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Why foundation investigations are good for every real estate transaction

This is a typical example of what happens to new homeowners throughout the US. A new home-buyer buys a home, and six months to 12 months later starts to notice cracks in walls and doors and windows not functioning properly. Why is this occurring so much? 

I have had the opportunity of being an expert witness on many occasions. My expertise was required in helping a current homeowner in negotiations with another party on their house foundation repairs. Quite often during this period of time homeowners would either walk from their home with lots of damage in it or they would collect and then walk. Leaving the mortgage company with the foundation problems.

It was very common for the lender to then sell the home at auction as is. Many times it would sit for a long time up to years before it would be sold. People sensing a bargain would then buy the home and instead of fixing the problem at its source, did what we call “caulk and walk”, selling it to a new home owner after a little cosmetic fix up. Now after 6 to 12 months or even several years those problems that were not fixed at their source are coming back. 

How can you protect yourself. I suggest that before you buy a house you call our team and have it expertly investigated. It is a small price to pay for making sure you’re not buying a house with big problems. In order to properly investigate, there needs to be sufficient time… usually about a week.

How not to take a hit when you sell your houseHow not to take a hit when you sell your house

When I sell my house will I have to disclose un permitted work?When I sell my house will I have to disclose un permitted work?
All of us at some point will want to sell the house are living in. In fact the motivation for doing foundation repairs most of the time centers around this issue.

Home-buyers BewareHome-buyers Beware
I hear constantly from recent home-buyers a story that seems to be a reoccurring theme for us. That is, new home-buyer buys home, and six months to 12 months later starts to notice cracks in walls and doors and windows not functioning properly.

Announcing Real Estate Renewal Courses on Foundation Repair and Radon MitigationAnnouncing Real Estate Renewal Courses on Foundation Repair and Radon Mitigation
In my previous blog I said in passing that I received my approval from the Arizona Department of real estate as an instructor for real estate agents to renew their licenses for credit renewal hours.

Announcing Real Estate Renewal Courses on Foundation Repair and Radon MitigationAnnouncing Real Estate Renewal Courses on Foundation Repair and Radon Mitigation
In my previous blog I said in passing that I received my approval from the Arizona Department of real estate as an instructor for real estate agents to renew their licenses for credit renewal hours.

Good news for realtorsGood news for realtors
When I graduated from ASU in 1985 I also acquired a real estate license which I subsequently did very little with. However I am somewhat familiar with the real estate industry enough to know that foundation repair are dirty words.

My new AZRE CE approved real estate classesMy new AZRE CE approved real estate classes
On Wednesday, April 6 at 1 PM I will be offering another one of my AZRE approved continuing education courses for realtors.

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