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Selling Your Home - Disclosure
Whose Obligation Is It To Disclose Pertinent Information About A Property?
The Seller is
required to disclose all facts materially affecting the
property that are known or accessible.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Homeowner's Association Dues
- Any Restrictions on the use of the property - Zoning & Association
- Permits for Work Done on the house
- Presence of any
- Noises which a prospective buyer might not notice i.e. Dog barking at night
- Poor TV reception
- Death that occurred in the house within
What Are The Standard Contingencies?
Most purchase offers include standard contingencies:
Financing - the sale is dependent upon Buyer qualifying and obtaining a loan
- Inspection - Buyer should have professionals inspect the property to Buyer's satisfaction.
- Seller to maintain property in its present condition until
- Title - Seller's ability to provide a clear title
Do I Need An Attorney When I Buy A House?
You do not need an attorney in California.
What Repairs Should The Seller Make?
- If the Seller is aware of any safety items they should be repaired prior to listing the property for sale.
Do sellers have to disclose the terms of other
Sellers are not legally obligated to disclose the terms of other
offers to prospective buyers.
Will A Neighbor Problem Reduce The Value Of My Property?
- It may reduce the value. A cluttered
landscape next door can detract from the positive aspects of your home.
your local laws which should be on file at the public library, county law
library or City Hall. A typical "junk vehicle" ordinance, for example, requires
any disabled car to either be enclosed or placed behind a fence.
- Most cities
prohibit parking any vehicle on a city street too long. It also may be
worthwhile to check into local zoning ordinances.
- An operator of a home-based
business usually is required to obtain a variance or permanent zoning change in
- In addition, if a neighbor's repair work produces loud
noises, he may be breaking local noise-control ordinances, which are enforced by
the police department.
- Before bringing in the authorities, you may want to make
a copy of the pertinent ordinance and give it to your neighbor to give them a
chance to correct the problem.
* "Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries and Noise," Cora
Jordan, Nolo Press, Berkeley, Calif.; 1991.