Normal Wear or Red Flag?
I have often seen this when I show houses, and YES it is true that I am NOT a structural engineer, architect, or home inspector, but I do like to walk the exterior and look for things that might show signs of a house becoming a money pit.
Ultimately it is up to the home buyers, if after sufficient inspections they decide to go forward and close on a home. But when all other things are equal would buyers be inclined toward a house where serious repairs may loom, or would they save their time and resources by looking elsewhere?
Of all the things I notice, as much as a home owner as a Realtor, the hairline crack in the brick seems to be a more common things. I think this type of crack may be more common in seasonal climates where the rapid change in temperatures might make the different construction materials more susceptible to thermal expansion and contraction. But not being directly in the construction, inspection or related fields this is only a theory, my theory. Maybe it is based on something I heard or my prior years in the auto industry and seeing the effects of heat and cold on plastic and metal car parts.
In any case, in your humble opinions, is the crack below an; a) red flag; b) normal phenomenon (easily monitored and treated); or c) other (please explain); The house is 15 years old.