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Old 07-06-2009, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, NY
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yes, which the question needs to be asked, why did they build a home in that area in the 1st place
hmmmmm I wonder the same thing when people buy very expensive houses on the beach down here knowing that one bad huricane season will take their house and them with it.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:33 PM
 
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Unhappy Look what I found.......

A map of the "reported/known" sinking homes. Now I'm even more nervous about buying in that area (though this is the area everyone tells me has the best schools - which is very important to me)
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Boardman, OH
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A map of the "reported/known" sinking homes. Now I'm even more nervous about buying in that area (though this is the area everyone tells me has the best schools - which is very important to me)
The Map shows just what I said earlier, if you stay to the south of the Escarpment, (which more or less runs along Main St.), you're on higher ground and in the clear, and a good portion of that area is in the Williamsville district.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: WNY
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Really guys, a good inspection and information on the particular neighborhood will tell you a lot. I live in that area and have no problems at all. Yes there are some homes, but the MASSIVE MAJORITY have nothing wrong with them. The area is still in high demand and yes the schooling is great, taxes are high, but you get what you pay for.

I missed you all while I was on vacation!!!!!!! glad to be back at least for the next week ......
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:45 PM
 
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My cousin bought a "sinking" house in Getzville (Amherst) NY. The realtor never mentioned any problems with the house (never trust a realtor). After 1 yr in the house the foundation cracked, windows & doors jammed, a 3/4" crack traveled from the baseboard up to the ceiling. He couldn't sell it and it would've been so expensive to fix, he let it go to the bank.
Most of the homes that are sinking have been built in the 2000's. They're the "newer" homes. If anyone plans on buying a newer home in Amherst, I would make sure none of the windows or doors jam (indication of a shifting foundation) and put a marble on the floor, if it rolls .... there's a problem. I would also strongly recommend hiring a licensed inspector. If you really want to be careful I'm sure you can go to town hall and maybe someone there can direct you where to look for info regarding land or geographics of the development. What had happened was that "garbage" land (swamp land) was sold to developers at a cheap price, they (the developers) filled in the land with hard fill (concrete pieces) and sand. Well, over time that hard fill shifts, settles, and sinks hence the building problems. Same thing is happening to the Galleria mall. It was build on a swamp and filled in with sand & hard fill. My father was offered the job for the concrete but didn't take it b/c he knew in time everything was going to sink/shift and crack and didn't want to be held responsible to replace (and take a huge loss) the damaged concrete. Next time you go to the mall, check out the cracks on the floor tiles and the columns.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Buffalo NY
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Most of the homes effected are north of Sheridan Dr between Transit and N. Forest
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Buffalo NY
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Most of the homes that are sinking have been built in the 2000's. They're the "newer" homes. .
Be careful, its way more then that, Ive seen plenty built in the 70's
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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Ive been though numerous (dozens) of homes in amherst and getzville and i swear that EVERY SINGLE ONE in getzville has multiple cracks from floor to ceiling in the basement, that have been repaired with some rubbery substance and a cut in the floor (who knows how wide the crack is right?). STAY OUT OF GETZVILLE, its ground zero as far as sinking homes in amherst.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:40 AM
 
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A map of the "reported/known" sinking homes. Now I'm even more nervous about buying in that area (though this is the area everyone tells me has the best schools - which is very important to me)
Ok, so then you outside of the area bordered by the map. And get a map of wetlands and floodplains from either the county or the town building dept. where you are looking. Go across Transit into Clarence. Go out Main to Goodrich and turn left. As you drive north, you will see part of what is the closest section of escarpment -- it is a darn big hill. Take note where they put the really expensive homes - it is still on both sides. Lots of places have good homes. [The "sinkers" from the 1970s/80s -- your map-- are in Amherst swamps. Avoid them.]

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Old 01-01-2013, 10:51 AM
 
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As much as I love this area, as great as it is, and as beautiful the houses are (and also numerous) in my search, every single house ive went though has issue to some extent, and who knows if the owners shaved the doors upstairs to mask the extent of the settling. Why even risk it? You are risking literally going broke, its a massive risk....Ive seen houses in this area that would be worth $175000 sell for $50,000....there is also the contagion effect because lately it seems the prices are pretty low throughout the getzville and north amherst area compared to say, the same place in Orchard Park. If you want to risk ending up with a $200,000 mortgage and $70,000 in repairs to what is now worth under $100,000 and wipe your equity out, its your choice. I truely feel sorry for homeowners in this area because even if its not cracked now, if the one a few doors down is...you're next, and crack after crack will keep happening, you cant stop the earth.
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