Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers

After the Inspection – What if There are Problems? (Part 2 of 2)

Posted in Due Diligence,FAQs,Inspections by Jeff Dowler on December 30, 2006

shaking-hands.gifHere is more information on handling an inspection where you have encountered some issues. You are still interested in buying the house but…

In the first post in this series, I talked about your options if after the inspection what if there are problems. Assuming you decide to go ahead, here’s how to do it. Please keep in mind that each state may have different requirements and paperwork in order to request repairs by the seller. Check with your REALTOR so you will know what to do and how to do it.

  • Here in California a buyer may request that sellers repair some or all of the defects encountered in the inspection, using the Repairs Request Form (C.A.R. Form RR – from the California Association of Realtors).
  • The buyer must stipulate what s/he wants the seller to fix/repair/replace, or attach a detailed list.
  • The seller will respond in writing on the form as to how s/he will deal with these requests. As a reminder, the seller may decide to fix none, some or all of the items.

Once the seller responds and signs the form:

  • The buyer can accept the seller’s response, OR
  • The buyer may withdraw the request and submit a revised request on Form RR (labeled #2).
  • The process continues, as needed, until both parties agree on what is to be fixed and/or if a credit will be provided in lieu of repairs (or, in some cases, NO agreement is reached)

The buyer can decide to not proceed on the basis of these negotiations.

Once agreement has been reached the buyer must remove the inspection contingency, using the Contingency Removal Form (more on those later).


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