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Couple says realtor did not tell them home had snakes

A couple in Maryland is suing their real estate agent and other parties after they discovered that the home they purchased was infested with snakes. The husband and wife, who have a 9-month-old daughter and 4-year-old son, bought the Annapolis home for $410,000 in December 2014 and moved into it in January 2015. As the weather got warmer, the couple discovered snakes were living in the home.

The couple is pursuing a damage award of $2 million in the real estate purchase dispute. According to the couple, the real estate agent that they purchased the home from was aware of the snake problem before selling the house to them. Former tenants who lived the home before the couple bought it told them that the snakes were an ongoing problem.

Although the realtor told the couple that experts had inspected the home for pests, no pest inspection documentation was ever provided. After finding snakes, the couple hired a pest company to inspect the home. The couple was told by an inspector that the snake problem was the worst the inspector had ever seen. The plaintiffs have named the real estate agent's employer as well as the house's previous owner as additional defendants.

A new home buyer who would like to avoid a situation like this may want to have representation from an attorney while planning on purchasing a home. An attorney may be able to help ensure that there are no hidden issues with a house and make sure that current inspection documents are provided.

Source: WUSA9, "Annapolis couple sues for $2M over snake infested home," Stephanie Ramirez, June 3, 2015

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