We have made an offer on a home (in North Carolina, United States). We noticed a discrepancy between the county's assessment of square footage, and the actual square footage. Additions have been made to the house. The inspector didn't find any serious problems with the house (electrical, foundation, etc).
We do not know if the additions were properly permitted. If they were not, there is a chance the owners have a responsibility to retroactively permit (if the additions were made after 1986, this holds).
I am getting frustrated because our real estate agent is not helping us with this matter, but wants to just "let it slide." She is saying if we want to persue it, we should go to the city to figure out what's going on. My attitude is this is the sort of thing we are paying her for, that she should work with the sellers' agent and figure this issue out before we buy the house (we are still in due diligence period).
Am I being reasonable to expect her to work to figure this out, or is she right that this is something we need to take care of? It seems everyone just wants us to pretend there is no problem here, but everyone except us has a lot to gain from letting it slide, so I'm a bit paranoid.
The seller's agent let us know that the additions were all done long before their client moved in, so the work was done before 1986. They also have provided all permits for minor work that has been done since 1986. The only problem remaining is how do we prove the other work was done before 1986, if the city asks us to do so? I guess that's a different question, and probably not right for this forum?