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Asbestos? Check "I don't know" to avoid liability.....

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I was questioning my real estate agent because it was one of the many pieces of paperwork I had to sign or cosign with the previous owner in my mortgage package. This may be specific to a VA loan or specific to the area I am in which is why I mentioned it at the time.Thanks for the replies!

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Asbestos? Check "I don't know" to avoid liability.....

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So its perfectly legal to leave a possible hazard and not tell anyone? I thought you were supposed to report the risk and leave it up to home owner to make the decision?Also I appreciate the quick replies and I do see how it will be hard to prove. I am researching now for some inspectors to have the tile tested. Where do I search first? 

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Asbestos? Check "I don't know" to avoid liability.....

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The 1-2 layers of linoleum were stacked on each other but you can tell it wasn't the first time but the majority of that hallway the tile that was exposed was dark blue, the apparent asbestos tile. My friend is an electrician and he knew it was asbestos. This is where I am wondering if there is a case. How is it my friend can tell but people who are supposed to know can't or are saying they don't know, but I guess its about time and money and cutting corners. 

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Asbestos? Check "I don't know" to avoid liability.....

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The house flippers put the carpet in. They said they put it in, the whole house has been renovated from top to bottom, and you can tell. Its the white standard, builders grade I think they call it, thin carpet but I see what you are saying. I just thought that a company that does this for a living would know what asbestos tiles look like, like they would know what carpenter ants are, mold, water damage, etc, etc, etc. Maybe I'm watching too many house flipping shows.

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Asbestos? Check "I don't know" to avoid liability.....

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.....................................The rest of my post.......................................So I have been looking up ways to cover up the tile for now without spending $$$. Apparently you can do what previous owners & the house flippers had done; linoleum or carpet. That's when it dawned on me. They had to have known the asbestos tiles was there because if they didn't they would have continued the wooden flooring from the upper level or continued the ceramic tiles from the utility room into the hallway. Now it made sense why there was carpet in that hallway. Everything was standard, uniform & the same, except that hallway. It's like watching a blind person look both ways before crossing. If they didn't know, why did they take the safe & cautious route of laying down carpet in a hallway especially when they didn't do it in the other hallway & would have saved money overall in the flipping process? See where I'm getting at?I do plan on having a professional verify its asbestos tiles & will go from there but I wanted to know if there is a case here? I got my house April last year under a VA loan if that helps.

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Asbestos? Check "I don't know" to avoid liability.....

Could use some advice from anyone in Maryland in the Prince Georges County area before I start making some phone calls. I remember the sellers who sold my home (company that flips houses) checked I don't know on whether they knew if the house had asbestos tiles, walls & anything else since the house was built in 1951 in the mortgage paperwork. My real estate agent says they check that to avoid liability but the house should be fine because most homes in my area have been renovated many times & had the asbestos removed by the time people like me move in.To give an overview of the house, it's a split level, all rooms have carpet & the hallways, living & dining room & kitchen have wooden floors. The basement/utility room & bathrooms have tiles. Now the small hallway at the foot of the stairs of the basement is carpeted which is weird. It would have made sense to either continue the wooden floors from or had the ceramic tiling in, but carpet?! So at the time I left it to odd & unusual.Fast forward a few months. I have cats, & 1 of them was sick & was using the bathroom outside the litter box & on the carpet in that small hallway repeatedly. Try as I may I was unable to save the carpet & had to rip it out. Low & behold I see, barely hidden under 1-2 layers of ripped & torn 1970s linoleum tiles, dark blue with white streaks tiles. I had a friend of mine confirm that it was asbestos tile.Continued in comments due to post lengths....

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Would having a cemetary within a 1/2 mile devalue a house? Less desirable?

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as a buyer i wouldnt mind it. i was trying to get one house where the cemetary was behind the house but you couldnt tell. it look like a plain forest. i would say 90% of the time i have no problems living by the cemetary. my only gripe would be the traffic during those special days. i would get info to find out if burials may occur near your property line or if theres some sort of encroachment for burials like "cant bury body within 20ft of resdential property lines". and then id find out if the area floods a lot, you know, just in case......

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what happens if the appraisal is higher than my offer?

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yes i do think you aare making a mistake by offering higher than what is asked for. just remember everything is negotiable.oh i forgot to add. since your offer is higher than the asking price, the sellers should pay all closing costs. if they complain, remind them that your offer is way above asking price.

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Why consider a sunroom?

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cant you make a sunroom with normal building materials like the ones used for building the house?i love sunrooms and seeing a house have one does update its cool factor but if it isnt a well insulate sunroom then its just a waste of space, especially in extremem weather places like the desert or east coast!

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