Is this coastal Oregon home up to code?!

Real Estate Agent with ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County 200509394

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Even if your house has been fully inspected, hidden gems like these can be found within the walls of a home after closing. To find this issue, the buyer would need written permission from the seller to open the wall prior to close.





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Comments (3)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Barbara - many things cannot be found in the course of a normal inspection as I tell buyer clients.  There are many sellers who might not even know such a condition existed in their homes if that ceiling had not disturbed.  

Getting an approval from a seller, in writing, with the buyer taking responsibility of returning to its previous condition absent some type of repair/remediation agreement would be recommended.   Our California purchase agreement explicitly details such situations and every property inspector that my clients have used also has a "SuperMan" clause where they state they can't see through walls.  


Jan 26, 2015 02:53 AM
Barbara Le Pine
ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!

Michael, you are so right! Buyer needs to assure that property will be returned to previous condition. As most buyers available cash funds are stretched to the limit when buying a home, it is not often done. I recently had such a discussion with a buyer, who did not have the funds or they might have made the written request. That said, what you find inside the walls is a gamble, unless you, the buyer, spend money out of pocket to take a look. In this case, it would have been worth it.


Jan 26, 2015 03:07 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Barbara -- you're right it can be a tough but often necessary call.  I hope this works out to your clients' satisfaction.  

Jan 26, 2015 07:36 AM