Drug-dealing neighbors warrant disclosure

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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.Living next door to people who are at odds with the law affects the value and desirability of your property, not to mention the safety and security of children and other residents on your street. Whether the law specifically mandates such conditions for disclosure is irrelevant. As a licensed pr...