How to get home seller to pay for repairs

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DEAR BOB: We are in the process of buying an older home in a great neighborhood with outstanding public schools. As you often suggest, we insisted on a professional inspection contingency clause in our purchase offer. We also accompanied the inspector to discuss the problems he discovered. Two defects that the seller did not disclose are: 1) the roof is leaking water into the attic, and 2) the foundation is sinking slightly in one corner, probably due to poor drainage, which can be corrected. But the roof will cost at least $12,000 to replace. How can we get the seller to pay for the repairs? --Josh R. DEAR JOSH: Congratulations on including a professional inspection contingency clause in your home purchase offer. Although the seller made a good faith effort to disclose known defects, perhaps he was not aware of the roof leaks and the foundation problem. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. The best approach is to reopen negotiations and ask the seller to give you a "repair credit" for t...