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Buying a foreclosure in Macomb County and the house has a well & septic?

November 17th, 2010 · No Comments · tips for home buyers, tips for purchasing a foreclosure

One of the challenges to purchasing a foreclosure is abiding by all local laws regulating the condition of the home (different city/township inspections and Certificate of Occupancy requirements).    Macomb County homes that are serviced by a well and septic system also have a mandatory inspection at the point of sale.

This can be a bit challenging as an inspection for a home that is vacant for more than 10 days cannot be done to satisfy the Macomb County Health Department.  (Most bank owned homes have been vacant for quite a bit of time.)   Surely you can still have things inspected, but it isn’t a certified inspection unless the home has been lived in very recently and the systems have been used.

Thankfully the Macomb County Health Department has a provision in their ordinance for this type of situation:  A postponement request.    I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the request was signed and sent back to my buyer client and I when we filed the document (via fax) to the health department.  I faxed in the request to the health department on a Friday, and by the following Tuesday afternoon we had the signed approval.

Don’t let these mandatory inspections and ordinances frighten you away from purchasing a bank owned home.  Foreclosures are still some of the best buys out there right now.

~Kris Wales~  Ask me about buyers agency
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