How to Avoid Buying a Home with Building Violations?

I wonder how many of you ask for a building violations history report before signing a purchase offer? Ask  [hotlink deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines] and you can avoid buying a lemon!
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If you read most articles about buildings in New York City, you never hear about a violation the building may have. I use [ promotion deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines ] reports to analyze real estate before I buy. 
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October 13 2013
Maybe such reports are required in your state, not in mine. This is why title companies and/or attorneys are involved in transactions. Of course, you can look up in the city's building and zoning department  where property is located and (if their policy allows) get this information. If I come across property with code violations, listings brokers usually know and they reveal this info. Does it happen a lot-in my case twice and in both cases, listing brokers informed all potential buyers.
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