Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Hallmark Realtors)

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Ken Jones, SCGREA, CRES
VRI Realty, Inc. - Metuchen, NJ
Residential and Commercial Brokerage

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl Dude! It's been TWENTY YEARS!!!

What the hell do you think could be wrong with it?

Apr 15, 2018 08:38 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

What exactly are they buyers nervous about?

Buying a home in general ... or buying a home that had a fire 20 years ago? 

Here are some encouraging words.  36 years ago I got pregnant. It was a one-time event. My son is 37 today.  Nothing bad happened from that one-time event. It is highly unlikely that will happen again - either another fire in that home, or me getting pregnant. 

Apr 15, 2018 08:40 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

One word. Inspection. I have bought, fixed and sold fire damaged homes. Checking the structure by a qualified inspector is like any other home. 

Apr 15, 2018 09:03 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Someone needs a fire distinguisher! LOL

Apr 15, 2018 09:51 AM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Inspection.

 Permits.

 Fire Department records.

 CLUE 

Apr 15, 2018 12:10 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hmm. Is there an inspection contingency?  A due diligence period? Nervous is a natural reaction for many buyers. Listen.  Explain .  Advise.

Apr 15, 2018 09:09 AM
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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what's the buyer worried about?  That a house once afire, will once against be afire?? 

Apr 15, 2018 09:03 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

How ridiculous is that? 20 years? I'd be more worried if it was just rebuilt recently. Just be sure that the home inspector knows it's history before hand.

People make a big deal about it & it's totally unnecessary. You drive a car after a crash repair right?

Apr 15, 2018 12:12 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

They should be happy as the winner of this one. Imagine all of the homes that haven't experienced a fire. The odds are definitely in their favor not to have another fire if that's all they're nervous about.

Apr 15, 2018 10:17 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wayne,

Once again, I agree with Michael Jacobs 

Apr 15, 2018 09:59 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Order Chinese take-out and enjoy it all....

Apr 15, 2018 09:45 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Inspection and a fire extinguisher!

Apr 15, 2018 09:24 AM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Solid inspection, get copies of permits for all work done. Find out cause of fire. Not sure why they'd be nervous... what are the odds of a house burning down twice? It's been 20 years, afterall and wasn't this disclosed before they bid on the property? Probably now a much "newer" home than others in the neighborhood.

Apr 15, 2018 09:19 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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It's been quite a while but a thorough inspection should alleviate concerns.

Apr 15, 2018 01:15 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Get an inspection.

Apr 15, 2018 10:10 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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A professional home inspection should overcome their worries.

Apr 15, 2018 10:04 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

Apr 15, 2018 09:49 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

make sure you have a well-versed home inspector...and if there's a question about any facet of the home, have a specialty inspection performed on that facet.... 

I'd check with the building dept. in the town to see what was done for reconstruction.... they had to pull a permit and have it signed off....

Apr 15, 2018 09:40 AM
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Dan Capra
LAER Realty Partners - Lowell, MA
Listing/Buyer Agent

if it was rebuilt not sure what the nerves are about but a home inspection will certainly help

Apr 16, 2018 05:05 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - good news, Buyer! The home is 're-build' so enjoy.

Apr 15, 2018 11:09 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
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It has been 20 years...

Apr 15, 2018 10:44 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I actually would recomment a structural engineer inspection.

Apr 15, 2018 09:42 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Twenty years ago?  What are their concerns?

Apr 15, 2018 08:40 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
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I'm sure the embers have cooled by now. 

Apr 15, 2018 04:26 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Had to give reassuring words without knowing why they are nervous about

Apr 15, 2018 03:44 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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If the home was rebuilt it had to go through codes and the more updated requirements. The codes inspectors would have looked at everything with a fine tooth comb even more so than if it had been new construction. Tell the buyer to take a deep breath and look forward to his new home.

Apr 15, 2018 03:36 PM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Home inspection

Apr 15, 2018 02:12 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

It's great that they know about it but, when a home is re-built after a fire, there are countless inspections before the home can be occupied again. Those inspections are done by both the insurance company and the city/county - at least in NC & SC.

As well, the sellers have been living there for 20 years - lightening strikes, grease fires, tipped over candles - those are all accidents or natural occurrences that bear little to no chance of ever occurring again.

They will also have their own inspections to allay their fears. 

Good luck, Wayne & Jean Marie!

Apr 15, 2018 02:07 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Bring a good inspector or few.

Apr 18, 2018 11:10 PM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

If it was rebuilt, it has updated wiring, so should not have that same issue again, especially after twenty years.

Apr 18, 2018 07:35 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would say no more risk then buying any other 20 year old house.

Apr 18, 2018 06:32 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

A fire extinguisher would be a great closing gift.

Apr 17, 2018 08:34 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

I'd ask them questions that would reassure them such as:

  • Does the home fit your family's needs?
  • Do you love the location and community?
  • Could you find a better home at the price?
  • Do you know that we can have any and all inspections prior to moving forward?
  • Do you have any other questions or concerns?
Apr 16, 2018 09:05 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Get a good inspector.

Apr 16, 2018 05:53 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Fred Griffin nailed this one!

Apr 16, 2018 05:30 AM