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I was told a final walkthrough when buying a house in Oregon is not common. Is this true?

I am buying a home in Oregon (recently moved here) and asked about the final walkthrough.  My realtor stated this is not common in Oregon.  I've never heard of not doing a final walkthrough prior to close.  Is this true in the state of Oregon?
  • March 20 2010 - Beaverton
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It is not common (except with new construction homes) but you can still do it! I'd recommend writing it in the offer.
  • November 22 2011
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I agree.  Allthough it might not be common, it's always a good idea to do the final walk through to make sure the property is the same before closing.  Especially if you had repairs done to the property.
  • April 25 2011
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News to me that it's not common. What's to keep the seller from taking stuff out the days of signing, or the time between seller's occupancy and buyer's? What if they spill red wine on the whote carpet before the buyer takes ownership?

It has nothing to do with home inspection and repairs, which are negotiated (usually) within 14 days of mutual acceptance of the sales agreement and then validated later.

I guess too many people don't read the sales agreement, which states that the house must be substantially in the same condition as it was when the new owner takes possession. If it's not, the new owner has a legally actionable circumstance.
  • March 20 2010
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Yes it is not common to do a final walk through out here.  Having said that my buyers, or myself walk through the property before signing.  Our Oregon contracts require that the property be in "substantially the same condition" at the time of offer as closing.  You'll want to verify that this is the case.

Some local agents will freak out that you want to do a final walk through, but this is your purchase and it is in your best interest to do one.
  • March 20 2010
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I have bought several times in OR and have always asked for a final walkthrough to make sure the property is the same as it was on the day of the inspection. If the house is not the same, you can stop the close or you can close and follow the contract's terms for filing a claim/arbitration/mediation etc against the owner for a material change to the property during escrow. You are the buyer so tell your agent that a walkthrough is important to you and they should accommodate your request without any issues. Customs do vary, but in every state including Oregon you are the buyer and your reasonable requests should be honored by your agent. Stand your ground if you feel it is important.
  • March 20 2010
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Perhaps it is not common, but it is not impossible.

My humble opinion is that it is an important part of the process to ensure you are getting the home in the condition you saw it originally, the toilets are still there, there aren't holes in the walls etc.
  • March 20 2010
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It's done for new construction.  But in Oregon, the common procedure is to have a professional inspection, but not a final walk through.

If you don't like the results of the inspection, you can negotiate repairs or cancel the deal.

One problem with the final walk through is what happens if you don't like what you see?  The Sales and Purchase Agreement needs to spell out any changes.
  • March 20 2010
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