Renee Paray, REALTOR (Coldwell Banker Preferred)

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Only if it was included in the contract as a buyer stipulation !   There's no requirement here but I would include it in negotiations as a requirement or concession from the seller on a property with a tank.   You never know what will be uncovered ( no pun intended ) when the septic company opens that lid. Hopefully their comment won't be, . . . . . Aw, Sh . . . . !

Mar 16, 2016 10:41 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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It may depend on any state regulations and certainly what's in the contract. I also request a septic inspection and certification from the seller (in the few I have done) so that necessitates pumping for an inspection. I had a deal here in CA where the tank did not pass and in order to sell the seller had to put in a new tank. We sold a home in MA years ago and as I recall a Title 5 inspecton is required in order to sell

Mar 16, 2016 10:48 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Not in North Carolina. This is a state by state requirement.

Mar 16, 2016 08:56 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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Depends on the wording in your purchase agreement.   

Mar 16, 2016 07:48 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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We write it into the contract and it is a negotiation item.  All of my Buyers have the tank pumped and inspected.  You don't want them stuck with a $30K bill for a new system a few months down the road!

Mar 16, 2016 12:21 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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AZ law, yes. Unless pumped within 6 months prior, must be pumped as part of transfer.

Mar 16, 2016 11:59 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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As a buyer representative, It would be a great suggestion to your buyer to have the tank inspected and clean as part of due diligence period.

Mar 16, 2016 11:40 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
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Renee Paray The PA Seller Disclosure form asks seller to indicate how often the septic is serviced and when last serviced.

See #10 Sewage System D. Tanks &Service

Mar 16, 2016 10:54 AM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
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Not in my area, its up to the buyer to do septic tank inspection

Mar 16, 2016 10:53 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
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Not unless it's in the Contract. 

     Sellers should have the drain field inspected and the septic tank pumped before putting the house on the market. 

    If they don't, then the Buyer should write it into the Contract.  The last thing you want is a bad septic system.

Mar 16, 2016 10:47 AM
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Michael J. Perry
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NO, however most will need to do it for the Buyers Septic Inspection

Mar 16, 2016 10:25 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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Not in my area. I remember a time that the appraisers required septic tank certifications and cleaning but now it is usually only if the buyer asks for it as part of the repair or negotiating process.

Mar 16, 2016 10:20 AM
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Renee. It is a good idea to have a report done and the tank pumped will give any prospective buyer confidence in the rest of the property.

Mar 16, 2016 06:51 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
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Only if specified in the contract. Our contracts do require disclosure of most recent service for septic tanks.

Mar 16, 2016 06:24 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Renee Paray - to best of my knowledge - in MA, the sellers need TITLE V clearance only - that does not mean they need to clean the septic.

Mar 16, 2016 03:06 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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one of the counties I work in requires this the others do not.

Mar 16, 2016 03:02 PM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
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Not "required" but often negotiated. If there's a septic tank, I advise my buyer to have it inspected. That will show if it's needed or not.

Mar 16, 2016 12:48 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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This city girl doesn't to do too many septic tank deals, and each time I have to read the boilerplate in the contract 

Mar 16, 2016 12:24 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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No. You actually don't want it pumped out before the septic inspection. After inspection, it might or might not need to be pumped.

Mar 16, 2016 11:25 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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I've not listed or sold a home with a septic tank.  I would check with your local experts and consult with what the contract says. 

Mar 16, 2016 10:29 AM
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Pete Xavier
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No, unless there is a state/local ordinance that requires it or agreed upon in contract. Price adjustments could come into play depending on the condition during a recommended inspection.

Mar 16, 2016 09:55 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
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Not here in IL unless it is not working properly. It must be inspected by the county before close. We have 'upgraded' septic fields to bio-hazard zones if they are not working correctly. 

Mar 16, 2016 09:54 AM
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Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
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Depends on the state.  If cash and no inspection, probably not.

Mar 16, 2016 12:09 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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I do not believe it is a requirement, but usually is on the inspection notice to seller.

Mar 18, 2016 12:00 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I think, it depends on your city requirements if any? If i were representing a buyer and knew about septic tank, I'd added it to buyer requests.

Mar 17, 2016 06:32 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
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Mine do. Don't think it's mandatory.  There is an inspection required.

Mar 17, 2016 10:14 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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Tha depends on the area you live in.

In my area , some local gevernments require a certification of the system.  In order to do that the tank must be pumped.   

Some authorities require you to pump your tank 3 years

Mar 17, 2016 07:05 AM
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Tony Lewis
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The seller is not requited to do much of anything except disclose all pertinent knowledge of the home and clear all liens at the close of escrow.

Mar 17, 2016 03:32 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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No, but as buyers agents we do coach our buyers to have a septic inspection and that requires a pump out although at the buyers' expense.

Mar 17, 2016 03:08 AM
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Roy Kelley
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Look at the terms of the contract and your local regulations.

Mar 17, 2016 01:58 AM
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Bob Crane
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Not sure if that is part of the personal possessions that are required to be removed by closing, will have to examine the contract to be sure.

Mar 17, 2016 01:18 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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If requested! You would want to start out with a CLEAN slate...yes?

Mar 17, 2016 12:33 AM
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Wayne Martin
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Not in any jurisdiction I have practiced in!

Mar 17, 2016 12:05 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Not unless they also operate a septic tank service company!! 

Mar 16, 2016 11:52 PM
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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
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Not in my market, unless there is an issue during inspection.

Mar 16, 2016 11:46 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
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We have it in the contract for normal sales and it would be up to the seller to take care of the inspection and get rid of their leavings.

Mar 16, 2016 11:17 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
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If a septic inspection is requested.  It usually is.

Mar 16, 2016 10:52 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Not in Texas unless that condition was agreed to in the contract.

Mar 16, 2016 10:30 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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They are not REQUIRED to, but should

Mar 16, 2016 10:27 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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Not in this area.  Interestingly, it's often the buyer who pays for that pump out during their inspection.

Mar 16, 2016 10:02 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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May depend on state laws.

Mar 16, 2016 09:58 PM