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Bad smell. Cause to worry?

I am in escrow and have been complaining to the Realtor about a bad smell in my back yard - it comes and goes. The home is near a busy deep-water port on TX gulf coast. I had concerns that this may be due to living near the port or sewage related. She assured me that was not the case and that it's a natural sulfuric smell. I have spoken to folks in the area that said there was some kind of toxic leakage into the gulf last year, near the shore and that might have caused - perhaps the back yard is still toxic and was never cleaned. but I want to know if I can find out more information about this area or the home history, maybe with insurance claims? If there was something that would cause issues for me as a home owner in the future i am trying to find out. feel like there is something not being told to me. by loscar184 from Wylie, Texas. Feb 15th 2019 Reply

John Regg (jregg2005)
#78 ranked lender in Ohio - 12 contributions

Have you had a home inspection? That would be a starting point, from there maybe an environmental specialist. May be costly, but worth it for peace of mind. Please email me at or call/text 513-265-7770 with any questions, I am happy to help and we lend in all 50 states.

Feb 15th 2019
William J Acres (William_Acres)
#73 ranked lender in Arizona - 8,728 contributions

You can call an environmental specialist, but expect to pay in upwards of $5000 for a report.. But understand that, you as the buyer, must exercise your due diligence.. your agent telling you "not to worry" is worrisome for me.. The problem could absolutely affect the property's value and it's future sale-ability.. Did you do a home inspection? Where you present when you had it done? Did the seller give you a "Sellers Property Disclosure Statement"? or any document that outlines the features and particulars regarding the property? If so, read that document closely to see if they mention anything about sulfur smells.. Once you take close and take possession, it's very difficult to reverse it.. especially since you posted your concern on the internet.. it's safe to say you are now aware that there is an issue.. Start with your realtor, and let them know that this is a serious issue and could be a potential deal breaker unless you get some assurances that this is not a problem. I'm a preferred Lender with California and Arizona being my primary markets. If you or someone you know is looking for financing options, feel free to contact me or pass along my information. 480-287-5714 NMLS# 226347 / LendUS, NMLS 1938/ AZMB0121893

Feb 19th 2019
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