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Sellers accused of hiding mold problem

Buyers chose to forego inspection, so is anyone at fault?

Dear Barry, My parents just sold their home, and they disclosed in writing that the basement becomes wet during rainy weather. The buyers chose not to have a home inspection, and now they accuse my parents of hiding a mold problem in the basement. They've even hired an attorney. Shouldn't the buyers have hired a home inspector, and if they chose not to have an inspection, weren't they saying, in effect, that they weren't particularly concerned about disclosure of defects? --Dan Dear Dan, Buying a home without a home inspection and then complaining about undisclosed defects is like buying a pair of shoes without trying them on and then complaining that they cause blisters. Only a naive, ill-advised buyer would forego a home inspection in today's real estate market. The people who bought your parent's home did not exercise due diligence. That's their fault. Now that the deal is closed, the proverbial milk is spilt, and they are looking for someone to blame. It is not unusual...