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“I was wondering how important is it to buy a house that has been updated with permits?”

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“Dear PoPville,

I hope you and your readers can give me some advice. My husband and I are trying to buy a house in DC. We found a beautiful one this weekend in Bloomingdale off of North Capital. We started to put a offer in but our realtor cautioned us not to because the price of the house had double since the owners bought it a few years ago and it was because of the extensive renovation. It has a brand new kitchen and you can tell lots of other work had been done but she could not find any permits for the remodeling. We didn’t put in a offer because we wanted to do research and find out if it was illegally renovated but now it is under contract with someone else. I was wondering how important is it to buy a house that has been updated with permits? What are the consequences? If it isn’t a big deal I want to know for next time so we won’t miss out again.”

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