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Lack of home inspection leads to no surprises

At least it should come as no surprise that buying a home with no inspection leads to numerous nightmare scenarios when you actually inspect the property after purchase.

“Recently, I had one house that was so catastrophic, it needed some $350,000 in repairs. They were not expecting that at all because it was newly renovated. But that only concealed all the issues. It was lipstick on a pig. It needs a new foundation, piping, you name it, it needs to be done,” said Anderson, who has been an inspector for six years and was a builder for 25 before that.

A million bucks doesn’t get you what it used to in east van:

Last October, the 40-year-old and his spouse bid $955,000 on an older home in Hastings-Sunrise. It was listed at $899,000 and “we heard there were five bids. We were in the middle. We expected this and wanted to have a differentiating factor.”

Ahead of taking possession, “we had asked if we could get in to do some measuring for our furniture, but they wouldn’t allow it,” said Girard.

On moving day, they arrived to find “an absolute disaster,” said Girard, who described the home as being “not safe for our one-year-old daughter. That was the biggest problem.”

There were also holes in the wall, exposed electrical lines, flooring that didn’t meet walls, kitchen cabinets sitting unevenly over dirt floors covered in rodent droppings. The house, when they had seen it, had been “staged. They had positioned things to cover up problems. Drywall had been ripped out. There weren’t enough circuit breakers for things like the stove to be powered. We had to MacGyver things to make them work.”

Unsurprisingly, the Home Inspectors Association of BC recommends that you get a home inspection before buying.  Read the full article over at the Financial Post.

FFFA! lawsuits, investing, bidding wars

Hey, looky here!

It’s Friday o’clock!

That means it’s time for our regular end of the week news roundup and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.  Friday Free-for-all time!

Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

22 Months since the peak
34% of Canadians ready for bid war
A good investment?
Good luck with that
Fake CMHC on twitter
Maybe a bit too much debt
Ping Pong Pricing Protocol
The sunshine coast in 2014
Richer yet poorer?!?

So what are you seeing out there? Post you news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Friday Free-for-all!

It’s the end of another work week and that means it time for the free-for-all!  This is our regular weekend news roundup and open topic discussion thread.  Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

Tiptoeing towards sub-prime
Get ready for more bidding wars!
Carney hints at rate hikes
Is Carney actually driving?
Vancouver might get a new tower
Want to RE blog for G&M?
Higher learning in Whistler
Translink puts on the brakes

So what are you seeing out there?  Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!