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UW Condition for security door locks

Discussion in 'General Appraisal Discussion' started by rijman, Oct 18, 2010.

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  1. rijman

    rijman Junior Member

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    Jan 20, 2002
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    I got a condition today for a house that has security bars on the windows for the following: "DO ANY SECURITY DOORS HAVE DUAL-ACTION DEADBOLT LOCKS?" There are two security screen doors.

    I haven't seen this request before and I don't check the lock type on security screen doors. Has anyone seen this condition/stip before?
     
  2. jlabauve

    jlabauve Member

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    Feb 24, 2009
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    You have got to be kidding me. Sheesh.

    Next underwriter question - what's the fiber count in the carpet????
     
  3. Flygirl 152

    Flygirl 152 Senior Member

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    May 3, 2006
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    Nope. The only condition I have ever heard about is whether the bars have the quick release latch/handle on the inside.
     
  4. Flygirl 152

    Flygirl 152 Senior Member

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    May 3, 2006
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    Tell them to call the homeowner and ask since you are not an expert in deadbolt security.
     
  5. rijman

    rijman Junior Member

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    Jan 20, 2002
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    The home was vacant, this is an REO.
     
  6. Peter LeQuire

    Peter LeQuire Elite Member

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    Jan 3, 2005
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    Suggest they hire a locksmith to make that determination.
     
  7. Green Hornet

    Green Hornet Senior Member

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    Dec 29, 2006
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    My guess it what they are asking is similar to the security bar issue. My mom has a security door that requires a key on the inside and outside. I could see how this might be a safety issue if she could not get out the front door without a key.
     
  8. rijman

    rijman Junior Member

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    Jan 20, 2002
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    I just heard back from the appraisal dept and this is what they are referring to. When there are security bars on windows egress is limited in case of a fire so they want to confirm the security screen doors don't have dual action deadbolts, separate key deadbolts inside and out, to further inhibit egress. To my knowledge, the deadbolts are not an issue when there are no security bars on the windows.
     
  9. Terrel L. Shields

    Terrel L. Shields Elite Member
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    May 2, 2002
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    Arkansas
    daminfino...call the home inspector...not my problem
     
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