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Disclosure covers more than property defects

Why home inspectors shouldn't ignore odors

DEAR BARRY: An article on your website stated that real estate agents, sellers and home inspectors should disclose neighborhood conditions, besides the usual property defects. I think this is going too far. Disclosure requirements involve things such as plumbing, roofing and electrical problems, not conditions such as low-flying aircraft, nearby factories or sex offenders in the neighborhood. I also object to the idea that home inspectors should disclose odors, because that is subjective and does not necessarily involve property defects. Disclosure requirements are for real issues that pertain to the property. Conditions in the neighborhood can be discovered by homebuyers if they drive through the area and do some research on the Internet. --Karen DEAR KAREN: You seem to have misunderstood the article. Nothing was said about home inspectors disclosing low-flying aircraft or sex offenders in the neighborhood. The main point was that sellers and Realtors who are aware of s...