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  1. #17501
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_pdx View Post
    We looked at one house where the seller did a pre-inspection and provided it to buyers' agents. That was nice, probably helped the bidding go stratospheric.
    Interesting. But seams like a lawsuit waiting to happen against the seller. What if the seller's inspection is wrong about something? The buyer relied on that inspection when making the offer. I guess buyer can always do their own inspection after offer/acceptance to verify the accuracy of the seller's inspection, and then bail.

    On the other hand, wouldn't a seller's inspection be much more thorough? A buyer's inspection is limited to what they can look at (can't open anything up to see what is inside). But seller inspection can do whatever the seller lets them do.

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    I paid for two pre-inspections and they were both garbage (checked the outlets for ground and verified heat worked basically) so we stopped doing them. We found a guy to come out after the closing and give it a thorough once over and that was worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    I actually did before I retired.

    The initial comment never mentioned having a cap. It just mentioned more than the highest.

    Sure, anything can be legally binding if it’s consensual. Interesting that the clause allows you to see the other offers. What right does the seller have to show my offer to a third party?
    I can only speak to WA, where escalation clauses are generally written as in $___ increments up to $___ cap, and only that portion of the offer is disclosed to the other parties after acceptance (and only by request).

    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    Back in the day, they went back to every buyer and said one shot. Highest and best.
    (again, my knowledge is only local) Agents still try to do that, but sellers can have other ideas.

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    IMO home inspections are only good value in a buyers' market.

    In a sellers' market, they're generally a waste of money, but just like an insurance policy or lottery ticket, one might save your ass.

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    My seller provided an excellent home inspection. It helped me be confident in overpaying..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Striker View Post
    750? wow

    500 seemed to be standard for a while, and the newer inspectors were even offering RE agents discounts to build their client bases.
    Yeah, there are bells and whistles now. This guy was licensed to do the sewer scope and offered an infrared camera scan of the electrical panel and presumably exterior if it wasn't mid-summer. Both of those were add-ons, but since we were splitting it, we opted in, and the total sticker was like $800, which we split 2 ways.

    That home inspector said that he had never had a real estate agent recommend him to their buyers more than a handful of times because his inspections were too thorough, but he often had RE agents who wouldn't recommend him to their clients send their family members to him to get inspections. Couldn't get a better recommendation than that, right?

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    Yeah, that's definitely over and above the typical "just what I can see" reports.

    The last sewer cam I had done cost a couple hundred, and they didn't even record it. And as an FYI, sewer line replacement is 100% on the homeowner here.

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    I'm doing a small addition in Minden right now. The clients bought the house last year and had an inspection that didn't note anything serious.

    This picture was taken just inside of the attic access door, so it's very easily accessed. I'm not sure how much they paid for the " inspection", but $20 would have been too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by climberevan View Post
    I'm doing a small addition in Minden right now. The clients bought the house last year and had an inspection that didn't note anything serious.

    This picture was taken just inside of the attic access door, so it's very easily accessed. I'm not sure how much they paid for the " inspection", but $20 would have been too much.

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    Man... half-assed electrical work really pisses me off.

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  10. #17510
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    I guess staples and a few boxes would've been over budget.

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    With all this talk about inspections and whether you can trust them, I have to give a shameless plug for https://hippoinspectionprotection.com/ -- new product that my company introduced this month.

    Designed to work with both seller pre-listing inspections and standard buyer inspections. Unfortunately not yet available in CA or WA given how long it takes to get anything licensed there, but we're in 20+ states currently, including CO, NM, AZ, and TX, and will get to all of them soon enough. PM me if interested about learning more; despite my obvious bias, I think it's a pretty great, innovative product.

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    Just looked at it ^^ briefly but that does look like a good product, depending on what it costs, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Striker View Post
    I guess staples and a few boxes would've been over budget.
    Not to mention some electrical tape.
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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    That doesn't even qualify as 1/2 assed.
    I have been in this State for 30 years and I am willing to admit that I am part of the problem.

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    1/4 assed?

    We need better lexicon
    “I’m a subhuman jizz monkey”

    Thx mods. It’s an awesome signature.

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    metric assed?

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    Well, a metric shit ton of ass is a lot of ass
    “I’m a subhuman jizz monkey”

    Thx mods. It’s an awesome signature.

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    Home inspectors can be good, but you have to find them and pay them. I paid ~800 for mine 7 years ago, but he helped us avoid a place that had shitty quality work and blown window seals. Each time it was 3+ hours of hitting every book and cranny as well as a 50-80 page report with pictures and thermo camera stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    This new shit is like going on price is right and offering a dollar more.

    Total dick move imho
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    The escalation clauses work well in many circumstances, however. The real dick move would be for the seller to look at the escalation that says "up to $X" and simply counter at X, regardless of any other offers. I mean, the buyer just played their hand and said what they're willing to pay X, so make them pay it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenboy View Post
    The escalation clauses work well in many circumstances, however. The real dick move would be for the seller to look at the escalation that says "up to $X" and simply counter at X, regardless of any other offers. I mean, the buyer just played their hand and said what they're willing to pay X, so make them pay it.
    Depends on your angle....as a seller I would look at your escalation clause and your max $ and think its a dick move that you think my house is worth that much and are willing to give it to me...but will try to give me less UNLESS someone else wants it too.

    Its all part of the negotiation process....dicks moves and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schuss View Post
    Home inspectors can be good, but you have to find them and pay them. I paid ~800 for mine 7 years ago, but he helped us avoid a place that had shitty quality work and blown window seals. Each time it was 3+ hours of hitting every book and cranny as well as a 50-80 page report with pictures and thermo camera stuff.
    Ah, yes. Those were the days. When buyers actually care about inspections and sellers were motivated to address the items found. Now in a world of no inspections or contingencies, not sure how much this formerly solid advice still applies. Haha. Don't get me wrong tho. I wouldn't play that game no matter what. Get the inspection. If seller says no dice, then RUN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontuckyFried View Post
    Ah, yes. Those were the days. When buyers actually care about inspections and sellers were motivated to address the items found. Now in a world of no inspections or contingencies, not sure how much this formerly solid advice still applies. Haha. Don't get me wrong tho. I wouldn't play that game no matter what. Get the inspection. If seller says no dice, then RUN.

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    Yeah, I think an inspection is still 100% worthwhile. We walked based on our inspection because he found (big ticket items only) the plumbing was 70 years old and and at end of life / in need of replacement, a lot of dodgy electrical issues, and a buried oil tank. We knew the seller wouldn't address any issues we uncovered, but it was great to have that info so we knew to GTFO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schuss View Post
    ...he helped us avoid a place that had shitty quality work and blown window seals. Each time it was 3+ hours of hitting every book and cranny as well as a 50-80 page report with pictures and thermo camera stuff.
    That was the "insurance policy or lottery ticket" I was talking about. And 50-80 pages? Wow. That guy was earning his money!

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    I have had good luck in the past with the inspection process (not in a crazy market like now) in getting the sellers to either repair important stuff or reduce the price due to what we both knew needed to be done. Vibes to the buyers today. These days every time I close a purchase I shake my head by how bent the buyer was in the deal.
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    I think you'd have an easier time understanding people if you remembered that 80% of them are fucking morons.
    That is why I like dogs, more than most people.

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