Resolving uncompleted repairs

Learn the New Luxury Playbook at Luxury Connect | October 18-19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel

DEAR BARRY: We purchased our home six months ago and hired a home inspector who was referred by our Realtor. The inspector identified a list of problems involving plumbing leaks, roof damage, ungrounded electrical outlets, a faulty heater, and more. The agent promised in writing that these issues would be repaired before the close of escrow. That was months ago, but none of the defects have been addressed. We also learned that someone was murdered less than 50 feet from the house. What can we do? --Alicia DEAR ALICIA: Closing escrow when the repairs were not completed was a big mistake. The document that promised completion of repair work before the close was your position of strength. At that time, the sellers were anxious to finalize the sale, and you had just cause to stop the process. Now the picture is very different. The sellers now have your purchase money and have moved on to the next chapter of their lives. If they haven't done anything about repairs in six mont...