Zillow Advice: Home Buying - Buy a short sale condo in SOCAL, there's been upgrades, but don't think they're permited. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-short-sale-condo-in-SOCAL-there%27s-been-upgrades-but-don%27t-think-they%27re-permited/408110/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Yes, many buyers proceed ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-short-sale-condo-in-SOCAL-there%27s-been-upgrades-but-don%27t-think-they%27re-permited/408110/ Yes, many buyers proceed with their purchase without permits. However, as many of the other contributors mentioned, it could hurt you when you decide to sell. The Seller should disclose if the work was done without permits but going to the city to look it up is quite easy. Give them the address and they will help you. Good luck on your journey! Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-short-sale-condo-in-SOCAL-there%27s-been-upgrades-but-don%27t-think-they%27re-permited/408110/ 2011-09-08T14:32:00Z This may affect financing.&nbsp;Happy ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-short-sale-condo-in-SOCAL-there%27s-been-upgrades-but-don%27t-think-they%27re-permited/408110/ This may affect financing.&nbsp;<br/><br/>Happy funding, Rudi Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-short-sale-condo-in-SOCAL-there%27s-been-upgrades-but-don%27t-think-they%27re-permited/408110/ 2011-07-20T16:13:00Z Before you purchase, you ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-short-sale-condo-in-SOCAL-there%27s-been-upgrades-but-don%27t-think-they%27re-permited/408110/ Before you purchase, you can go down to the city and pull permits.&nbsp; If the current homeowner did not apply for permits before they did the work you have the right to bring in an inspector to make sure the work was done correctly - if not, you can ask for homeowner to repair/bring to code. If he/she decides not to, you have the right to cancel the purchase.&nbsp; Unfortunately, a lot of homes are upgraded without permits.&nbsp; It is you, the buyer, who must decide if you are willing to purchase without permits.&nbsp; I would say most buyers would overlook the permit issue if the work/upgrades were done professionally and up to code. However, this could become an issue again when you try to sell. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 04:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-short-sale-condo-in-SOCAL-there%27s-been-upgrades-but-don%27t-think-they%27re-permited/408110/ 2011-07-20T04:45:00Z When you go to sell, you ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-short-sale-condo-in-SOCAL-there%27s-been-upgrades-but-don%27t-think-they%27re-permited/408110/ When you go to sell, you may be asked for the permits. <br/><br/>Therefore, get this clarified in the process of purchase.&nbsp;&nbsp; If work done without permits was too extensive and the owners don't respond, then don't hesitate to bail.&nbsp; (there is a reason for codes!) Wed, 20 Jul 2011 04:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buy-a-short-sale-condo-in-SOCAL-there%27s-been-upgrades-but-don%27t-think-they%27re-permited/408110/ 2011-07-20T04:19:00Z