Repair credit stigma forcing real estate agents and homebuyers to sidestep disclosures, inspections in purchase offer in order to get financing

If your purchase contract contains an inspection contingency and the inspection report comes back with repairs, the lender may require those repairs to be completed before funding the loan. What will you do to cope …

Permit check critical when buying home

Open or expired permits can add considerable cost to improvement budgetread more

Inspection advice to avoid buying a money pit

Protecting financial interests more important than not offending agentread more

Don’t pass up chance to attend home inspection

On-site review can avoid misunderstandings, determine a property’s worthinessread more

Using home inspection report as negotiation tool

If the discovered defects are unacceptable, you have 4 optionsread more

Common surprises in real estate negotiation

When contingencies are involved, expect the unexpectedread more

Hidden foundation crack makes recourse difficult

If no one accepts blame, will home insurance cover repair?read more

Remodeled REO should still be inspected

Why hiring contractor friend may put you at a disadvantageread more

Recourse for faulty water heater installation

Who pays for repairs: contractor, inspector or seller?read more

Asbestos inspector makes critical mistake

Homeowner fears ‘red-tagging’ after health and safety issue shuts down projectread more