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One of the most read articles I’ve written – “Tagged homes in the City of Warren” – revisiting this important information for Macomb County home buyers

April 10th, 2012 · No Comments · tips for home buyers, tips for purchasing a foreclosure

Have you recently purchased a home in one of our Macomb County communities that has an “abandoned or foreclosure” ordinance? If you have, you have probably by now realized that if there was a city / township “tag” posted on the front of the home, that you will need to have the city /township building department inspect the home. One of the articles that I have written for this blog is the most read and has received the most questions via email, phone, or the comment section of the blog.

One of the common misconceptions is that the City of Warren is the only city in Macomb County that has an ordinance in place to keep up with the blight that overtook our neighborhoods by the rash of foreclosures and abandoned homes. This is not true. Many, if not most, of our cities and townships have an ordinance that requires a home owner to have their homes inspected for health and safety issues before they are issued a certificate of occupancy for their home.

Please please don’t try to move in to the home before you have contacted the appropriate department at the city / township.  If you do this, you will surely be caught.  The cities and townships do keep good records of which homes they have “tagged” as needing a current inspection & certificate of occupancy.

Ask your buyers agent to contact the city / township prior to writing your offer to purchase to ask about the specific ordinance that may apply to you.   If you decide to proceed with the purchase you can ask (as part of your negotiations) to have an extended period of time (2 weeks is usually sufficient) to have the home inspected by the municipality during your home inspection contingency period.  If you are not happy with the list of items that the inspection requires to be repaired and/or replaced, then you can ask to be let out of your purchase contract.  Remember, most foreclosure sales are “as is”.

Waiting until you have closed on your new home purchase to address the “tagged” issue is much too late in my opinion.  Due your homework first, before the home is yours, and then there shouldn’t be any surprises in the municipal inspections.

Kris Wales –  a partner for your real estate needs in Macomb County MI
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