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  1. What does the seller's condition report cover and where does a homeowner's responsibility to disclose end?

    ​Reader Question: What must a home seller disclose and what are we not obliged to disclose? We are preparing to sell our home and want to know. ​What does the seller’s condition report cover and where does a homeowner’s responsibility to disclose end? ​Monty’s Answer: ​Most every state has laws and requirements for a home seller […]

    June 19, 2017
  2. Our agent is pricing our home using mass produced comps for our custom built home. How is it possible to compare them to our home?

    Reader Question: Our agent’s home pricing is confusing. The area we live developed with colonial style homes that all look the same. Our home is a craftsman style home that is custom-built. We built our home with branded concrete siding, expensive composite decking, and custom maple cabinets with built-ins throughout the home. We have heated […]

    June 6, 2017
  3. We contracted to buy a home and discovered major undisclosed issues. We backed out, and now the seller will not release our deposit. What should we do?

    Reader Question: We signed a contract on a home. In reviewing disclosures, everything seemed ok. We found out a week later that the city water and sewer was confirmed to run under the house and through the middle of the back yard and also services three properties to the south. We also learned the water […]

    May 29, 2017
  4. Our under contract buyer keeps asking to see the house. This is a big inconvenience for us. Is this normal behavior?

    Reader Question: ​We are experiencing home seller anxiety. We have a contract on our home pending only an appraisal. Our closing date is two weeks away. The buyer asked for an inspection of the property. We also granted his request for an engineering inspection. Both of these inspections were satisfactory. He has had an hour-long, […]

    April 24, 2017
  5. Our inspectors are being asked why our inspections are vague. It seems to be coming up frequently. How do we answer that question?

    Reader Question: We have a vague home inspection issue. I own a home inspection company of 21 years and my inspectors are ASHI Certified. During an office presentation, this issue was brought up: “Why are more inspectors’ comments more vague in how to diagnose the issues found. Instead, clients have to consult with additional professionals to […]

    April 23, 2017
  6. What are the main questions you get about home inspectors?

    Reader Question: Here is a home inspector’s question. Customers tell me I am a good inspector. I always want to improve my methods when I can. Your answer to this question may help focus my efforts. What are the main questions you get from consumers about home inspectors? Monty’s Answer: Incorporating the continuous improvement philosophy into […]

    April 18, 2017
  7. We will be selling our home this spring. We want to find the perfect real estate agent. Is this an unrealistic expectation?

    Reader Question: My husband and I will be selling our third home soon. We want to find the perfect real estate agent. In all of our past buying and selling transactions, we have experienced some degree of angst somewhere in the process. After three purchases and two sales, we want everything to go smoothly from […]

    March 27, 2017