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Couples dream of buying a home together, leisurely enjoying a latte while
dropping by open houses to look at remodeled kitchens and manicured
backyards. Today’s market is quite different. Desirable homes are snapped up the
moment they hit the market, often with multiple offers. Homebuyers in this
climate must move quickly. This may require jumping on an opportunity without
both partners adding their input.
Adding more complexity to a heated real estate market is job mobility. The US is
experiencing an unprecedented job market. More employees than ever before
are offering remote work environments. This business climate not only offers
flexibility in living location but also the opportunity to make a career move.
Making a change in location, regardless of the reason, often means one partner
can travel for house hunting.
So, how can you trust your partner to find the right house?
Before starting the home search, it’s important to work together to identify what
features are essential to the new home:
• Size
• Yard
• Bedrooms/bathrooms
• Schools
• Commute
• Community amenities
• Local services; shopping, restaurants, entertainment, gyms, parks, etc.
All these and more should be discussed and expectations set. Fortunately, we also
have extensive virtual tools to use in the home search. Not only virtual tours,
video, and drones, but a simple cell phone can easily take the absent partner on
the house tour in real-time.
Can you trust your partner to choose the right house? With some honest
conversation, careful planning, and technology – yes, you can!

Home Inspection Red Flags

Most homebuyers realize that they can’t expect a perfect home inspection report
when buying a resale home. Cosmetic flaws and minor repairs are easily managed
and shouldn’t be dealbreakers. That said, there are some issues that are more
serious and should give the buyer pause if not addressed adequately.
10 Home Inspection Red Flags

  1. Leaky and Rundown Roofing – watch for signs of current or past water
  2. Poor Drainage – drainage issues can cause serious damage to the home
    foundation, siding, and basements.
  3. Foundation Issues – signs of foundation problems can include cracks
    around doors and windows or uneven floors. Foundation problems can cost
    thousands of dollars to correct.
  4. Plumbing Problems – major plumbing issues should be considered carefully
    and further explored.
  5. Pest Infestations – termites and other wood-eating pests can cause
    extensive damage that can be hard to find and costly to repair.
  6. Mold – that “musty” smell could be due to hidden mold and further
    investigation should be taken as mold can be dangerous to the health of
    the family. Depending on the type of mold, it can be very difficult to
    remove entirely.
  7. Faulty Heating System – a malfunctioning furnace can be a fire hazard.
  8. Electrical Wiring – faulty wiring can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
  9. Structural Damage – sagging joists, rafters, and door jambs can be evidence
    of larger issues.
    10.Deferred Maintenance – a home in poor condition could be hiding more
    serious issues due to chronic neglect.
    Homebuyers should be alert to these issues and know the costs to repair before
    concluding the sale. Home sellers should address these issues before putting the
    home up for sale to ensure they get the best possible sales price.
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