report to communicate to contractors the nature of the defect(s) to obtain estimates for repair or to arrange for repairs or replacements.
7. Buyers can sometimes use the inspection report as a means to withdraw from the contracted agreement to purchase the home when certain types of undisclosed defects are reported.
Buyers and sellers should consider obtaining inspection reports only from professional full-time home inspectors. Inspection reports generated by builders or contractors are often used by them as marketing tools and a means to generate business for maintenance and repairs and do not always represent the actual conditions of the property.
This blog and the contents written here is the intellectual property of John Occhi, Temecula - Murrieta, CA REALTOR® in the South West Riverside County region of the Inland Empire of Southern California. The views and opinions expressed are just that - views and opinions of John Occhi and those who comment. Please note that I am not an attorney or a tax professional and any time I discuss either topic, I suggest you consult with the proper professional for relevant assistance.
I am proud to be a full time REALTOR® who is proud to be a contributing member of the ActiveRain community.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.