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Feb
4
2016

Buyer Beware: 4 Problems Home Sellers May Try to Hide

Buyer Beware: 4 Problems Home Sellers May Try to Hide

Don’t let your dream house turn into a nightmare. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure your future house doesn’t suffer any of these unsavory and expensive issues.

By Krystal Steinmetz on February 4, 2016 / Photo (cc) by fortes

Homeownership can go from exciting to overwhelming in a hurry if you discover your property has problems after you buy it. If you want to be able to sit back and bask in that new homeowner glow, you need to do your homework before you sign on the dotted line.

Here are four home issues sellers often try to hide from buyers:

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Feb
1
2016

Blood and Real Estate: O.J. Simpson, Murder, and Property Values

Blood and Real Estate: O.J. Simpson, Murder, and Property Values

By Yuqing Pan | Realtor.com | February 1, 2016 - 3:30 pm ET

Twenty-one years after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, O.J. Simpson and that infamous glove that does not fit are in the spotlight again, with a new TV miniseries on FX: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

While many people will find themselves captivated again by the story’s unforgettable fusion of celebrity, slaughter, and late 20th-century racial tensions—or by the freakish spectacle of famous actors (Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J.! John Travolta as lawyer Robert Shapiro!) playing the tale’s highly recognizable main characters—we have other things on our mind.

Real estate, of course.

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Jan
28
2016

5 Things Home Sellers Try to Hid

5 Things Home Sellers Try to Hide
Trulia 11:33AM Time.com Money

Don’t be fooled.

You’ve finally found a house that checks all the boxes, so now it’s time to make an offer, sign on the dotted line, and book the movers, right? Not so fast. That dream home for sale in San Francisco, CA, can turn out to be a real nightmare if the seller failed to disclose a cracked house foundation or pest infestation, and you fail to notice until after closing. Here are five things sellers commonly try to hide during the sales process, and the questions you can ask to suss out the truth.

1. Leaks

Leaky faucets, radiators, ceilings, roofs — you name it, real estate agents, brokers, and sellers might try to temporarily plug that drip to attract offers. But honesty is always the best policy, and admitting your property’s faults can actually work in your favor. Jennifer Breu, a real estate agent based in New York, NY, once showed a home with a ceiling that was falling down; she still got a ton of offers on it and made the sale by being honest that the repairs would be made soon. “Leaks are very common, but they can be fixed very easily before the close,” says Breu. “It doesn’t pay to mask something that isn’t a huge issue and can be fixed. Transparency increases value.”

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Jan
21
2016

4 Sites That Will Tell You More than You Want to Know About Your Home

4 Sites That Will Tell You More than You Want to Know About Your Home
Find everything from 1820 survey maps to documents confirming your home was used for a meth lab.


By Devon Thorsby | U.S.NEWS&World Report - Real Estate | Jan. 21, 2016, 10:02 a.m.

The anxiety of buying a new home can form in any number of ways, and you might find yourself questioning the property you’ve chosen – is the backyard really that small? Is the soil contaminated from the nasty-looking stream nearby? Is your house haunted?

Maybe you’re not asking the last one, and maybe you’re trying to convince yourself you’re not asking the last one – but it’s not unreasonable to wonder. Rest assured you can investigate your concerns before you purchase a home, and you can do most of it online.

Four websites provide a wide of range of property details, and then some – from historic aerial images to documents that show the home was used as a meth lab. These tools can help you see what might be a game changer before you sign the deed.

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Jan
18
2016

Are You Moving Into A Murder House? Check DiedinHouse.com

Are You Moving Into A Murder House? Check DiedinHouse.com
By Victoria Irwin | Dirge | Editor in Chief for FangirlNation.com | Jan 18, 2016

In American Horror Story: Murder House, the Harmon family finds themselves living in a haunted and quite deadly home. Their real estate agent, Marcy, does not attempt to inform her clients of the location’s reputation. When later confronted, Marcy tells the family that she followed the law in California and has committed no crime by not disclosing this information. While this is a fictional account, every day people move into their dream homes, only to discover that no one told them what was lurking inside. Many states, like my home state of Texas, don’t require the sellers of a home or landlords to disclose if a death happened on their property.

If you go to buy a used car, you ask for the Carfax. What do you ask for to make sure that your dream home wasn’t someone’s former meth lab or murderous torture chamber? Entrepreneur Roy Condrey stepped in to fill this void with DiedinHouse.com, a service that does a quick scan of public records to see if your house has had someone die in it, been used as a meth lab, or was involved in a fire.

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