Zillow Advice: Buying Process - EIFS / Synthetic Stucco http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/EIFS-Synthetic-Stucco/507694/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate EIFS houses may cost more ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/EIFS-Synthetic-Stucco/507694/ EIFS houses <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.alevinegroup.com/2014/04/eifs-siding-insurance-farmingdale-nj/">may cost more to insure</a>&nbsp;even if they do not have proven moisture problems.&nbsp;The idea of EIFS for many was better than the reality of it. It is energy efficient, but saying that is like saying that asbestos is a good insulator. It still may not be the best choice especially if things don't go as planned. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/EIFS-Synthetic-Stucco/507694/ 2014-10-21T20:31:00Z No, It should not be necessary ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/EIFS-Synthetic-Stucco/507694/ No, It should not be necessary to replace it if&nbsp;the moisture levels are low.&nbsp;&nbsp; Years ago, everyone thought they had to replace it regardless.&nbsp; Over time, the public, home inspectors, insurance companies and realtors have all been educated on the EIFS topic.&nbsp; I have sold dozens of these homes.&nbsp; If it was installed correctly, it should not need to be replaced. I also have never had a home that could not get insurance because of EIFS. Hint: EIFS stucco is a great insulator, especially in the cold weather.&nbsp; Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/EIFS-Synthetic-Stucco/507694/ 2014-10-21T20:21:00Z "Should this be replaced ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/EIFS-Synthetic-Stucco/507694/ "Should this be replaced regardless of what the moisture penetration test shows. &nbsp;Is it difficult to get home owner's insurance on homes with EIFS."<br/><br/>This is from the web:<br/><br/><strong>What is the design flaw with EIFS?</strong><br/><br/>The EIFS system was not designed with the ability to drain water that penetrates into the system. The water that enters into the system becomes trapped and sets up a cycle, which ultimately leads to rotting of the material behind the EIFS system (in some cases this includes rotting of the building's framing system). This all can lead to major structural damage to a building. Additionally, the moisture trapped behind the EIFS sets up a perfect environment for pests such as termites and carpenter ants.<br/><br/>What has your Realtor told you?<br/><br/>Regards,<br/><br/><br/> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 06:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/EIFS-Synthetic-Stucco/507694/ 2013-08-20T06:38:00Z In the Atlanta market we ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/EIFS-Synthetic-Stucco/507694/ In the Atlanta market we have many houses that sell with EIFS siding. As an appraiser, it is something that must be considered in the valuation process. Make sure your agent&nbsp;is providing you with proper information this has on the market value of the property. This is best done by finding similar recent sales that have EIFS siding and comparing them to similar houses that have other types of siding and see how it affects the sale prices. Also look at the difference in necessary marketing time, many times it will take longer to sell an EIFS house. As long as you understand all this and make an&nbsp;educated decision&nbsp;based on fact&nbsp;you should be ok. If all the other EIFS houses in the market area have been resided, then you may need to price in the cost to reside it in your purchase price and ask for a discount. Last make sure to get an inspection to insure it was properly installed and has been properly sealed. When EIFS is properly sealed it does not typically have problems. You may also want to have this inspected every few years of ownership. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 02:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/EIFS-Synthetic-Stucco/507694/ 2013-08-20T02:15:00Z