Can you say, TERMITES?
Today there was a posting from JAY MARKANICH about brick walls leaking and the damage that can occur if that happens. Jay inspired me to post a photo I took last week in Salado, TX just north of Sun City Texas, in Georgetown. Whenever I see a condition like this I think of my home inspector friends and imagine what fun they must have have when they get to to inspect a property with obvious issues.
Not all issues with homes are so obvoius. Get your home inspected, by a trained, licensed, and competent home inspector. It's some of the best money you can spend for peace of mind.