Water Damage & Mold May Hurt Your Chances of Getting a Home Loan!

Real Estate Agent with Brentwood Real Estate, Short Sales, Foreclosures, HAFA BRE# 01446530

This is a great and important topic I think everyone should read. The more we educate ourselves the less surprised we will be when the FHA appraiser presents his/her report to the lender. A good exercise is to do a visual inspection every time you visit the property for you never know what can happen during the transaction. Thanks Renee Burrows.

Original content by Renée Donohue~Home Photography B.1000860.LLC

Las Vegas Water Damage HomeI am beginning another series about “Things That Can Make Your Las Vegas Financed Home Purchase *Blow Up* in the Middle of a Transaction.”

My ultimate goal in this series is to make Las Vegas Home Buyers aware of the challenges of a specific home’s eligibility for financing.

Congratulations!  Your lender just approved you to purchase a Las Vegas area home by looking at your check stubs, debt to income ratio and you are now approved to purchase a Las Vegas area home!

Hold the phone here, *you* may be eligible to purchase a home but is the house eligible for financing?  This series is designed for you to research a home’s eligibility for financing.

DISCLOSURE:  I am not a lender, title company, home inspector, contractor or appraiser.  I am only speaking from personal experience by working with financed Las Vegas area home buyers.  Hopefully you have hired a Las Vegas area real estate agentwho will be able to spot things that can *potentially* cause problems with your financing (mostly FHA/VA) before your contract to purchase a Las Vegas area home.

Much of Las Vegas is currently priced in fire sale status.  Many times when you see unusually inexpensive homes there is a reason – they are not eligible for financing and the seller does not wish to rehabilitate the home to make it eligible for financing.

Today’s topic at hand is “Water Damage & Mold“.  Las Vegas Mold

Water Damage & Mold may occur for various reasons:

  • A Construction Defect From a Slow Leak
  • Malicious Exit From Previous Occupant
  • The “Elements” or Weather
  • Something “Accidental”

The effects of water damage and mold could be from deferred maintenance, recent or can occur in the middle of a transaction.

An example of deferred maintenance would be a leaky roof (weather elements) or construction defect such as an incorrectly plumbed or faulty toilet base & wax ring.

Even though we don’t have “Freezing Elements” too often here, it does happen every once in a while resulting in a cracked pipe here and there.  More often than not, weather elements would be from heat & lack of utilities – baking, melting and cracking plumbed items.

Accidents do happen and some you have to wonder about bordering on being “malicious” from a former occupant.  An example of this would be:  a refrigerator water valve or plumbing valve left on.  Water company comes to turn on water and forgets to check meter.  House gets flooded.  Another example would be a deep nail or screw in the wall securing something and it hits a pipe – water may pour down walls.

Many of the above examples may cause problems with lenders funding a loan.  Sometimes the sellers are willing to remedy the situation, many times in the case of REO (aka BANK OWNED) – not.

A good home inspector will have a moisture meter on hand to be able to tell if a suspicious water damage or moldy area is dry or if moisture is still present and feeding the moldy source.

If your financing goes “kerplunk” due to a water damage or moldy mess, you may want to consider qualifying for an FHA 203K rehab loan!

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John Giggy, Realtor & Foreclosure Specialist
Keller Williams Realty

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Comments (2)

Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Thanks for the reblog John!

Oct 30, 2010 11:29 AM
John Giggy
Brentwood Real Estate, Short Sales, Foreclosures, HAFA - Brentwood, CA

No problem. Thanks for sharing the information. Have a great and prosperous weekend.

Nov 12, 2010 08:06 AM