Bluff stability is a critical research item during your due diligence as you search for a home and submit an offer, and there are many importants things to research during the time your accepted offer is pending. High bluffs and medium bluffs can present their own set of complicated risks for a purchaser, and apart from hiring an expensive bluff stability engineer for $3,500 to $5,000, a buyer like you may wonder if there is any kind of preliminary research you can do free online.
The answer is a big “yes,” and I’ll show you exactly in this Bluff Stability video how to do that research yourself. I’ll show you how to use Google Earth Pro to travel along any bluff from any angle and any distance to view it as though you were flying your own helicopter over the bluff. I’ll show you how to measure the distance from the top of a bluff to the home or any building on the bluff. I’ll even show you how to view the bluff itself with a graphic image that shows you the precise angle of the bluff, the distance from the water line, and the precise elevation. You’ll be amazed, not with me, but with Google Earth Pro and what it can do that very few people know about.
So let’s get started and jump into the video. As a brief disclaimer, know that I am not a bluff stability engineer, nor to I play one in this video. In 25 years in real estate on the Olympic Peninsula, I’ve learned a lot about bluff stability, or the lack thereof, from bluff stability engineers and through my own research. I’ve read a lot of documentation from authoritative agencies, and I’ve read many bluff stability reports prepared by professional engineers. I’ve also shown over a hundred homes on high bluffs, and I’ve helped clients buy homes on bluffs. I’ve also helped clients terminate pending offers based on information they learned that indicated the bluff stability was in serious question. What I share in this video is intended as information only and as a research tool for you to evaluate on a preliminary basis the most obvious risks of purchasing a beautiful home on a high bluff.
I hope this video is helpful, and if you would like to read more or watch one of my other bluff stability videos, you can do so on this real estate blog with a simple search of the phrase “bluff stability” without the quotes.
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