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Intentionally Trying To Hide Problems On A Flip - Chapter 3

This will be the last in a series of unfortunate posts regarding a real estate "investor" who is intentionally trying to hide problems on a flip - chapter 3.

In the last post it had been revealed by neighbors that there was a substantial foundation crack, improperly repaired, and water was found inside the house after a very minor rain storm. 

That, and roof problems had apparently been letting moisture into the house for approximately 9 months while the house sat vacant between owners.

The new owner put on a new roof, on top of the old.  They tried to use the old flashing with new tar, which still leaked around the chimney, but could legitimately say that there was a "new" roof.

However, the neighbors reported that the house was so full of mold from top to bottom that agents would not enter the house when they brought clients to see it.  This is a serious problem!

THE NEIGHBORS ALSO SAID THAT NO MOLD ABATEMENT COMPANY EVER CAME TO THE HOUSE.  THEY SAID THE MOLD WAS ERADICATED BY A PAINTING COMPANY.

I know what that means.

That means the mold was not eradicated.  It was primed and painted over.

And everything else was wiped down.

Very curious, I wanted to go in. 

Impressively there was no evidence of such mold or any residual odor.

There was mold in the roof sheathing, and on the underside of some subflooring in the wet basement room in the previous post.

But that does not represent top to bottom mold as described by the neighbors.

So how can we tell the house had experienced long-term and substantial moisture?

By looking at the door hinges!

All of the door hinges looked like this.

THAT HINGE REPRESENTS SUBSTANTIAL MOISTURE IN THE AIR.  SO MUCH LONG-TERM MOISTURE WILL CERTAINLY CONTRIBUTE TO MOLD AMPLIFICATION.

Proving it with photos is irrelevant since we have so much local evidence of the problem.

On the good side the house got a new kitchen!

But with the new kitchen windows the kitchen had to be completely reconfigured.  The appliances did not fit the way they used to.

So it all had to be quite jammed together.

If it looks like the kitchen cabinet doors or dishwasher door cannot open because the range is too close you would be correct!

They don't!!

Well, I take that back.  They do, if you pull out the range.

I had a hard time fitting in there to wash my hands at the kitchen sink.

But I felt much better later.

My client demonstrated that a 5' tall, 100 pound young lady can fit in there! 

It's snug, but she fits!

And we were able to find out that if you don't put anything large in there, those cabinet doors and dishwasher door that can't open all the way aren't a problem at all!

The dishwasher has an "Upper Rack" feature, so the fact that the lower rack can't move in and out isn't that big of an issue!  Rocking and clapping, you should start singing "Oh, Happy Day!"

Happily the kitchen is a feature!  Can we get a BIG AMEN?

Maybe not quite the feature most anticipate when they see "New Kitchen!" on the listing information, but YOU HAVE TO ADMIT, IT'S QUITE THE FEATURE!

My recommendation:  unfortunately there are dishonest people out there who do not discriminate when it comes to who they fake out.  In my opinion, THESE are the people who should "give back."  I hear it said all the time that those who are successful, for good reasons, should "give back."  They already have by adding to the economy.  But these dishonest jerks who steal and scam and rob and harm should be made to give back, and give back and give back until it hurts.  And then they should be run out of business. 

I propose a big, red F be stamped on their foreheads.  A scarlet letter!

What does the F stand for?

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 22 commentsJay Markanich • March 17 2013 04:45AM

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Good morning,  Jay. And that's why they call them "Flippers, Flippers" -- you should know the rest of the verse by now...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago

I do Michael!  I watched the show regularly.  In black and white, of course.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good morning Jay,

It's hard to believe there are those that really think they are going to get away with this!! This is disgusting!! Yet some poor customer will buy this home.....probably at the right price and in my opinion there is no right price for this house!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 6 years ago

That is my opinion too Dorie.  I wish there was a mechanism for getting these jerks out of the market.  But scammers have existed since day one.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Investor is the wrong term... Swindler is more appropriate! The "F" stands for Fraud!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 6 years ago

Got distracted by the BLUE appliances...is that the new avocado green ?  Flipper should know by now...he can't hide from you !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 6 years ago

I agree Fred.  Hence the quotes.  The F can stand for many things!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

That's the plastic wrap still in place S&D.  They are stainless steel.  This was a very distrubing inspection, all told.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I hope that small home buyer doesn't try to work at the sink with anything cooking on the right hand side of what looks like a glass top range.

Can anyone say "scalded"?

A small kitchen area like that shouldn't have replacement parts.  It should be gutted and redesigned from scratch. 

I've seen perfectly functioning kitchens (Pullman type) in extended stay hotels that take one wall and work.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 6 years ago

It's made thin by the addition of the new windows Lenn.  They lost a wall!  At this point it's a ridiculous kitchen space.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

That kitchen is amazing. This house probably should be plowed over. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jim - the furnace was inaccessible too, for work or to replace the filter, if there was one...

I didn't even bother to check.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Hi Jay,

I can't even imagine flipping a home and not replacing the rusted hinges and not even addressing the mold and moisture issues.

There has to be some kind of oversight when flipping homes. This could have been a deadly situation for the wrong family with respiratory issues.

Have a great St Patrick's day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 6 years ago

So....I guess that those buyers are not purchasing that home?  Shameful that someone would try to cover that up.  Happy St Patrick's Day!

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) over 6 years ago

Clint - they tried to hide the moisture evidence, but didn't think far enough.  Who is going to provide this oversight?  Anyone can do anything to their own homes at any time.  I am the oversight in so many instances.  So are you!

No way Kathryn.  My client and I sat on a rock together before the inspection, that didn't happen, and we talked.  We went inside only for a few minutes and so I could document stuff.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay  One of my investors put a foreclosure under contract last year.  Our inspector 'red flagged' the property and suggested I get his earnest money back.  The home that looked like it just needed minor work by my eye needed to be bulldozed!  The new owner is still working on it.  My investor thinks my inspector walks on water and of course that makes me look good too!

Posted by John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO (John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC) over 6 years ago

Thanks John.  A trained eye is worth gold, especially when one considers the future stress and expense that might be avoided.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Be hard to hold'em down to brand them with that scarlet F, but I like the concept. Maybe we could just 'tag' the house.

Guess we do that in our reports anyway

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 6 years ago

Jay, That is so you do not have to make many steps to boil water and wash the veggies. It's ergo friendly ;)

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

We do, Robert, but only for our clients!  Too bad we can't brand people and their works!

I guess Don.  But you have to be 100 pounds to fit!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Morning Jay there were many things I would like to say but after reading over some of the comments it has all been said.  With that I'll just say have a great day

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 6 years ago

I hope I am never done with things to write about and people are not done with things to say James!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

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