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Dodge
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reply to stevek1949

Re: House offer process - NJ specific and urgent

said by stevek1949:

Do not use a home inspector that is referred from either the sellers or your agent. Find a reputable inspector in the area, which are probably easy to find.

Make the contingency to use an indepent, certified home inspector. If possible, be available to be there during the inspection, or at least have someone trusted.

The inspector won't tell you if there is code compliance, but should give you indications on if work needs to be done, such as an electrical panel needs to be replaced or updated.

I am not a a home inspector or real estate agent, just speaking from experience.

How would i find a trustworthy inspector? Online reviews are all BS, can't trust realtors for this, don't know anyone in NJ area to ask. This is way more fun than I thought it would be


stevek1949
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How would i find a trustworthy inspector? Online reviews are all BS, can't trust realtors for this, don't know anyone in NJ area to ask. This is way more fun than I thought it would be

Angies List is a good place to start. Craig's List is a good place to avoid!

H_T_R_N
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Housemaster has a couple offices out that way. Great service from them in the past here in PA.



AVD
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said by bmilone2:

You didn't state if this is in north Jersey or South Jersey. In North Jersey Attorney handles the closing while in South Jersey Title Companies handle closings.

interesting. I live in Central Jersey, My purchase was handled by my attorney; my refi by the title search company.
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reply to Dodge

said by Dodge:

This is central NJ (I think), Manalapan area.

This is the beginning of South jersey.
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said by Bob4:

But don't expect a contingency that you sell your existing home first. (Would you accept such a contingency if you were the seller? I wouldn't.)

its a buyer's market...
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reply to stevek1949

said by stevek1949:

Do not use a home inspector that is referred from either the sellers or your agent. Find a reputable inspector in the area, which are probably easy to find.

Make the contingency to use an indepent, certified home inspector. If possible, be available to be there during the inspection, or at least have someone trusted.

The inspector won't tell you if there is code compliance, but should give you indications on if work needs to be done, such as an electrical panel needs to be replaced or updated.

I am not a a home inspector or real estate agent, just speaking from experience.

I'm an Engineer in NJ. I strongly recommend that your Home Inspector be a licensed PE with significant experience in home inspections.
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Dodge
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What's licensed PE? I am not sure what the PE abbreviation stands for


garys_2k
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Professional Engineer, with a state license to certify that a design is safe and meets code.



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said by garys_2k:

Professional Engineer, with a state license to certify that a design is safe and meets code.

or do inspections of existing conditions.
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Bruce Springsteen's old house is for sale for $350,000. Maybe you want to buy this one instead! This is where he wrote Born to Run. Lot size is 25'x95'.
»www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/20···run.html



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reply to AVD

said by AVD:

said by Bob4:

But don't expect a contingency that you sell your existing home first. (Would you accept such a contingency if you were the seller? I wouldn't.)

its a buyer's market...

Not only that but it is done all of the time as well.
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Dodge
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said by Bob4:

Bruce Springsteen's old house is for sale for $350,000. Maybe you want to buy this one instead! This is where he wrote Born to Run. Lot size is 25'x95'.
»www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/20···run.html

If he didn't live there that house would be worth around a 100k if that.

Dodge
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reply to stevek1949

said by stevek1949:

How would i find a trustworthy inspector? Online reviews are all BS, can't trust realtors for this, don't know anyone in NJ area to ask. This is way more fun than I thought it would be

Angies List is a good place to start. Craig's List is a good place to avoid!

I don't know what the inside of Angie's list is as I am not paying for something I can't even see. Trial membership would make them a lot more meaningful and would imply that they stand behind their site, but when I was setting up an account (without realizing that it's a paid service), I specifically unchecked the newsletters potion. I didn't even complete account setup, as I stopped at the payment, and in 2 days I have 5 random emails from them promoting different random crap. Yeah this makes me all warm and fuzzy about giving them any money (and yes I'm aware that it's dirt cheap).


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reply to AVD

said by AVD:

said by stevek1949:

Do not use a home inspector that is referred from either the sellers or your agent. Find a reputable inspector in the area, which are probably easy to find.

Make the contingency to use an indepent, certified home inspector. If possible, be available to be there during the inspection, or at least have someone trusted.

The inspector won't tell you if there is code compliance, but should give you indications on if work needs to be done, such as an electrical panel needs to be replaced or updated.

I am not a a home inspector or real estate agent, just speaking from experience.

I'm an Engineer in NJ. I strongly recommend that your Home Inspector be a licensed PE with significant experience in home inspections.

Completely agreed! Best money you can spend ....


fifty nine

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reply to Dodge

Be sure of what you're getting to. If I had to buy a house today it would not be in NJ.

You've seen the taxes for your home right?


Dodge
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said by fifty nine:

Be sure of what you're getting to. If I had to buy a house today it would not be in NJ.

You've seen the taxes for your home right?

Yes, I've seen the taxes. Are there any other reasons against NJ or just taxes?


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said by fifty nine:

Be sure of what you're getting to. If I had to buy a house today it would not be in NJ.

You've seen the taxes for your home right?

+ 1E06 ...
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said by Dodge:

Yes, I've seen the taxes. Are there any other reasons against NJ or just taxes?

taxes are just the beginning....
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Dodge
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said by AVD:

said by Dodge:

Yes, I've seen the taxes. Are there any other reasons against NJ or just taxes?

taxes are just the beginning....

That's not very helpful.

itguy05

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said by Dodge:

Yes, I've seen the taxes. Are there any other reasons against NJ or just taxes?

I grew up in NJ and still visit friends/family there. Not sure I'd ever go back as it's too dominated by the cities and slums.

Way too much "nanny state" stuff. Extremely limited firearms and self defence policies (no stand your ground), high taxes (not only property), and a few othere.

Dodge
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said by itguy05:

said by Dodge:

Yes, I've seen the taxes. Are there any other reasons against NJ or just taxes?

I grew up in NJ and still visit friends/family there. Not sure I'd ever go back as it's too dominated by the cities and slums.

Way too much "nanny state" stuff. Extremely limited firearms and self defence policies (no stand your ground), high taxes (not only property), and a few othere.

So basically moving from NY I won't see any difference.

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Well it's crowded and your car insurance will probably be higher than you're used to. Average income is pretty much the highest in the country. Gas is $3.45 per gallon and you sit in your car while someone else stands in the cold and pumps it for you. The state doesn't seem to be able to repair potholes or repave the roads.


itguy05

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said by Dodge:

So basically moving from NY I won't see any difference.

Guess not.