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Protect yourself when buying home ‘as is’

Don't be afraid of contingencies

Whether you are a home buyer or seller during the peak 2007 spring home sales season of April through June, you will probably encounter the term "as-is" sale. Just as used-car dealers sell thousands of automobiles "as is" without any warranty or representations, houses and condominiums are sold using the same term. But an "as is" home sale is different. Thanks to state laws and court decisions, a real estate "as is" sale is far more complicated than the sale of an "as is" used car. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. An automobile "as is" sale means "buyer beware." However, the best way to describe a real estate "as is" sale means "trust, but verify," as the late President Reagan said many times when referring to political situations. WHAT IS AN "AS IS" HOME SALE? Simply stated, an "as is" home sale means the seller must disclose to the buyer all known defects, but the seller will not pay for any repairs. Does an "as is" home sale mean the seller doesn't have to disc...

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