This section of brick separated because of an above leak that entered behind the brick veneer. The damage accumulated over this past winter when the freeze / thaw effect pushes the brick away from its underlayment.
Freezing water expands and breaks the seal that holds the brick to the mortar. It is only a matter of time before the damage is noticeable and repairs are needed.
This kind of damage can scare a buyer away. If there is above damage to the soffits and roof due to breaks in the flashing then the repairs can be even more extensive.
As home inspectors in NJ we have a duty to make sure the buyer knows to call in contractors for estimates prior to closing. That way they know exactly what to expect after they move in.
If you are buying a house call Pinnacle for your home inspection needs. 800-989-3872 or visit us on the web at www.pinnaclehomeinspections.com