We looked at a house today which appears to have potential - fix up, update and sell at a profit or stay and homestead on 1/2 acre. The problem is 3 of the concrete block basement walls have horizontal cracks in mortar joints. (4th wall is against garage) The cracks aren't straight around - they drop down 1 row as it goes around just about the freeze line. 1/4"+ in some places, but no obvious bowing. Our real estate agent (she is working for us) suggested asking the sellers to have a structural inspection done. She's already talked to the seller's agent and it sounds like the seller will not be inclined to go along - he never had a problem with the basement. In other words, he ignored the problem with the basement like he ignored alot of other maintenance. Gutters are full and falling off - which is part of the foundation problem. Our agent's next suggestion is to write an offer contingent on structural inspection with cost split between us and seller. But we don't want to risk losing something like $200 without a better idea of whether or not the problem can be truly fixed. Thoughts and experiences?