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Why Residential Property Disclosures

Monday, April 01, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

Why Residential Property Disclosures

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When you decide to sell your home, you're required by law to disclose specific data about your property. Property disclosures are required by most states with their own approved forms which have a required set of questions that must be answered and signed off on before seller lists the property for sale. 


Most states require sellers to complete this form when listing for sale. Nearly all of the questions are a basic yes/no/unknown response. The questions address material facts, major defects, special disclosures, and federal disclosures. All forms vary by state and require different information. 


These include the age of the property, its condition, known problems, and defects. These are all factors that would influence a buyer's decision to purchase your home. These disclosures require you to address known defects, things that are reasonably apparent, to ensure you don't knowingly hide a major defect. 


All significant defects MUST be disclosed. For instance, fire or flood damage. If your home's electrical system isn't up to code, and you're aware of this, it must be shared with potential buyers. Repairs you have completed, as well as improvements and upgrades, should be noted as well.

Since all states have different federal and special disclosure laws, it's imperative that you reach out to a local real estate agent to get assistance with the sale of your home. They'll have a copy of the required disclosures and can assist you to ensure you don't find yourself in hot water, legally, if an important disclosure gets overlooked with buyers.

An honest disclosure statement will help the seller protect themselves from future legal action, and the buyers will have a better understanding of the home they intend to buy.

Before getting started, it’s important to remember, most real estate transactions go quite smoothly, and there are rarely any problems with property disclosures. Homeowners should NOT stress over creating their property disclosure statement lists. An honest disclosure statement helps the seller protect themselves from future legal action, and the buyers will have a better understanding of the home they intend to buy.

Feel free to contact me for more information and as always, thank you for visiting dixie@viewhomesinspokane.com

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