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Comment: Re:welcome to home buying 101 (Score 1) 221

by alen (#49354073) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

most counties you can't get a Certificate of Occupancy on a home without power, water and sewage. You can't just build a house. you have to file the permits with the county, have it inspected and have the county issue a certificate that it is fit for habitation.

and if you are buying an existing home the bank will force you to pay for an inspection, they will check FEMA flood maps and the resale values before they write you a check to protect their investment. and a lot of people will hire a real engineer instead of an inspector for a more detailed inspection because a lot of states have weak laws and existing owners will try to hide a lot of major problems

Comment: Re:Idiocy, not betrayal (Score 1) 221

by alen (#49353651) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

for what? there aren't any losses. comcast didn't offer a contract for service when he called to verify if he can get service. they have some crappy database that probably covers large areas and not every single home because when new homes are built it's not like they are magically added to comcast's database.

he should have asked the previous owner who their provider was and offered to pay for a month or two of service before the paperwork was signed to make sure it would be installed and working when he moved in

Comment: welcome to home buying 101 (Score 4, Insightful) 221

by alen (#49353535) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Always verify everything yourself and don't trust anyone.

Pay for the previous owner's internet for a month or two just to make sure you can have it in the home. Ask for utility bills

A lot of sellers will try to hide major problems like mold and previous flooding which is why you need a good inspector. And don't trust the realtor

Comment: it is who pays the bills (Score 1) 68

by alen (#49328725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happened To Semantic Publishing?

we have these newspaper boxes in NYC as well and they hold a lot of local and foreign language newspapers where people advertise local contractor services as well as rooms in their not so legally modified homes that were meant for one family.

stuff that people usually don't advertise through your internet ad agencies

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.