BEWARE of the Seller's Property Disclosure!! This includes YOU!

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Yes, beware of the Seller's Property Disclosure - there may be more than what is actually stated. I am living proof of that fact. Being a real estate agent, I should have known better.

Here is my living proof:

J) Do you know of any current flooding, drainage, settling or grading or erosion problems affecting the property? answer by seller: Yes. 

Please describe:

When heavy rains, the pond overflows.

Ok, sounds understandable enough... but failed to tell us that most of our acreage goes underwater! This is the 4th time this year of severe flooding. And at times, you can't even tell where the driveway is, which is not safe to drive in or out during these times.

Flooding on Durkee - April 20th 2011  Flooding on Durkee - April 20th 2011

 Side Yard (we live on 11 acres)                                      More of side yard showing MUDDY waters

Flooding on Durkee - April 20th 2011  Flooding on Durkee - April 20th 2011

Getting closer to front yard area                                Front yard where we have 680 foot driveway to home

Flooding on Durkee - April 20th 2011  Flooding on Durkee - April 20th 2011

More of Driveway going to other side of front yard           This is our front yard

Flooding on Durkee - April 20th 2011  Flooding on Durkee - April 20th 2011

Going towards pond area                                             This is the pond area, that is 3x larger than normal


We should have been "smarter" by asking the seller to explain or tell more details on the "pond overflow" issue. Had we known, this would NOT have been the property we purchased. Our pole barn is under water again with inches of MUDDY water inside, our back detached garage that holds our yard equipment is also under water again. Thank goodness our basement has not flooded (yet). Sump pump barely rests.

So BEWARE of the Seller's Property Disclosure - there may be more than meets the eye!

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Jason McDowell
Maryville, MO

Carla- Thanks for the tips. Sorry to hear about your pond issue. What a mess!

Apr 20, 2011 09:02 AM #1
Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

Acreage plus pond, creek, lakw equals lots of questions needed.  I like to ask the neighbors and the folks in the county soil and water dept.  

Apr 20, 2011 09:10 AM #2
Carla Harbert - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Yes, not an easy fix - but I really do love my home, surrounded by so many birds, ducks, turkey, deer, squirrels and more. My dogs love to run the land which is fun to watch - I just am a little frustrated over this water issue. My husband is contacting the Army Corp of Engineers to advise us on what we can do.

It IS important to ask the seller about certain items and follow due diligence - or you may get some surprises like we did.

Apr 20, 2011 01:53 PM #3
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Carla, was there any of the property in a flood plain?  This looks like a major problem.  So sorry for all your problems.

Apr 20, 2011 02:27 PM #4
Christina ONeal
At Home Real Estate Group - Ripon, CA
Realtor - Ripon California

Oh Carla!!!! Yuck, that is not fun.  it looks like you had to be in a boat to get to your home.  Thank you for joining our 31 Days of May Challenge.

Apr 25, 2011 11:59 AM #5
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

WOW!!! Carla!!!

As someone who comes from an area where there is a very high water table I can relate.  I haven't had anything quite like that but my basement has severely flooded a couple of times and there are wetlands wars going on in our city as I type this.  But what you have is  a really messy situation.  Can anyone help with drainage?

Apr 25, 2011 03:54 PM #6
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

It almost looks like the property should have been listed was waterfront!  Is there anything that can be done to alleviate to problem?

Apr 26, 2011 10:19 PM #7
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