Mortar separation from the stones on wall

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Old 01-24-19, 06:57 PM
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Mortar separation from the stones on wall

I'm looking to buy a house built in 2008 and it has mortar separated from stones in several areas. I've attached a photo that shows one area with such separation. Is this a concern?
 
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Old 01-25-19, 12:01 AM
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Difficult to say from just the one photo.

If you follow the crack down to the foundations is it cracked also, that would indicate a foundation issue causing the wall to shift which could be a concern .

If foundation is solid then its possible that minor settling took place causing the joint to crack which would be less concerning.
 
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Can you access/view that wall on the other side?
 
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I've seen many houses with doors not closing properly, cracks in the bricks/stones and drywall due to foundation settlement. But this house has none of that, cracks are only between the mortar and the stones. And these cracks don't reach down to the foundation, and there are no cracks on foundation below these.

On one side of the foundation, it seems to be entirely covered with thin layer of cement. I can see small bulging of what might be gravels. According to the realtor, the builders do that to make it look smoother/cleaner as sometime the edges don't come out clean after removing the form.

On the other side of the foundation, there is a hairline crack. It doesn't look too bad for 10 year old house.

There are two expansion joints on both sides of the house.
 
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The odds are it's ok although there isn't a substitute for having a foundation specialist do an onsite inspection.
 
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