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When Real Estate and City Hall Cross Paths

Now, there is no excuse for shoddy workmanship. Unfortunately, this happens more often than we realize.  I wonder what percentage of homes in my city have that problem.  Builders need to be held accountable.  The city also needs to play its part in the process.  Here it is a 14 months old home, with this kind of problem.  This is preposterous.  Please stop by Belinda Spillman's post and leave her a comment

city hallWe get to wear so many hats as Realtors.  Each day I learn something new and gain experience about issues I never thought would involve me.

I never thought I would be fighting City Hall for a client, but today took Will and I down that bumpy road.

We have been working so hard to help some clients get their 14 month old house sold and find them a replacement home.  Everything seemed to be finally coming together until yesterday when the buyer's agent on the purchase of their home called and said the buyers wanted to do a sewer line scope.  I thought this was a total waste of money since the home was only 14 months old, but so be it.

The sewer guy came out and stuck his slimy little camera in the sewer to record the dirtiest movie ever.  As he got to the end of the line, he came across a separation where the line meets the city cap.  He said very casually that this should be somewher between nine and thirteen thousand dollars to fix.  I thought my seller would have a heart attack right there.

We went to the builder's maintenance manager and ask him who was responsible for this defect.  He told us it was the City of Aurora since the problem is located in the middle of the street where the pipe connects with the cap. 

Will drove our client to the City of Aurora and talked to the sewer guys.  They insist that this is not the responsibilty of the City.  Well of course they are going to say that.  Who wants to bear the cost of this repair? 

After going round and round, the pair left the City and went back to the builder warranty guy. 

The warranty guy wants to see the video before making a determination, but at least the builder is trying their best to do right by the homeowner.

In the meantime, the lives of many people are in limbo until someone owns up to the dirty job ahead.


Belinda Spillman
Cornerstone Homes Realty
Metro Brokers Marina Square
(303) 884-2026


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Comment balloon 1 commentC. Lloyd McKenzie • June 22 2011 03:12PM


Hey Lloyd,  Thanks for re-blogging.  I appreciate it.  It is a tough situation for everyone.  Ugh!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 7 years ago