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I bought a house listed as a 4 bedroom home but only has 2 bedrooms.

I bought a house that was listed as a 4 bedroom home only to discover that 2 of the bedrooms do not have a second egress in case of a fire. How could this have been listed and sold as a 4 bedroom home? Why didn't either real estate agent or the inspector mention this to me?
  • December 21 2013 - Mission Viejo
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What does the county Auditors sight say. Did you not look at the house before you bought it? Don't know if you seen it before then a friend came over after and said hey they can't call this a 4 bedroom home, Go to the Auditors sight then call the agent that you bought the house from.
  • December 23 2013
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This is interesting question, but we would need quite a bit of information to give a good answer. If the house was listed on the MLS as a 4 bedroom house,then the problem is with the listing. However, prior to purchase of this property, you as the buyer should have inspected the home and satisfied yourself as to the bedrooms/bathrooms square footage and all other feature of the home. In the California Purchase Agreement and the various other Disclosure documents you signed, the buyer is  also advised to do this. One of the documents is pages of advice about this.
At this point you probably have no other option then to hire a good Attorney to look into the situation.
  • December 23 2013
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Was this an investment property that you purchased sight unseen?
  • December 23 2013
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Didn't you see it for yourself when you toured the home??

When, and how, did you first discover this?

Did you walk in after the closing and think to yourself............Oh no, what happened to the 2 bedrooms?

Did the appraiser not count the 2 rooms as bedrooms? But, if so, that would have been in the appraisal before the closing, so you would have been made aware of it ahead of time..

or.....Did a friend come over and casually ask about the "windowless bedrooms"?

Just curious why it became an issue after the fact?

So .....................what would you like to see happen now?


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Daryl - to the best of my knowledge,  bedrooms, pretty much all over,  need an egress, beside the door - a 2nd way to get out in case of a fire, and if it's a window, it has to be big enough for an adult to fit through (not one of those small, typical windows found in basements, up high, near the ceiling)
Check with your local fire department for clarification.
  • December 22 2013
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Please clarify your question.  Definition of a bedroom in Real Estate is a room with a closet.  It usually has 1 door.
  • December 22 2013
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" How could this have been listed and sold as a 4 bedroom home?"
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Did you look at the house before you bough it? I'm pretty sure I'd notice if a bedroom didn't have a window. 
  • December 22 2013
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When was the house built?
  • December 21 2013
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Thanks Bob I know that I was asking the poster to explain as not many homes in Mission Viego DONT have a window, at least in my experience .... I was asking for clarification on that issue....

ALSO curious what the county records show.... and/or the appraisal.... that type of clarification.......
  • December 21 2013
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Vince, in order for the fire department to recognize a room as a bedroom, it has to have a potential exit, besides the entry door. This would usually be a window. If there's a window AND a door, it qualifies as a legitimate bedroom.
  • December 21 2013
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.....that 2 of the bedrooms do not have a second egress in case of a fire.

Explain....
  • December 21 2013
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