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Is it fair that a buyer should expect a seller to replace a roof just because it is older than 15 y

Is it fair that a buyer should expect a seller to replace a roof just because it is older than 15 years and still in ok shape. It doesnt leak. It works fine.
Insurance in Florida does make it hard to insure a home with a roof that is older than 15 years, but it is not impossible.
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If there aren't any leaks I would think not.  The big question should be - how many layers of roof are on the house.
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What is the predicted lifespan of the particular roof (using a qualified roofing inspector)?

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The main factor is the condition of the roof and only a qualified professional can determine this. What are the conditions of the contract ? I think the sales price is a key factor in the determination of any price adjustment or replacement.

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If anything affects the ability to get reasonable insurance rates it is reasonable to have the seller fix it. If the roof only has a short lifespan left it is reasonable to either have the seller replace it or reduce the price by the amount of replacement with some extra added for unexpected issues.
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fair? are you kidding me? who cares if its fair, a buyer can ask.  A seller can either:
1. agree to replace it
2. tell the buyer to buy it without replacement, and see if they continue to purchase, possibly lose the deal. 
3. negotiate. [We'll pay half... or whatever]

leave the value words like fair at the door, this is a business for grownups. 
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This is why an inspection should be done for all homes!!  IF the inspection comes back that the roof needs replaced then I say go ahead and negotiate it.  The age of the roof depends on what and how it was put on the house.  If it is the 2nd or 3rd layer you may have a problem and may need to replace it!

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This is why an inspection should be done for all homes!! IF the inspection comes back that the roof needs replaced then I say go ahead and negotiate it. The age of the roof depends on what and how it was put on the house. If it is the 2nd or 3rd layer you may have a problem and may need to replace it!

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"Fair" has nothing to do with it. The question the seller should be asking is "is it reasonable?

The buyer can ask for anything. The seller has to decide if any of the requests are reasonable. Is the roof going to be an issue for any potential buyer? Has it been an issue for other potential buyers?

If the seller thinks it's an unreasonable request, or that the house will sell without replacing the roof - then he/she should turn down the buyer's request. If the seller thinks this is the best chance to sell and the roof is negotiable - then negotiate.
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