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Old 12-04-2015, 10:39 AM
 
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Thank you for all the responses. The wife and I were just about to put an offer on a house in Safety Harbor, then my realtor received the sellers disclosure and found the house has some "settlement" problems. Cause past cracks, etc. So, it's back to the drawing board.


We saw a property online right off of Countryside BLVD, north of 580 that might be doable. Looks like Countryside might get another look.
I wouldn't write it off completely....many of these older homes are going to have some cracks. Just proceed with caution. Especially with the types of soil in SH. What's the address? Was there a sinkhole claim?
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:37 AM
 
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Address is 213 Waterview Court. There was a claim made. I also received a copy of the Engineering report. Didn't look good


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I wouldn't write it off completely....many of these older homes are going to have some cracks. Just proceed with caution. Especially with the types of soil in SH. What's the address? Was there a sinkhole claim?
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:05 PM
 
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Address is 213 Waterview Court. There was a claim made. I also received a copy of the Engineering report. Didn't look good
Shame. It's a pretty house. Did the engineering report mention actual voids under the home?
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:05 PM
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Address is 213 Waterview Court. There was a claim made. I also received a copy of the Engineering report. Didn't look good
Chances are that it was normal settling and got some company to say it wasn't so they could scam the insurance company, it happens a lot.

Every home built on a slab around here is gonna have cracks in it, even brand new homes.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:51 PM
 
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It's pretty bad. I wish I could paste the engineering report. But the summarize, this house was built in 1995. In 2001, there were damages caused to the interior and exterior of the house. The geotechs opinion at the time was due to a combination of sinkhole related activity and soild shrinkage. It was recommended that the soil be stabilized. House was repaired. Then in 2005, it was reported the damages reoccurred at the residence. Another geotech engineer conducted an inspection. His opinion is that it was due to minor differential settling due to soil shrinkage. This geotech said that this occurrence and the previous were not due to sinkhole activity.


I am a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer by profession so I'm familiar with reading these types of reports, but even if I wasn't, I'd want to stay away.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:05 PM
 
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It's pretty bad. I wish I could paste the engineering report. But the summarize, this house was built in 1995. In 2001, there were damages caused to the interior and exterior of the house. The geotechs opinion at the time was due to a combination of sinkhole related activity and soild shrinkage. It was recommended that the soil be stabilized. House was repaired. Then in 2005, it was reported the damages reoccurred at the residence. Another geotech engineer conducted an inspection. His opinion is that it was due to minor differential settling due to soil shrinkage. This geotech said that this occurrence and the previous were not due to sinkhole activity.


I am a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer by profession so I'm familiar with reading these types of reports, but even if I wasn't, I'd want to stay away.
Wow...this report sounds so shady...like they shopped around till they got the report that was most favorable to them...You are smart to walk away...
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Old 12-05-2015, 06:58 AM
 
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Yeah. The wife and I definitely feel deflate after that. We are going to see some houses tomorrow, 2 of which are on countryside. We still had our heart set on safety harbor though.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:52 AM
 
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Sorry OP it is disheartening...remember during the holiday season many people don't list or even re-list their home...hopefully after the new year more will come on the market...hang in there!!! It's good you don't settle...buying a house is such a big decision...(as you already know)...hang in there!!!
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:34 AM
 
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Yeah. The wife and I definitely feel deflate after that. We are going to see some houses tomorrow, 2 of which are on countryside. We still had our heart set on safety harbor though.
If your heart is set on SH and you don't have to make a quick move, I'd recommend waiting a bit until after the holidays. There will be more homes on the market then, and your chances of getting in here will be much better.

Safety Harbor is really worth the wait if you don't have to move immediately. We've been here for almost 4 years now and consider it one of the BEST decisions we've made. We'll be here, God willing, until the day we die.
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:39 AM
 
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OP, have you seen any of these? They are all in good areas.

4 Idlewilde Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 | Zillow


1401 Crestwood Ct N, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 | Zillow


790 Del Oro Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 | Zillow
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