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As-is or...????

First time home buyer here...

I've found a house to purchase but the seller states home is being sold as is. I would like to propose he gives me more of a piece of mind when buying his home. What are my options?

Perhaps a better question would be... What is the typical home guarantee that is offered when buying a home?
  • February 16 2014 - Two Rivers
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Once you close on a house you own it, "as is".  You can purchase a home warranty or ask the seller to purchase one.  This costs about $500 or a little less.  This is still a limited warranty, read the fine print.

It is your responsibility to hire an inspector to look over the house for you.  If you find flaws you can ask the seller to fix them before closing as long as you provide for this possibility in your purchase contract.

If you discover a major flaw with the house after you purchase it and you have good reason to believe the seller knew it but neglected to tell you then you can sure for misrepresentation.  

Otherwise, you purchase the house as is.
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There is no guarantee, the seller is likely to disappear the day after the sale closes.

The alternative to "as-is" is that the seller will negotiate making repairs.

You should consult with a local expert to learn what is normal practice in your area.

All the best,

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"what is the typical home guarantee".  There is none.   It is the buyer's responsibility to hire inspector(s) up front.     This will identify big and little issues, and then you can make a decision on whether or not you are willing to accept these moving forward.   

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