As I pulled into the driveway I could see from the street that the roof was really bad and was told later that the bank, and Realtor, didn't know the roof was in poor condition.
Really? This house is a bank REO. The buyer's agent met me at the house, along with the buyers. The buyers had no idea the house was in such rough shape. And the roof is not the only thing visibly wrong from the outside.
My clients flew half way across the country to be shown what is pictured on the photo on the left below as they got out of their car. I watched their eyes change demeanor just after the pleasant howdie dos. They said they had no idea the roof was in bad shape. The realtor claimed ignorance as well.
Entering the house a short while later it was obvious just how bad this roof really is.
Even standing on the deck we could see what is evident by just looking up.
SOMEBODY knew the roof was bad!
That tarp has been there a while.
So has the "repair" to the siding and flashing in the other photo.
My clients were very disappointed.
I was disgusted. I got the idea the house condition was known - certainly by the bank but also by the agent.
To bring them here in hopes that they would just roll over, buy the house and inherit what was obviously a big mess was unprofessional at best. All over the house. Maybe a few photos sent to the buyers prior to their coming would have informed them better as to the house's condition and saved them a trip out!
My recommendation: a quick walk around a house can often times reveal what is not pictured in the staged photos that try to sell a house. And letting far-away clients know in advance what they will be running in to is basic, professional and polite.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560