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Old 04-19-2018, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Yes, water damage can happen from plumbing, but post #6 did confirm it's in a flood zone.
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:57 PM
 
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If it's an estate sale, typically, dead people tell no tales.
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:00 PM
 
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Yes, water damage can happen from plumbing, but post #6 did confirm it's in a flood zone.
Yes it did. My response was to the post questioning the partial damage - which is also possible in a water intrusion even like door leaks, etc.
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Old 04-20-2018, 05:51 AM
 
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This was not from a broken pipe. That area flooded during Hurricane Matthew. Since there was an estate sale the occupants were most likely elderly and the damage hasn't been repaired yet. When the damage is repaired and the house is sold will there be any reference anywhere that a flood occurred there?
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:21 AM
 
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You still don’t know it was flood damage. You’re assuming (well, concocting most likely) details that are unknown.

As the property is in zone AE, it’s safe to say the buyers would need flood insurance anyway, and a prior claim would show on CLUE.
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:21 AM
 
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Upon further thought, I don’t think it was flood damage at all.

I’m going with a cult that all committed suicide en mass in that room. They had already listed that house, and a realtor that entered to show it dropped their barrel of mace in the room when they were shocked by the scene. The chemical seeped into the carpet and drywall, necessitating repairs.

None of this will be disclosed by the inspector.

Just as likely as the OP’s other scenarios.
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:30 AM
 
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Upon further thought, I don’t think it was flood damage at all.

I’m going with a cult that all committed suicide en mass in that room. They had already listed that house, and a realtor that entered to show it dropped their barrel of mace in the room when they were shocked by the scene. The chemical seeped into the carpet and drywall, necessitating repairs.

None of this will be disclosed by the inspector.

Just as likely as the OP’s other scenarios.
And...depending on state law, mass suicide events may not need to be disclosed. If the owners were part of the suicide pact, that would explain the estate sale. (You may be on to something!) Most states don't require disclosure statements when an estate is involved. Case closed.
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Even if it's not disclosed.... the tadpoles in the basement usually give it away.
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Old 04-20-2018, 11:57 AM
 
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Even if it's not disclosed.... the tadpoles in the basement usually give it away.
Yes, but tadpoles can be an unreliable indicator. The timing of the inspection would have to be just right. Depending upon the species, the tadpoles could morph quickly and hop away. But, if they were tree frogs, they might just "stick" around and climb the walls. An inspector would need a careful eye, however, because tree frogs could camouflage themselves to match any gray or greenish paint color. The best bet would be if they were Green Frogs or Bullfrogs. Since the tadpoles of those species usually take two years to go through metamorphosis, they would be more likely to be observed during an inspection period. All of these variables emphasize the need to hire a top-notch inspector.
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Old 04-20-2018, 12:00 PM
 
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