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Buying A Home? Have It Inspected!

Home_InspectionBefore any home-purchase contract is ever signed, a potential home-buyer should, most definitely, have an official home-inspection performed on the property.  In fact, the inspection should be included in the actual contract as a condition of closing the sale.  Some things that could be uncovered might be structural malfunctions, electrical systems not up to code, defective roofing, dry rot and pest infestations, etc.

But even before an inspection is performed, an official disclosure, in writing from the seller, should be obtained.  With that being said, however, that disclosure should not be considered all-inclusive.  Any number of home-owners #1) may not even be aware of any possible hazards or malfunctions which means, of course, they would not even be reported and #2) an on-going problem that a seller has lived with for years may be honestly ‘forgotten’ by him or her, and not divulged.

Putting It All Together:

 

#1:  Do Your Own Inspection:

This should be accomplished before any formal inspection is scheduled and could be done before an offer is made, as well.  Ask the seller if he or she is willing to have you come in to look around and make notations.  If the homeowner has nothing or little to hide, they will welcome the request.

Eyeballing every nook and cranny is vital since big problems can hide is small spaces.  One scrutinizing, prospective buyer, with the help of a magnifying lens, noticed incredibly small bugs nestled inside one bedroom’s baseboards, only to discover they were nocturnal bedbugs—a nightmare that is almost impossible to get rid of.   A new homeowner bought a beautiful four year-old residence and discovered, shortly after moving in, cockroaches would scatter when the kitchen light was turned on in the wee-hours of the morning.  Know the home before it becomes a part of your family!

#2:  The Seller’s Inspection Report:

At the risk of sounding mean-spirited, don’t trust an inspection report the seller may voluntarily provide.  Certainly accept it, but use it as an initial part of the inspection process, and nothing more.  It could be very valid and accurate, but as stated earlier, problems could exist that the homeowner genuinely isn’t even aware of.  One shoddy home builder in a small community was out to save money and built homes whose electrical systems were below code; and were fire hazards waiting to happen.  How the homes passed inspection remained a mystery.

#3:  A Professional Inspection:

Hiring a seasoned pro, who knows exactly what to look for, is your peace of mind!   A veteran professional should take a good 2-3 hours to examine everything from the roofing, to the exterior siding, plumbing, electrical and heating systems, drainage, foundation, drywall, gutters etc.   If at all possible, be available during the inspection to ask questions and get a feel for what problems might be very minor or any revelations that could be a reason for real concern, such as asbestos or lead.

Those Pesky Varmints: 

 

As per LRETX.com, request a pest report!  A licensed, structural pest-control inspector thrives on finding pesky, living things in or around a home that could pose a health risk and/or structural damage.  He’ll look for:

1:  termites/flying beetles/powder-post beetles/carpenter ants/carpenter bees

2:  bedbugs/cockroaches

3:  rodents, especially mice

4:  dry rot (fungus)

5:  moles…your yard could turn into a maze of large mounds or tunnels

If nothing is found that would compromise the sale of the house; you’re good to go!  If potential problems were uncovered, you have justification to negotiate the selling price or you can back out, assuming your contract has allowed you to do so.

But the bottom line remains:  have any potential residence thoroughly inspected since you have way too much at stake not to!

Residing in Nebraska as a retired educator, Karen spends much of her time writing about the real estate industry.

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May 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm Comments (0)

Las Vegas Real Estate Guide

English: The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

English: The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Learning the basics of Las Vegas real estate will help you to purchase responsibly. You will know when the best time to acquire property is, and how you can look for a house that meets all residential requirements. In addition, you will also be able to speculate future trends with some degree of accuracy.

Major Residential Areas

Las Vegas is known for its luxurious grandeur. Along The Strip lie several high rises that are ideal for the lavish metropolitan lifestyle the city has to offer. You will also find the Sky Las Vegas along The Strip. This apartment provides all the facilities of a fully-furnished apartment and the lifestyle that comes with it.

If you are looking for condominiums, City Center is the place you should be visiting, not to mention the City Center skyline which is another piece of architecture worth looking at.

Long-term Investments in Las Vegas Real Estate

Many people perceive Las Vegas as an entertainment city and nothing else. Hence, they do not consider purchasing residential property in this city.

However, while it is true that Las Vegas is home to dozens of casinos, hotels, malls, and parks, it also has sufficient amenities for daily living. For instance, did you know that Las Vegas has more libraries than any other metropolitan city in the US?

The city’s education level is impressive, as about 80% of residents have senior high school and college education. The student-to-teacher ratio in 2012 was 18:1. So just keeping the education statistics in mind, you can actually consider investing in an apartment or condominium in Las Vegas as a permanent residence.

Current and Future Trends

Ever since the recession, the Las Vegas property market faced high rates of foreclosure. Many speculated that property prices will continue to fall in 2013. However, others were of the view that 2013 will be the year when the market will resurge, and currently, prices are going up.

However, the current mode of property buying/selling is short sale. It entails a lengthy procedure which many are willing to go through. This is because the local inventory is currently low. Those who want to sell off their property without short sale will have to wait till banks start foreclosure.

But even though prices are going up, recovery seems weak. Various factors come into play, and limited lending, government legislation, and the overall economy will play their part to slow recovery down.

Ryan Crighton, a real estate expert in Las Vegas wrote this article about Las Vegas real estate.

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