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An increase in calls about “tagged” homes after purchase – what Macomb County buyers should know BEFORE they buy!

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Appraisals in Macomb County MI, Buyers agency, macomb county mi real estate market, tips for purchasing a foreclosure

In the last month or so I have received more phone calls about an article I wrote last year that warned Macomb County MI home buyers about “tagged” homes and the certificate of occupancy that is needed before they can move in.

There are 2 things I have learned from these calls:    1) Some buyers agents aren’t doing their due diligence when representing home buyers in their purchases of foreclosures and other homes that have been vacant and tagged by the cities for certification. 2) Some home buyers don’t believe it applies to them because they have had their own home inspections and an appraisal performed before they purchased the home.

My advice? If you are a home buyer and have a buyers agent to represent your interests, ask your agent to help guide you through the certificate of occupancy process.  If your agent doesn’t know what the city requires, he/she can go to the city offices and find out for you.  You should also call the city office prior to writing your offer to purchase to find out if a certificate of occupancy will be required.   This could make a difference in the offer you write, better to know upfront than later on when you have a legally binding contract in place.

Keep in mind that your own home inspection and your appraisers report isn’t going to be satisfactory to the city building inspector.  If the city requires an inspection for a certificate of occupancy you will have to arrange for it and repair or replace any items that the inspector cites before you will be allowed to move in to your home.

Kris Wales
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