Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Probate Real Estate Term: "AS-IS"

It is very common to see probate and trust real estate connected to the term “As-is.” Simply stated, what you see is what you get, and many times there is no negotiation on repairs for the real estate.

Administrators/executors and real estate agents have an affirmative obligation to disclose KNOWN defects to the buyers. For example, it may be known that the front door sticks and is difficult to open. The administrator/executors will disclose that to you. However, since they have never been in possession of the property they cannot be expected to have the knowledge of the defects or condition of the main systems of the property, such as the roof, the plumbing or the heating system (unless there is some obvious symptom, such as water stains, dripping, or roof tiles in the back yard).

“As-is” means that the executor/administrator has not investigated the condition of the property or had it investigated by a professional inspector--for example, a structural pest inspection or general physical inspection--and that the purchaser of the probate and trust real estate is responsible for requesting and performing any investigation he/she so desires. If the buyer does not elect to perform such investigations, then he/she, and not the executor/administrator will assume liability for any defects subsequently disclosed.

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