"Have you ever had an engineer out to the house to give you an opinion on the foundation?" I asked the prospective Sellers, "That's quite a hump you have in your floor."
"We've honestly never felt it," they said.
To quote Igor, from Young Frankenstein, "What hump?"
It doesn't necessarily surprise me that as homeowners, people stop noticing such matters, especially when the defect becomes part of the daily scenery or their ongoing experience, but as Halloween falls on Sunday, it seems appropriate to print some of the scarier examples of where things can run awry with respect to Real Estate, and why you might just want to pay attention, especially if any of these sound familiar.
Trick or treat? Whether it's Halloween or not, these examples are akin to Charlie Brown getting a rock (it's a bummer), which explains why the sale of real property shouldn't be entered into without a professional by your side, AND without full disclosure. Boo!
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Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 15 years and has published more than 600 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.