Skeptical of seller disclosures

How can buyers sort fact from fiction?

DEAR BARRY: In several of your past columns, buyers had alleged that the sellers deliberately withheld disclosure of known defects. How can a buyer determine whether a seller did or did not know about a particular problem? –Joe

DEAR JOE: The short and simple answer is that buyers often do not know when nondisclosure is intentional or innocent. Each situation has its own unique variables, so let’s consider some possibilities.

As most people know, sellers must provide buyers with a written disclosure statement of all known property defects.