Need opinion on photo of structual/foundation issue....

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I just came across this property.  Great area and house house great potential.  Then I found this.  I haven't been inside yet.  Would like some advice before I proceed.  This house is in the midwest.  What do you think?  How extensive is this sort of repair?  How costly?

If that is it, then it probably isn't too bad. Structurally, horizontal cracks are more worrisome. Per cost, I have no idea. Could be as minor as duck-pointing or as major as a small foundation lift. Nevertheless, small foundation cracks are not that big of a deal.

IMO, it appears that the water from the down spout may not be diverted away from the house, flowing to the left to the corner and allowing the foundation to settle toward the left.

I'd check the soil! 

That may not need to be "jacked" look up foundation jacking or mud jacking.

"Point tucking" might cover the appearance issue and pass an inspection as the brick course lines aren't that far off. If that is brick over frame, you may be able to lift, slowly over time, that corner bringing the left side up. "duck pointing" will likely get you daffy duck, funny typo. Point tucking can be a DIY job on that one.

But, it appears to me, my first guess, is that the drainage from the down spout is the problem, put a connection on the end and divert the water further away from the foundation! 

I wouldn't let that get in the way of a good deal, just get an estimate and point tucking (filling with concrete) might do. Good luck :)

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hi jeremy. i would agree with bill. i would bet the downspout was draining right next to the foundation which is completely against the whole point of a downspout. you want to devert water away from the house, not dump huge amounts of water right next to the house......lol. i would have to say, from a home inspectors point of view, the water has probably eroded the soil beneath the footing and caused the footing to collapse, allowing the foundation to crack and collapse with it. you could get away with just tuck pointing it, but it will come back. the repairs could be extensive and expensive and jacking the house could be involved. it could also involve a small area of the footing/ foundation and allow you to rebuild just that area too. hard to say without actually being there. check with a local structural engineer and weigh the costs verses the value of the house. after all, thats what real estate investing gets down to. good luck to you

I appreciate the quick responses!

Originally posted by @Jeremy Jackson :

I just came across this property.  Great area and house house great potential.  Then I found this.  I haven't been inside yet.  Would like some advice before I proceed.  This house is in the midwest.  What do you think?  How extensive is this sort of repair?  How costly?

Nothing major IMO,

The biggest foundation issues are in basements and under the ground level.

Visible displacement there is a NO DEAL lol

Thanks

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