Category: Sinkhole News for Realtors

June 16, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

The State of Florida also does not enforce any concrete rules requiring builders to test for sinkhole activity prior to new construction. The best indicators to look for as a purchaser are visible cracks to the home. Take a good look and if none are visible, the concern should be low. You may also want to check the property appraiser’s website to see if any neighboring homes have had confirmed sinkhole claims although this may be a tedious project.

June 1, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

During the 2005 legislative session, A wide variety of new statutes for Florida sinkholes were adopted. Before you think this change was to protect homebuyers, it was not. Instead, it was designed to mark homes with sinkhole damage, so that no future insurance company would insure it unless the proper repairs could be documented.

May 7, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

This is an example of an active sinkhole, which is using water and pressure to grow in size. Many times, once these sinkholes stop growing, developers will literally fill these in and build on top of them. When we get involved later, we find stories of about the history of the property, or even find arial photos taken prior to the construction. These then show how the homes were built right on top of these geological conditions. Never a good idea.

April 2, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

However, sellers will typically downplay the damage as “just minor settlement” or that “there was never actually a sink hole found”. Just as you would want to see a Carfax report on a used car, don’t just take their word for it and demand the seller provide you with copies of the original testing and also of the repairs performed and make sure the repairs were certified by a professional engineer.

March 26, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

ABC Action News in New York shows here a video of how a sinkhole forced the demolition of a home in York last week. They also reported about some large sinkholes causing damage in both Dauphin and Adams counties. The problem is underground limestone, a type of rock that runs under much of the midstate. But there is a way to protect your home. Purchasing sinkhole insurance.