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Does this house have Termites?
Of course, if the house is made of wood.  The real question should be, “How bad is the termite problem”?   If you’re buying a house the next question will be, “Who is paying to get rid of them”? 
The first question can be answered by obtaining a professional termite report.   An inspector walks around the property and classifies the termite damage into two categories: Section 1 clearance, and Section 2.  I won’t get into the differences between section 1 and 2 I’ll just say you don’t want to see, or pay for section 2.  In many cases these termite reports are free if you agree to consider using the termite company which provided the report to help you terminate the infestations. 
Who pays for the extermination?  Like everything else in Real Estate, it’s negotiable but generally the seller will pay for any section 1 clearance.  Lately we’ve seen many Bank owned homes, listings in Aliso Viejo, and short sale properties being listed “As Is” and stating up front that they will not entertain the idea of helping clear termite infestations.  In cases where I have a bank owned listing I try to furnish all interested parties with a termite report before ... more

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