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Dover home buyer in deposit dispute with seller over rotting wood

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The home at 2907 Fritzke Road The home at 2907 Fritzke Road
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Brooksye Hall thought he had found his dream home, a hundred-year-old house behind a gate in Dover.

The seller accepted his $300,000 offer, and he put down $1,000 to hold the deal. But the inspection of the home at 2907 Fritzke Road went terribly wrong when the inspector touched the marble on the fireplace. A slab of marble fell off, revealing rotten wood.

"I mean to admire it, touch it.  Not pushing, not pulling it, touch it to admire it, and it falls off in his hand," Hall said.

And that's not all.

"My breaking point is when the whole house is sitting on old, rotten logs and bricks turned the wrong way, with tiles like you would put on your floor wedged in there to support the house. all the floor joists rotted away, where you could stick a screwdriver through the whole floor joist," said Hall.

Hall said he still wanted the house, but he wanted the seller to fix the foundation and replace rotting wood. Hall says a contract gave him an estimate of $48,000.

When the seller declined major repairs to secure the foundation, Hall backed out of the deal. He was surprised to learn the seller planned to keep his deposit because of the marble that fell off during the inspection.

A spokeswoman from Coldwell Banker, the company representing the seller, said the dispute boils down to the contract, which says damage caused during the inspection will forfeit the deposit.

So, if Hall continues to stand his ground, it may take a judge to decide who gets to keep his deposit. Now that the seller knows about the damage, though, Florida Law requires them to disclose that to future buyers.

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