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    Negotiating Inspection Results

    What is the name of your state? Massachusetts

    We are first time buyers, and need some advice on how to handle the results of our home inspection. The house is 15 years old, and the inspection uncovered the fact that the roof has defective shingles, and needs to be replaced. According to the inspector it will last no more than a year. In addition there is about $1,600 worth of work that needs to be done to some windows on the exterior of the house. We are getting estimates done now, however in speaking with the Seller's broker, while the owners will listen to our negotiation, it seems unlikely that they will budge at all on the price. Is there a way to approach this that would make us more successful in getting something/anything knocked off the price? Is it possible that our inspector was wrong about the roof (the sellers claim there isn't a problem)?
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    Re: Negotiating Inspection Results

    Originally posted by AnnM
    What is the name of your state? Massachusetts

    We are first time buyers, and need some advice on how to handle the results of our home inspection. The house is 15 years old, and the inspection uncovered the fact that the roof has defective shingles, and needs to be replaced. According to the inspector it will last no more than a year. In addition there is about $1,600 worth of work that needs to be done to some windows on the exterior of the house. We are getting estimates done now, however in speaking with the Seller's broker, while the owners will listen to our negotiation, it seems unlikely that they will budge at all on the price. Is there a way to approach this that would make us more successful in getting something/anything knocked off the price? Is it possible that our inspector was wrong about the roof (the sellers claim there isn't a problem)?
    My response:

    Unfortunately, the seller is going to tell you the same thing I'm going to tell you, and that is, "If you don't like the condition of the house, move on to something else." No one is twisting your arm to take THIS house.

    By the way, your name, AnnM, is the name of a very famous Appellate decision in California. A very sad case, but one that due to the legal principles involved, became a landmark decision concerning the safety of persons on commercial property.

    IAAL
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    AnnM, exactly what kind and brand of roofing shingles are on the house?
    Fiber-cemetitious material brands such as Masonite Woodruff, Cemwood, HardieShake, HardieSlate etc. are all defective.
    In addition, there are some ashphalt shingle brands that are defective.

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