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I need some real estate advice. we had purchased our home on

good morning. i need some real estate advice.we had purchased our home on may 24th. we had not been able to move in at that time due to our daughter still being in school and we had moved out of the district. that being said we were not in the home until the 25 of June.Our home inspection was May 8th. that being said there were items that needed attention. one being repointing the brick outside our front porch and redoing our back porch. we were told the brick was no big deal. there were a few other items as well which the owner had taken care of.once officially in the home we hired a mason who was to give us an estimate. upon doing so noticed that the cracks were not one of just a simple fix. he went to the basement to observe and found structural damage to a load bearing wall. it was visibly seen and he is not an engineer. we immediately hired a structural engineer that had reported substantial damage to the load bearing wall and the structure of the front of the home. the structural engineer had told us given the damage the transfer of the deed should have not gone through. this was not noted in the original inspection and as mentioned clearly visible to two other professions, one being the mason. we called the company who employs this inspector and were told they would send him and a field manager out together to observe the damage and to get a copy of our report from the engineer. within two days there was a response telling us that they would refund us the money paid for the inspection but that would be all given he is an engineer. wow. also, there was mention of the basement at one time gathering when it would rain "real hard', and the inspector found it be corrected and wouldn't any further issues. well, in the four times it has rained we have gotten rain in our oil room which is directly. we noticed that that room and the small mud room attached are directly under where this structural damage is which is causing it to become wet and soften the issue with the load bearing wall. the rain just puddles in the one spot as a result we have puddles below. this is long i truly apologize. Also we have wood flooring through our the home. during each time the house was seen there was an area rug and a bed over the one room. during our final walk through we were told the rugs had stayed since the previous owner didn't need them which we thought was nice gesture. however my daughter wanted to remove it from her room, we felt a slope in the one particular room i described above and there is a hole in between two of the slats of wood. you can see straight through to the concrete. all three of these items were never disclosed and do we have any recourse?

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I am representing a seller. Buyer's loan got denied due to

For attyadvisor. I am representing a seller. Buyer's loan got denied due to too high DTI ratio (many investment properties). Buyer is proposing owner financing. Please see attachment and let me know your thoughts and how you would advise sellers.https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28841209/Document1.pdf

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We live in Alexandria VA/Fairfax county. We purchased our

Hello,We live in Alexandria VA/Fairfax county. We purchased our townhome 20 years ago, we are the 3rd owner of the home. We recently put our house on market, and it is under contract. While it was on sale, we found out that our 3rd bedroom in the basement is not a legal bedroom, since it does not have an egress window. The basement is a walkout basement. We found a vendor who is highly recommended, license and bonded and specialize in installing egress window. We placed an order for the window installation, and obtained the permit from the county. In the meantime, we requested HOA to approve our installation of egress window. Yesterday we found out that they have denied the request. One of our neighbor is on the HOA, and he told me about it. However, HOA has not officially denial of request letter yet. I called the Fairfax county building code dept and spoke with the county code expert, he said to install the window because county approved it. Our question is if we proceed can HOA take any legal actions against us? Our closing date is set for Aug 10th. We don't want to leave a mess behind for the new owner, and our agent is telling us not to disclose this information to the buyers. Please advise if possible. Thank you!

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I own a condo in California. About 10 years ago, I remodeled

I own a condo in California. About 10 years ago, I remodeled the kitchen and added an arch between the kitchen and living room. Everything was structurally sound and up to code. There have been no problems since the remodeling date.My concern is that if there's ever an earthquake, the insurance HOA insurance company could say that those changes were not approved and that they won't cover the cost of the earthquake repairs.How could I prevent that from happening?Should I send pictures to the HOA board?Should I ask them to approve the upgrades?Should I send a town building inspector's note to the board?Should I have the house inspected by a professional real estate inspector and send that report to the board?Just some suggestions, but I would like to what would reduce the need for a lawyer in the future.

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I live in County Texas and own 1460.33 acres of land in and

I live in Ward County Texas and own 1460.33 acres of land in Ward and Winkler Co Tx. My neighbor has recently placed a water pipeline across my property without my being informed or compensated. There is no eavesment contract between us. He refuses to move the line so what are my options for dealing with this problem?

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My father owned a farm but has since passed away. On the

HiJA: Hi. How can we be of help?Customer: My father owned a farm but has since passed away. On the farm he built a duplex. There was a building there before it but I am not sure what it was for sure. Anyways the final duplex was finished in 1997 but my father did not get a permit for a duplex since it was in the country. I am now concerned that it is rented out and I do not think it is legal as zoning is not correct.JA: OK. The Real Estate Lawyer will need to help you with this.Customer: Are they available?JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: I did but mainly about insurance on the property not the legal issue. He seemed to think the zoning issue was not a big deal but I have since read that if something should happen ( fire etc and some one was injured ) that since not zoned then I could face criminal charges but not sure if this is trueJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: Just how I should handle this but that is the info.

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I just received a "notice of judgement" I want to think I

I just received a "notice of judgement"I want to think I won but I can't read this dam thing??

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This would relate to Texas Property Law. I am looking at

Hi - This would relate to Texas Property Law. I am looking at purchasing a home and a neighbor to that home has alerted me (via a third-party) that she has an ongoing "issue" with the current owner around some rainwater drainage he installed on his property. Her claim is that his drainage system has caused water to enter her home on at least one occasion and is also causing long-term damage to her slab foundation. At this stage, I can't validate her claim. To my knowledge, there is no pending litigation and the current homeowner has not disclosed any issue to me as yet.My question is really whether any liability he may have for her damages up to the date of my closing would transfer to me. I understand if there is a real issue I may need to solve it and can negotiate that into the deal, but who is liable for her claims if she makes them at some point.

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I own my condominium in Santa Ana, CA in Village Walk

Good morning, my name is ***** ***** and I own my condominium in Santa Ana, CA in Village Walk Townhomes. Our townhomes are attached so I have common walls on both sides. I am currently in the process of updating windows and the window company was performing a final measuring for three windows that are located twelve feet high. The gentleman climbed the ladder where the three windows are going to be replaced, and when he came down from the ladder measuring advised that there were termite feces on the window ledge. I immediately have notified my HOA management company regarding termites as our HOA has taken care of termites in the past. I am assuming with termite droppings on the window sill, this leads me to believe that there are termites in the structure. I emailed the request to the management company (Action Property Management) requesting an inspector to come out to inspect and spray and see what other damage could be caused. The response I received citied the CC&Rs and that they will only cover common areas. In the past I have been board meetings where the board of directors has approved to fix termite damage and have the termite inspection company come out. The board of directors has not tented our buildings in over 10 years, they are deferring maintenance on the outside of our properties, which I feel is causing this. I have seen no wood repair completed for over 3 years other than upstairs decking on any unit and for some of us it has been longer than 5 to 6 years since they have worked on our properties. I pay $368.40 each month for my HOAs, I am current and want to know what, if anything I can do. I don't feel I should have to pay for an inspector to come out and spray for termites. If I owned a normal home without attached walls then I can understand me spraying and ensuring I am maintaining for termites. How can I maintain my unit for termites when I have 6 other units attached and they are a pest and would just go to the other units? Again if I was in a normal single family dwelling, I would have an extra $368.40 to put away each month for these types of emergencies or items and feel like I have no other recourse. I am not made of money and on a limited income and feel my HOA is trying whatever they can do to get out of maintaining our properties. You can see the type of units we have on www.villagewalk.org or through Google Earth which provides a nice picture of the community. I really appreciate your guidance.

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