I purchased my third home January through Cano Realty. Although the agent was nice, I felt as if she didn’t know much about older homes and the issues that they might have.
Every time I would ask her a question, it was as if her mind would go blank and she would just stare at her cell phone.
She really didn’t know a lot about the house we were interested in.
Since the house did need work, we wanted to give a lower offer but she didn’t think that that was a good idea.
Also, make sure that if you are buying an older home that you go with YOUR OWN inspector.
We trusted her and went with an inspector that she ‘knew for years’ and got screwed.
According to our plumber, we now have to replace our entire drainage system because some older homes come with a standard 11/2 inch pipe from the laundry system instead of the modern 2 inch pipe.
Because of this, our WASHER FLOODS THE LAUNDRY ROOM WITH EVERY WASH and cannot wash our dishes in the sink at the same time because the laundry backs up into the sink every time we are running a load.
This was also an issue with the house that owner was selling next door…the owner was forced to correct it with that house, but not ours.
This will cost us around $6,000 to correct. We feel that if the owner’s agent had disclosed the issue with the house next door (same owner, built same year, same original design, selling at the same time as ours) AND if we had a competent inspector as the house next door did, we wouldn’t be having to shell out $6,000 to fix what should have been fixed in the first place.
WE FOUND OUT LATER THAT THE OWNER KNEW ABOUT THIS PRIOR TO SELLING.
After disclosing this to our agent, I asked her what we could do about it short of litigation and was ignored.
Protect yourself, hire your own inspector and research common issues with older homes before you buy.
Do not trust your realtor, they are in it for profit and a quick sell.
This was the first time I’d ever used the realtors inspector and unfortunately this is what happened.
No matter how much you want the house and want it to pass inspection, do the right thing and hire someone that is on YOUR side and not the side of the realtor.