AgentIndustry News

Dos and don’ts of seller disclosures

It's best to avoid diagnosing defects
Published on Jul 16, 2009

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Almost every state in the U.S. requires both sellers and their agents to make disclosures about the condition of the for-sale home. How you make these disclosures can move your transaction forward or land you in a lawsuit.

The company I worked for in California once did a study to determine the factors that were most likely to result in litigation. There were three primary predictors: attorney clients, new construction, and hillside properties. They also found that the closer the property was to Century City (where there was a high concentration of attorneys), the more likely we were to be sued.

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