Drug-dealing neighbors warrant disclosure

Providing facts to buyers is always the best practice

DEAR BARRY: We just listed our home for sale because crime in the neighborhood has become intolerable. The neighbors next door have been dealing drugs and the police have raided their house twice in the past year. We were planning to disclose these circumstances to buyers, but our agent says this kind of disclosure may not be a legal requirement. She’s going to check this out with her broker. What are your thoughts on this matter? –Gerry

DEAR GERRY: Your agent has a distorted perspective regarding real estate disclosure. She is apparently asking herself, "What do I legally have to disclose?" rather than simply disclosing every known fact that would be of concern to buyers.