Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties)

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't know what a retrofit inpsection and work is.

Jun 27, 2017 03:26 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I am happy we do not have the rules and regulations you have CA. Perhaps why we are seeing a huger increase in relocations from CA. 

Jun 27, 2017 04:57 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Seller traditionally, but very negotiable and I often counter it in multiple offer scenarios as a listing's puts the seller on the hook for a can of worms in the owrst case scenario.

Jun 27, 2017 07:08 AM
Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I would think that if it is a government requirement, the seller should have already complied when the house went on the market.

So I vote for the seller to pay.

Florida does not have anything like that.


Jun 27, 2017 03:43 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Depends on who wants it done, and who has the better agent advising and negotiating for them.

Jun 27, 2017 03:33 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Nina -- typically the Seller pays for government requirements(you know I'm in So Cal too) but it's, of course, negotiable.   In a recent transaction representing a seller --- it was clearly noted in the mls and in all counter offers -- the seller would not be responsible for any retrofit requirements including the city of Los Angeles 9A report.   

Jun 27, 2017 07:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


In commercial real estate (CA) when a gas station is sold and rebuilt as a shopping center, the buyer paid for soil remediation to EPA standards.  It was one of the aspects that was factored in as to whether the development made sense of or not, and the same with asbestos.

In residential, the seller usually took care of that.  A

Jun 27, 2017 06:27 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I haven't a clue when you say retrofit.

Jun 27, 2017 05:27 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

We're a Buyer Beware state and everything is negotiable.  Typically the seller pays, but there is no requirement, certainly not by a state apparatus. 

Jun 27, 2017 05:24 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

In Stuart FL it is usually the seller.

Jun 27, 2017 05:18 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sellers must pay for these required items in both Florida and California. It is a matter of safety and we have never encountered a seller unwilling to reduce their risk for future suits

Jun 27, 2017 05:11 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Retrofit?  Not familiar with that term.  As for inspections requested by the buyer (whether required or not) they were always negotiable.   In my experience in Central Washington state, the seller usually paid for the pest inspection and septic pumping and inspection if that applied.   The buyer paid for the home inspection... which could result in additional inspections and/or work orders.

Jun 27, 2017 04:41 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

You need to evaluate

Jun 27, 2017 04:30 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Nina Hollander nailed this one!

Jun 27, 2017 04:29 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

The seller, as they are the home owner.

Jun 27, 2017 03:48 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Usually: smoke alarms and carbon monoxide devices, water heater bracing, low flash toilets and shower heads, etc.( depends also on county).  Seller does not have to pay( that's why it is an option in CA RPA 7B), but it is a custom that they usually agree to pay. 


Jun 27, 2017 12:05 AM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Retrofitting what?  The fire sprinkler system?  This is an issue in Florida condos... but a condo association can vote to forego the retrofit, if a majority of the entire condo members don't want it.  

 See Florida Statutes 718.112 (2)(l) 

Jun 27, 2017 06:19 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Government? Not sure what that would be here in PHX?  As for retro-fitting that typically is negotiated out during inspection period and depending on how hot or cold the market determines who pays for what - IF - anything is done at all. 

Jun 27, 2017 11:39 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm next door in Ventura County, so we have everything you do with the exception of the seismic retrofit/water fixture compliance inspection.  Ours are smoke & CO detectors and water heater bracing/strapping.  That is almost always a seller expense, unless buying probate or from a conservator (then they're buyer expenses).


For CO/Smoke, most agents have a couple of the $10 stick up detectors in their cars during the appraisal.  In LA City, I've heard of agents having some shower heads in their cars for the water inspector.  Slap on an low flow ugly one and put the good one in the drawer, pass inspection and let the buyer know where the good one is.

Jun 27, 2017 09:04 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

In CA, Northern CA, Silicon Valley, typically the seller pays ... however as many have stated, it is negotiable. 

Jun 27, 2017 08:09 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

NW AZ . . . Typically the seller will pay for the retrofit. Sometimes the buyer and seller will split it.

Jun 27, 2017 07:40 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Inna Ivchenko We don't have this issue here in Virginia.

Jun 27, 2017 07:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's negotiable but buyer usually asks seller to take care of this, if applicable

Jun 27, 2017 07:12 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

100% by buyers except once a lawyer buyer wanted me to remove it. I told him his RPA is not considered as all sales here are as is. Sorry.

Jun 27, 2017 07:11 AM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

We have some low flow water requirmements that are not enforced by anybody in Nor Cal.   Generally speaking it seems the seller should pay since it's their house...

Jun 27, 2017 07:02 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I'm not understanding what you're saying.... not familiar with that....

Jun 27, 2017 05:47 AM
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

seller here

Jun 27, 2017 05:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The seller.

Jun 27, 2017 05:04 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not know it either

Jun 27, 2017 04:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not familiar with retrofit requirements. Some, at time of sale, are required to bring certain things up to code and some are not!

Jun 27, 2017 04:36 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Are you talking about FHA and VA? No retrofit but appraisers can set requirements.

Jun 27, 2017 04:25 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Never heard of retrofit either.

Jun 29, 2017 08:47 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Inna Ivchenko - not heard of this - and am not aware of anyone paying for it.

Jun 27, 2017 10:19 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

The business owner (commercial) is required to pay the cost of such requirements here, Inna Ivchenko.  For residential sales - if the buyer is purchasing to retrofit, the onus is on the buyer, not the homeowner.

Jun 27, 2017 09:06 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Never had this issue

Jun 27, 2017 07:46 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

If it is on the home inspection it is totally negotiated in TN depending on the market. If it shows up on the appraisal, it is the seller.

Jun 27, 2017 06:30 PM