Home buyers take action after finding undisclosed defects

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Recently, a home buyer found out after the house was his that the seller failed to tell him about a drainage problem. During rainstorms, muddy runoff accumulated in the swimming pool. The buyer found it hard to believe that the seller hadn't known about this. The property is in California where disclosure laws require sellers to disclose material facts about the property to prospective buyers. A material fact is one that would influence whether or not the buyer would buy the property, or the price he would pay. It's possible that the problem occurred for the first time after the buyer took possession. The buyer's home inspector did not note the faulty drainage condition. Problems can arise in all houses, even new ones. The buyer mentioned above also experienced another problem involving the roof. In this case, there was evidence that previous repairs had been made. HOUSE HUNTING TIP: To get a clear picture of a property's condition before you buy it, ask sellers for a list of repairs...