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William Piotrowski, Just Call William 630-881-8655 (Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )

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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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 Suggest they ask borrower's agent.

I found out there is a female sex offender in my neighborhood I mentioned to my wife.  She says good luck to all men in the neighborhood. That includes you Sam!

Jan 19, 2016 10:53 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No, never. If I'm asked, I forward them to a website to check. 

Here is my blog post about it: http://activerain.com/blogsview/3088718/sex-offenders-info---megan-s-law-


From the post above: 

Check carefully ( if possible) the reason a person is on that list.

There is a chance, she/he is  not 'high risk creepy criminal' but someone who made mistake, it is just too easy to get on that list. 

Jan 19, 2016 04:43 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     How many of Obama's "Refugees" will make this list?  Look at what has happened in Cologne, Germany.  Do these people get on the "list" here in America?

Jan 19, 2016 02:52 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

what kind of "clients" do you have if you  not an agent?

And in Georgia our contract actually has the website and tells buyers if they are concerned they should check it. I make sure clients know it says that, but I do not check it on their behalf.

Jan 19, 2016 09:54 AM
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I normally suggest to buyers to check & google the area they are interested in.

Jan 19, 2016 09:13 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

No, we refer them to the Sheriff's Dept if they don't know how to search for it.

Jan 19, 2016 08:48 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

No I do not-that is up to the buyer and his due diligence.

Jan 19, 2016 07:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't... it's not something we are required to do in our market and our buyers know it's up to them to do this due diligence. I've looked on sites like this previously and all I can tell you is that no matter what address I put in, there was at least one registered sex offender fairly close by. At that rate, no house would ever be sold.

Jan 19, 2016 07:26 PM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Not my place to bring up negatives, but if it comes up in conversation than I would suggest using apps. that are available. 

Much like schools here in Louisville, there are so many caveats, it is best for the client to contact the school system if there is a concern.

Too much liability for the agent if the information comes directly from us, on both topics.

Jan 19, 2016 06:58 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Wednesday morning William Piotrowski . It is my understanding that if you check the registered sex offenders website, then you have knowledge that you must disclose. I've always understood it's up to the buyer to do that.

Jan 19, 2016 05:26 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

The list here is easily available online.  The Washington Post even has it on their web site.  But no.  I don't check it.

Jan 19, 2016 12:28 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I don't usually but I encourage buyers to check if they are concerned. 

Jan 19, 2016 11:40 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have to agree with what Tammy Lankford said. Our contract points out to the buyer that it is up to them to check with local law enforcement for registered sex offenders. 

I did have this come up with some buyers last year. They labored over their decision to buy this beautiful piece of land with amazing mountain views. They ended up terminating the contract because a six offended lived about five acres away. 

Jan 19, 2016 10:21 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Here's an interesting article that you may want to read.  NAR is suggesting we do, except in very specific states. 

Jan 19, 2016 10:19 AM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. Virginia just added 5000 more offenders to the registry, and people can just check the VA State Police website if they want.

Jan 19, 2016 09:23 AM
Susan Emo
Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

We don't have such a list in Canada.

Jan 19, 2016 09:14 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

No. It is the duty of the home buyer to check out the Registered Sex Offender List.  

Jan 19, 2016 08:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I beileve it is the duty of the buyer to check this database although they should, in the disclosure process, be made aware it exists.

Jan 19, 2016 08:31 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties


Jan 19, 2016 08:21 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

It is the duty of the home buyer to check out the Registered Sex Offender List.  The Agents in indiana will gladly direct you to the website. The information is also on our Purchase Contracts.

Jan 19, 2016 07:59 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

That the clients should check the database for the owner of the home? We have a general disclosure stating it is the client's responsibility to check the registry on their own. Interesting post.

Jan 19, 2016 07:56 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

William - We have a Buyers Advisory document that has that information, as well as a ton of additional information for the buyer to review. Every buyer has to sign and date that they have received a copy. At that point, it is up to them do perform their own due diligence on anything and everything that is included in that document. Of course I will be there to assist them in any way I can.

Jan 21, 2016 05:11 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I do not.  It is up to the buyer to determine if the house is near an offender, should they be concerned about that.  We do have SEVERAL disclosures about "Megan's Law" and the sex offender registry and buyers have to sign/initial the page with it on it. 

Jan 20, 2016 11:01 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Megan's Law is in our contract, and important for buyers to check out if this is important to them.

Jan 20, 2016 07:16 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No I checked it once and found it rather vague and confusing, if others are concerned I suggest that they take a look at the website and call the police department to find out if any of the people they find on there are dangerous.

Jan 19, 2016 11:10 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

The link to the website is included in our state disclosures.  

Jan 19, 2016 09:23 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No, nor do I check crime statics or school ratings.

Jan 19, 2016 09:21 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Due to liability there should be a disclosure and the buyer should be encouraged to check it as well

Jan 19, 2016 09:19 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

I believe that is against the rules for us to forward that information so no it is up to the client.

Jan 19, 2016 08:40 PM
Brenda J. Andrew RENE, PSA, MRP, SRS
Professional Realtor in N Houston & Corpus Christi

I don't check it myself but do suggest to clients to check.  I like for them to satisfy themselves with the location of the property and everything & everyone around it.  

Jan 19, 2016 08:35 PM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

That is part of a buyers due diligence in New Jersey. I do not check the registry for my Clients but I do tell them its available.

Jan 19, 2016 08:34 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning William. Some do, as it has been mentioned, I absolutely would check it out.

Jan 19, 2016 04:55 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

William Piotrowski it is a good idea to do so. However, never asked my client to do so, yet.

Jan 19, 2016 02:45 PM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

No, I do direct my buyers to the site. Another great site is http://www.crimemapping.com/map.aspx You can look at all crimes in an area for that week. Not all Police departments use it, but it can be interesting to say the least.  It's always great to see 0 crimes reported in your area, compared to some that are 120+ in a week!

Jan 19, 2016 11:54 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

PAR form provide website for sex offender regis

Jan 19, 2016 11:41 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Most of the answers are pertaining to neighboring residents to the home for sale. I think it would also be pertinent to check on the buyer that wants to see the house...

Jan 19, 2016 11:17 AM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

The client should check the data base as per the contract.

Jan 19, 2016 11:02 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

No, but I do point out the website listed in the contract.

Jan 19, 2016 10:51 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

The web site is provided to the Buyer in the Maryland contract and it is the Buyers option to check if they wish to do so. BTW: I had a Buyer who did check and decided not to purchase a particular property because there was a registered sex offender living next door

Jan 19, 2016 08:14 AM