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We had predicted this quite some time ago, but it appears the revolution has started.
One of our brokerage's clients is in the process of purchasing a former grow-op. And guess what? His insurance company and agent that he has done business with for years, has refused to insure the house that he had planned to purchase.
These kind of risky purchases (grow-ops, foreclosures, and bank sales) are just that - RISKY! I'm sure this Buyer client is using a knowledgable and experienced agent that put into the "Offer to Purchase" the condition of being able to find insurance. This is just one of the many conditions that a knowledgable real estate agent will suggest to their clients to have inserted into the Offer to Purchase. Finding out after the sale is FIRM would be a real expensive lesson for someone.
If anyone ever questioned the value of an experienced, and fully-trained industry professional to help them purchase or sell a home, this is just one example that shows that experience and training really does count!