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The issue of 'Open Building Permits'

As a Buyer's Agent, it is important to provide your clent infrmation to empower them.  How many times have you experienced a transaction falling apart at the last minute.  Dan Edward Phillips, Broker/Owner, Eureka, CA,  has provided us a commonsense approach address this issue

One of the suggestions I make to buyers is to check with the Building and Planning Department to see if there are any "open" permits on a property they are considering purchasing.

An "open" permit could prevent another permit from being issued for the property: say to replace a roof. 

If there is an "open" permit on the property, one in which the final inspection has not been completed, the clients could be subject to big expenses if they purchase the home.

In order for an inspector to check the quality of plumbing or electrical work, new drywall may have to be removed.  This can be expensive.  There may be additional permit fee's because the inspections were not completed on time.

My experience in this area has always been that the Building and Planning Departments are a buyers good friend!

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C. Lloyd McKenzie, MBA

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Comment balloon 1 commentC. Lloyd McKenzie • September 27 2011 10:47PM


Good Morning C Lloyd, thank you for the re-post!  It is very much appreciated!

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) about 9 years ago