Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Remax First Realty II)

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
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What exactly are they buyers nervous about?

Buying a home in general ... or buying a home that had a fire 20 years ago? 

Here are some encouraging words.  36 years ago I got pregnant. It was a one-time event. My son is 37 today.  Nothing bad happened from that one-time event. It is highly unlikely that will happen again - either another fire in that home, or me getting pregnant. 

Apr 15, 2018 08:40 AM
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Scott Godzyk
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One word. Inspection. I have bought, fixed and sold fire damaged homes. Checking the structure by a qualified inspector is like any other home. 

Apr 15, 2018 09:03 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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Someone needs a fire distinguisher! LOL

Apr 15, 2018 09:51 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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 Inspection.

 Permits.

 Fire Department records.

 CLUE 

Apr 15, 2018 12:10 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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Hmm. Is there an inspection contingency?  A due diligence period? Nervous is a natural reaction for many buyers. Listen.  Explain .  Advise.

Apr 15, 2018 09:09 AM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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what's the buyer worried about?  That a house once afire, will once against be afire?? 

Apr 15, 2018 09:03 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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How ridiculous is that? 20 years? I'd be more worried if it was just rebuilt recently. Just be sure that the home inspector knows it's history before hand.

People make a big deal about it & it's totally unnecessary. You drive a car after a crash repair right?

Apr 15, 2018 12:12 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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They should be happy as the winner of this one. Imagine all of the homes that haven't experienced a fire. The odds are definitely in their favor not to have another fire if that's all they're nervous about.

Apr 15, 2018 10:17 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Wayne,

Once again, I agree with Michael Jacobs 

Apr 15, 2018 09:59 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Order Chinese take-out and enjoy it all....

Apr 15, 2018 09:45 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Inspection and a fire extinguisher!

Apr 15, 2018 09:24 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Solid inspection, get copies of permits for all work done. Find out cause of fire. Not sure why they'd be nervous... what are the odds of a house burning down twice? It's been 20 years, afterall and wasn't this disclosed before they bid on the property? Probably now a much "newer" home than others in the neighborhood.

Apr 15, 2018 09:19 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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It's been quite a while but a thorough inspection should alleviate concerns.

Apr 15, 2018 01:15 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Get an inspection.

Apr 15, 2018 10:10 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

A professional home inspection should overcome their worries.

Apr 15, 2018 10:04 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Good luck.

Apr 15, 2018 09:49 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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make sure you have a well-versed home inspector...and if there's a question about any facet of the home, have a specialty inspection performed on that facet.... 

I'd check with the building dept. in the town to see what was done for reconstruction.... they had to pull a permit and have it signed off....

Apr 15, 2018 09:40 AM
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Dan Capra
LAER Realty Partners - Lowell, MA
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if it was rebuilt not sure what the nerves are about but a home inspection will certainly help

Apr 16, 2018 05:05 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - good news, Buyer! The home is 're-build' so enjoy.

Apr 15, 2018 11:09 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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It has been 20 years...

Apr 15, 2018 10:44 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
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I actually would recomment a structural engineer inspection.

Apr 15, 2018 09:42 PM
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Bob Crane
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Twenty years ago?  What are their concerns?

Apr 15, 2018 08:40 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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I'm sure the embers have cooled by now. 

Apr 15, 2018 04:26 PM
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William Feela
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Had to give reassuring words without knowing why they are nervous about

Apr 15, 2018 03:44 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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If the home was rebuilt it had to go through codes and the more updated requirements. The codes inspectors would have looked at everything with a fine tooth comb even more so than if it had been new construction. Tell the buyer to take a deep breath and look forward to his new home.

Apr 15, 2018 03:36 PM
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Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
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Home inspection

Apr 15, 2018 02:12 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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It's great that they know about it but, when a home is re-built after a fire, there are countless inspections before the home can be occupied again. Those inspections are done by both the insurance company and the city/county - at least in NC & SC.

As well, the sellers have been living there for 20 years - lightening strikes, grease fires, tipped over candles - those are all accidents or natural occurrences that bear little to no chance of ever occurring again.

They will also have their own inspections to allay their fears. 

Good luck, Wayne & Jean Marie!

Apr 15, 2018 02:07 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Bring a good inspector or few.

Apr 18, 2018 11:10 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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If it was rebuilt, it has updated wiring, so should not have that same issue again, especially after twenty years.

Apr 18, 2018 07:35 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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I would say no more risk then buying any other 20 year old house.

Apr 18, 2018 06:32 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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A fire extinguisher would be a great closing gift.

Apr 17, 2018 08:34 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I'd ask them questions that would reassure them such as:

  • Does the home fit your family's needs?
  • Do you love the location and community?
  • Could you find a better home at the price?
  • Do you know that we can have any and all inspections prior to moving forward?
  • Do you have any other questions or concerns?
Apr 16, 2018 09:05 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Get a good inspector.

Apr 16, 2018 05:53 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Fred Griffin nailed this one!

Apr 16, 2018 05:30 AM