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I bought a single family resident home in Hemet, ca march

Hi there I bought a single family resident home in Hemet, ca march 2016. 3 weeks after I moved in electricity completely went out, then air/heat, then found out plumbing not connected to city street sewer. I paid all repairs since insurance said each incident not covered. I originally clearly expressed to my real estate agent I was not interested in a fixer upper. I even turned down other cheaper nicer homes due to noted fixer upper issues. This home was labeled Move In Ready with some minor fixes but not labeled Major as I ended up with and non related. I expressed each issue along the way and lastly they sent a letter to selling agent for previous owner to help with expenses since these issues not exposed in inspection at degree of repair needed. Can I sue for reimbursement? if so, who? how? Carmen TellezJA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: californiaJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: not yet. I only sent letters to my agent along the way for each incident. I first tried to express to selling agent but her office said that I was to only deal with my agent which I have. But seems like I've been toted along entire way.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: yes. I finally (after nearly a year of trying to resolve), rec'd a letter from my agent (after I expressed perhaps I should sue the owner/selling agent) copied to selling agent all my concerns as I turned in rejected insurance letters for repairs and my receipts. My agent informed me that seling agent claimed I agreed to a $2,000 credit instead of requested repairs. I countered with the fact that during time of sale of home, I did agree to THOSE particular items listed, but NOT the major issues occurred within 3 weeks after transaction when home already purchased as when I first brought to their attention and all along 2016.

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I bought a house in Poughkeepsie NY "as is" and a fixer

I bought a house in Poughkeepsie NY "as is" and a fixer upper. No disclosures from the estate I bought the house from. The contractor discovered half of myJA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: house is a train car. I am not kidding. There is literally no foundation under the house. It is all dirt held up by tree trunk. Everything is rotten. Since there is not a foundation, and half of it is not a house, do I have any recourse?JA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: No, nothing about disclosure.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: The entire house is going tohave to be gutted floors, electrical, plumbing, and a foundation poured

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We recently moved into our new home and are discovering more

We recently moved into our new home and are discovering more and more problems around every corner. On move-in day, a wall is coming loose away from the baseboard so much you can stick your hand in and curve it under behind the wall; I see a free-fallen stud laying in concrete. We also had a broken toilet in the master bathrooom. We feel the house was falsely marketed as 1/3 acre and after a fence was installed, we received communication from property management that we encroached on county property; we moved the fence back to their specifications and now we have no yard. The fence simply goes to just outside the pool screen. had we known the yard was this small, it would have been a deal-breaker; it was marketed as an "expansive backyard" showing an aerial photo. The grass and plants seem to be dying and their old/our new landscaper just told me moments ago that they capped off sprinkler heads and even shut off whole lines of irrigation, causing many lines and sprinkler heads to be raised above ground. We just purchased a half million dollar fixer-upper?? Are these usual items of complaint or are we whining over nothing? Are these things missed by inspectors, false disclosures? Can we sue for these things?

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I have given several disclosure statements that were

I have given several disclosure statements that were incorrect . Buyer wants massive adjustments to contract . I want to cancel the contract , pay all his incurred expenses and offer a settlement . How big of a liability do i have . ie what is the worst that could happen? If the contract is for 260k and there are 100k in demanded repairs would that be reasonable? I am in SC.House was clearly advertised As Is , fixer upper . Does that help?

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Question re foreclosure on a VA loan. I lost my job when

Question re foreclosure on a VA loan.I lost my job when I was 61 due to layoffs, after 28 years at the same company. So we cannot afford our mortgage anymore. We had recently moved and bought a house for my last position, so our house not only has no equity, but we are underwater by about $35K (including realtor fees).Luckily, we have a VA loan. After we finally get the place cleaned out and semi-presentable as a fixer-upper, I'm assuming the short sale will still take several months for approval by the mortgage company (even tho the VA guarantees to repay the difference in what we owe).A long delay is what usually happens in a short sale, right? We are very anxious to sell because we live in a condex and just found out the other owner has asked her tenants to move out, as she is moving in very soon. She is mentally ill and we may need a restraining order against her. She is going to interfere with the sale in any way she can, I imagine.We have a small condo we already own elsewhere without a mortgage and we will be moving there permanently. We have no heirs. Since we are now both over 65, we don't anticipate needing credit cards, another mortgage or new cars, so we are tempted to walk away from the house to avoid dealing with the long short sale process and the very difficult neighbor.What would be the repercussions of foreclosure other than lower credit scores for a period of 7 years or so?Thank you.

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I live in Annapolis, MD and recently purchase a fixer-upper

I live in Annapolis, MD and recently purchase a fixer-upper house. I am in the process of a landscape/beautification project. My neighbor has accused me of encroaching on her property and is demanding that I correct it immediately. My neighbor is 88yo and has a lot of health and mental comprehension issues. She has verbally demanded I correct immediately or court action and last nite she phoned me verbally demanded to correct or court action. Should I send a Cease and Desist Order to her so she will stop harassing me?

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A job transfer moved us to Charlotte, NC. We are renting

A job transfer moved us to Charlotte, NC. We are renting for one year with the intent to build a custom home. We hired an agent to help us look at potential properties to build a custom home on. We found a property. Our agent negotiated the purchase of the unimproved property and required us to sign a an Exclusive Buyer Agency Agreement. He was compensated 3% commission by the seller of the property. We are building a custom house. We hired our own builder and architect to build a one of a kind house we designed. Our agent has come back demanding 3% commission on the cost of our custom home we intend to build on the property. He is threatening to sue to based on the Exclusive Buyer Agency Agreement which has an expiration date one year into the future. Please advise.

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I have a house and I'm remarried, we 't live in it, and my

I have a house and I'm remarried, we don't live in it, and my husbands name is ***** ***** it, and my name is ***** ***** his property either, I can no longer afford my property , and it's a fixer upper, I owe more on it than I can sell it for, can I go default, abandon it, go bankrupt? What can I do to get out from underneath it. Could they come after my husband?

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I have a question about who is responsible of a title search

I have a question about who is responsible for payment of a title search that was requested by the realtor - not me. I know that buyers pay for title searches in a sale but we never got to a sale.What happened was I expressed interest in a property a realtor was offering as a "fixer-upper." A week or so after looking at the property and discussing price the realtor told me it had liens on it. I lost interest.2 1/2 yrs. later I received a bill for $350 from the attorney's office that performed the title search. The letter states the realtor contacted them concerning a possible sale and they provided the realtor with the results of their title search.I never agreed at that time to pay for a title search. I feel it was the realtor's responsibility to know the property had liens on it before trying to sell it, not mine to pay for it.Thank you. I appreciate your advice in this matter.

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