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norapp

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How far do other appraisers go to determine if something on a property is up to local town code? Am I wrong to place this back on the lender?
 

glenn walker

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Correct what are we talking about ?
 

norapp

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The question was a general one. I deal with dozens of towns and villages in Upstate NY. Some have building codes that also fall under the county domain. Will you make 1 phone call, 2 calls, 3 calls? Will you go down in person to obtain documents? Will you request an inspection if town says one is needed to determine legality. At what point do you tell the lender they need to get this stuff? Some of this might be accomplished with 1 call but most often it takes multiple calls with multiple people and ends up with me being told the owner needs to request these items.
 

J Grant

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If an existing house has a C of O, it was built to code at the time. Why do you need to check on that, what are you looking for? I check if an owner added an addition or conversion afterward- if they got a building permit , the permit means the addition was inspected for code. Many older buildings would not meet today's building code, but they are grandfathered in. (my market area).
 
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nstanbru

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The question was a general one. I deal with dozens of towns and villages in Upstate NY. Some have building codes that also fall under the county domain. Will you make 1 phone call, 2 calls, 3 calls? Will you go down in person to obtain documents? Will you request an inspection if town says one is needed to determine legality. At what point do you tell the lender they need to get this stuff? Some of this might be accomplished with 1 call but most often it takes multiple calls with multiple people and ends up with me being told the owner needs to request these items.

If the information I'm seeking is not readily available on line, I will go to the city or county office after I've seen the property. The first thing I do is review the building permit packet, then if necessary, speak with someone in the building department. Phone calls, in my experience, are generally too time consuming compared to a trip to the appropriate office. I've never been told only the owner can get the items requested because the information is a matter of public record.
 
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