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Old 01-25-2018, 12:45 PM
 
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If you were me, would you consider making an offer on a(n otherwise very nice and well-maintained) concrete block townhouse in Florida where the seller (long-time owner occupant) has indicated on the disclosure (after checking off that there are no active termites or termite damage) that one room of the home was treated preventively for termites several years earlier? (Because the home is block, I doubt there have been subsequent inspections, termite bond, etc.--most likely just a one-shot because of whatever observations triggered it several years ago.) I would of course get an inspection, including pest inspection, but I know things can be missed in inspections...

I should mention this is in a super hot segment (lower priced homes) of the real estate market right now (compares very favorably to other places I can afford in several different areas of Florida). If I don't grab it quickly, someone else definitely will, and I may never again see something affordable to me that checks off my other boxes so well. At the same time, I can't afford to make a mistake, so should I think of this as a deal-breaker issue?

Thanks in advance for your opinions/advice!
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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yes, I would make the offer as if the years-ago termite issue was addressed.

Termites are so prevalent in the south that you'd likely eliminate a majority of houses over 20 years old if "any past sign of termites" was a deal-breaker
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Yes. So long as a new inspection doesn't show any current activity it should be fine. Termites are just a common problem here. If you buy, be sure to have termite control as part of your upkeep. We have someone come out each year and keep up with our traps.
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Old 01-25-2018, 05:16 PM
 
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Yes. So long as a new inspection doesn't show any current activity it should be fine. Termites are just a common problem here. If you buy, be sure to have termite control as part of your upkeep. We have someone come out each year and keep up with our traps.


This ^^


Basically, every house in Florida had, has, or will have termites.
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Old 01-25-2018, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Athol, Idaho
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yes, I would make the offer as if the years-ago termite issue was addressed.

Termites are so prevalent in the south that you'd likely eliminate a majority of houses over 20 years old if "any past sign of termites" was a deal-breaker
Ditto. I'm from the southwest. There were 3 types of houses. Those with termites, those that had had termites exterminated and those that would one day have termites. If the issue is addressed you should be fine.
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Old 01-25-2018, 05:59 PM
 
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Termites don't eat concrete so that's one thing in your favor.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Ditto. I'm from the southwest. There were 3 types of houses. Those with termites, those that had had termites exterminated and those that would one day have termites. If the issue is addressed you should be fine.
We have a similar saying. There are 2 types of homes - those that have termites and those that will have termites. Florida has more termites than any state in the US. Your seller disclosed it so they are probably honest. Go for it. When you get inspections they'll let you know if there are additional issues.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:36 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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concrete block townhouse in Florida... treated preventively for termites ?
Thanks in advance for your opinions/advice!
Do you think you can find ANY Florida property that hasn't had termite treatment
and if not that it isn't still warranted?
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Old 01-27-2018, 12:42 PM
 
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If you were me, would you consider making an offer on a(n otherwise very nice and well-maintained) concrete block townhouse in Florida where the seller (long-time owner occupant) has indicated on the disclosure (after checking off that there are no active termites or termite damage) that one room of the home was treated preventively for termites several years earlier? (Because the home is block, I doubt there have been subsequent inspections, termite bond, etc.--most likely just a one-shot because of whatever observations triggered it several years ago.) I would of course get an inspection, including pest inspection, but I know things can be missed in inspections...

I should mention this is in a super hot segment (lower priced homes) of the real estate market right now (compares very favorably to other places I can afford in several different areas of Florida). If I don't grab it quickly, someone else definitely will, and I may never again see something affordable to me that checks off my other boxes so well. At the same time, I can't afford to make a mistake, so should I think of this as a deal-breaker issue?

Thanks in advance for your opinions/advice!
Yes, of course. Preventive treatment doesn't mean termites were in the structure but the reason may have been they found some in the ground near the foundation. A reputable termite company can do the inspection and if you go ahead with the deal you can have the company treat the home and they will give you a guarantee so long as you do annual inspections. If the inspections go smoothly I wouldn't hesitate to buy it.
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