Looking at Houses in the Rain Can Reveal Defects

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. BK629999
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Looking at Houses in the Rain Can Reveal Defect

Looking at Houses in the Rain Can Reveal Defects

The afternoons have been really wet here.  We have being have late afternoon storms with heavy thunder and lightning.

What a good time to go out, afterwards and look at houses for sale. (provided the roads aren't flooded)

When thinking of buying a house, I recommend that buyers take a drive by a house and through the neighborhood, if possible after a big rainstorm.  Often it can be quite telling.  It allows them to see if there is standing water on the street, or up in the front yard.  

I have been out showing houses with buyers, during rough weather.  The sky starts out clear, but quickly the black clouds begin rolling in.  The sky looks menacing.  The wind starts howling, the thunder and lightning soon follow.  And, then the rain starts falling by the bucket full.

In looking at houses in the rain, I've seen a house where the back patio was completely underwater and it was an inch from coming into the house.

-A living room ceiling that was leaking in 4 places.

-Front culverts filled with standing water.  Various sections of the yard looked like mini swimming pools. 

Flooding, standing water and leaks are things a buyer may not have been aware of had they not been out in the rain.

So, if you have the opportunity, head out to the neighborhood where you are considering buying and take a look after a big thunderstorm. You might not like what you see. But, in the long run, it may save you money and heartache. 

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Rainmaker
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Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Sure will tell the condition of the roof.  Thanks for sharing with us.

Aug 02, 2014 12:06 AM #1
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Jimmy Williams (352) 874-2354
Classic VI Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Lake and Western Orange County Real Estate Expert!

I find some buyers are turned off and don't want to deal with problems, but other buyers think that this is opportunity time to buy low, repair and resell at market value.

Aug 02, 2014 12:19 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great points, Sandy. Rain can reveal a multitude of issues you might no otherwise see. But also, even if there aren't problems, I tell my clients if they are loving a home in dreary grey weather, imagine how much they'll love it in sunny weather.

Aug 02, 2014 12:29 AM #3
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

So true, Sandy. Also rainy days are great for inspections. See you around town!

Aug 02, 2014 03:04 AM #4
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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

Great tip, Sandy.  Sure avoids some post closing surprises.

Aug 03, 2014 10:05 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Ronald, Yes, this is a great time to see what condition the roof is in.

Aug 04, 2014 05:22 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Jimmy, it really does depend on the individual buyer as to what kind of property they are in the market for.  Some head for the hills, while others see a with issues as a great opportunity.

Aug 04, 2014 05:24 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
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Nina, wow, I love your sunshiny outlook! How true! Imagine what a house will look like on a beautiful day!

Aug 04, 2014 05:25 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
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Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Gary, during stormy weather can be a great time to have the inspector get in  to look at a property.

Aug 04, 2014 05:26 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Gabe, in real estate the fewer surprises the better.

Aug 04, 2014 05:26 AM #10
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Than Maynard
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It can certainly make it easier to see problems. Low spots (porch, yard, whatever) should be easy to spot, unless you are in a drought. Water stains and lush grass often give them away.

 

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