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Rainmaker
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

In Arizona a Seller is not required to disclose. Whether a suicide, natural death, murder, or any other felony was committed at the property.

See Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 32-2156.

 

If the buyer asks, however, it is important that you do not lie to or make misleading statements about the matters above. Instead, either answer honestly or indicate that you will not answer because you are not required to do so by law.

Mar 02, 2018 06:24 PM
Rainmaker
1,115,859
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yes, but each state has it's own statute of limitations.

Mar 02, 2018 06:06 PM
Rainmaker
3,713,360
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Not in North or South Carolina, but you should expect that prospective buyers will still find out somehow. And if asked be sure not to lie.

Mar 03, 2018 05:14 AM
Rainmaker
398,173
PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent)
PropertyMinder, Inc. - San Jose, CA
Modern Tools for the Modern Agent

It probably varies state to state. I'm not entirely sure (and I don't really find it to be a laughing matter). - Tim

Mar 02, 2018 05:53 PM
Rainmaker
3,508,341
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

In CA three years must be disclosed but I would disclose it even if it is longer....Endre

Mar 02, 2018 11:01 PM
Rainmaker
504,088
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Not in our area ...

Mar 02, 2018 09:58 PM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Check with your local real estate commission for the appropriate answer.

Mar 02, 2018 08:54 PM
Ambassador
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Not in NC or SC.

Mar 02, 2018 08:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

It depends on when the deaths occurred. I've had clients decide to disclose even when not necessary because the neighbors knew about the death and the seller didn't want the buyers to be unhappy if they found out after closing.

Mar 02, 2018 07:17 PM
Rainer
214,523
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Look at your disclosure form and consult with your local association.  If an attorney involved, you can confirm it with them as well.  If it is your Buyer and you know, I would disclose (even if I don't have to).  

Mar 02, 2018 06:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

If a murder or suicide took place in a home I was buying I would want to know. In some cultures the buyers would absolutely want to know. As far as the state mandate on disclosing such facts, I would check the standards set for your locality. From the Golden Rule persepective I would recommend disclosure. 

Mar 04, 2018 06:28 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It certainly varies by jurisdiction.  Maybe buyers should consult with Mrs Kravitz.

 

 

J

 

Mar 03, 2018 11:39 AM
Rainmaker
1,231,318
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

PA only requires disclosure of material defects. Check your state law.

Mar 03, 2018 09:27 AM
Rainmaker
812,023
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Not required here, but it's probably a good idea to disclose. Much of that info is online these days, so bettr they hear it from you than from neighbors or google.

Mar 03, 2018 04:29 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

not in our State

Mar 03, 2018 04:26 AM
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Not in my State

Mar 03, 2018 04:00 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Any death that occurred at the property in last 2 years I believe, has to be disclosured. 

Mar 02, 2018 10:48 PM
Rainmaker
1,797,611
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Not in North Dakota Praful Thakkar . We also do NOT have to disclose haunted properties and I've had a few of those.

Mar 02, 2018 06:21 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Follow the disclosure requirements in your state.

Mar 02, 2018 06:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I learned quite a bit...lets learn some more Praful Thakkar 

Mar 02, 2018 05:45 PM
Rainmaker
3,713,523
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

In Texas murder yes, suicide no.  But both should be disclosed.

Mar 04, 2018 05:40 AM
Rainmaker
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Not in Florida...which is a mistake.

I can think of many buyers that would not buy a home like that...which DOES make it a material fact.

Eve

Mar 04, 2018 04:22 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,753
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No need to but if the seller wants to I would

Mar 03, 2018 09:09 PM
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

It varies from state to state.

Mar 03, 2018 07:06 PM
Rainmaker
729,038
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Not required in our market but if we're asked and if we know, it needs to be disclosed...  Been there, done that.....!  An interesting day that was...

Mar 03, 2018 04:21 PM
Rainmaker
498,692
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

In Florida, it is not a material fact.  

Mar 03, 2018 03:57 PM
Ambassador
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

In my home state not required

Mar 03, 2018 01:57 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

disclosure no, answer the question truthfully yes.

Mar 03, 2018 01:18 PM
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Praful Thakkar Stigmatized properties require no disclosure. Code of Virginia § 55-524

Mar 03, 2018 12:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Not in our state.  However, if someone asks an agent if there has been a murder or suicide in the home, and the agent knows there has been, of course they have to disclose it.  But our seller's disclosure statements do not ask this question.

Mar 03, 2018 10:46 AM
Ambassador
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

3 years for a death here in CA but it's worth disclosing regardless of the timing. Why would you not?

Mar 03, 2018 10:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

Not in Florida

 

Mar 03, 2018 10:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, in CA.

Mar 03, 2018 08:56 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We did a blog about this a few years ago. New Jersey is one of only a few states where complete disclosure of physical or psychological impairments is required whether a buyer specifically asks or not. In NJ law, psychological impairments includes murder or suicide on the property. 

Mar 03, 2018 08:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

if it would make a buyer change his/her mind about buying, I would disclose....decades ago I had a young franklin cop and his young family looking for a home.... I found the perfect home.... I gave him the history on that home...he did not want to buy it because someone died in it....not a murder....just a death...

Mar 03, 2018 08:37 AM
Rainer
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Joe D'Agostino
NMLS# 729950 - Manahawkin, NJ
Mortgage Officer 46 years!

No..I just had this happen. Only if the buyer mentions it.

Mar 03, 2018 08:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Death within the last three (3) years in a home must be disclosed in CA.  

Mar 03, 2018 07:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Not in Florida.

Mar 03, 2018 07:26 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I agree with Endre Barath, Jr. .  There is a house in the wine country here, that keeps getting reduced because someone committed suicide in there.  A

Mar 03, 2018 07:12 AM
Rainmaker
707,711
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Nope! We call them stigmatized properties. You don't have to disclose or tell. But... you must answer truthfully 'if' asked.

Mar 03, 2018 06:54 AM
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 nailed this one!

Mar 03, 2018 06:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Refer to the laws of your land.

In many states such disclosure is not required and the listing agent can remain mum. 

Two days before closing of the 'foreclosure home' the optimistic buyer excited about moving it the the newly refurbished home, ran into the neighbor. The true story of the gruesome machete murder told by the neighbor snuffed out all optimism.

Disclosure and price reduction accompanied second attempt.

Did the listing agent suffer ramifications for remaining mum?

No.

Was it because it was a foreclosure or because folks really don't care?

Mar 03, 2018 05:48 AM
Rainer
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Macy Babb ... North Georgia Realtor
Re/Max Around Atlanta Realtor - 404-234-6166 - Cartersville, GA
Realtor, SFR, HUD/REO Certified

Only if asked and if you have "knoweledge" here ... 

Mar 03, 2018 05:42 AM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Nope, unless it effects habitability which once the body is removed is no problem.

Mar 03, 2018 05:41 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not in our market.

Mar 03, 2018 05:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

In CT, those types of disclosures are pecifically not required by law. If listing agent aware and if asked, then it would be a moral obligation to be truthful.

Mar 03, 2018 05:15 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

State laws.

Mar 03, 2018 03:05 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

One of my staff went to a showing where the red fan on the wall did the disclosing, he did not make an offer.

Mar 02, 2018 10:56 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

They took this out of our disclosure

Mar 02, 2018 10:11 PM
Ambassador
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Not in Tennessee it isn't thanks to the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. Voluntary disclosure is accepted.

Mar 02, 2018 07:40 PM
Rainmaker
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I knew two persons who got burned to death at burned site because the local newspaper says so. I thought few would be interested. It had 20 offers first week. Six months later it was back on the market. In all the disclosures the realtor never mentioned any thing.... I have low respect for that agent.

Mar 02, 2018 06:37 PM
Ambassador
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Not in Florida.

     If you have a fiduciary with the Seller, you could damage their position by disclosing that information.  You may want to seek legal counsel when listing property that many people will consider "stigmatized".

Mar 02, 2018 06:21 PM
Rainmaker
4,554,099
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Not in Colorado, this is up to the buyer to discover.  I usually tell my Sellers the buyer will find out, and may want to disclosure upfront, so if they want to terminate, they can.

Mar 05, 2018 04:25 PM
Rainmaker
1,434,894
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

In Texas an unnatural causes death must be reported and those two are not considered a natural cause death.

Mar 05, 2018 01:56 PM
Rainmaker
3,842,794
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Most states seem to be shying away from a disclosure requirement.

Mar 04, 2018 04:53 PM
Ambassador
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Not in our state.  And if a listing agent did disclose it, they could be putting their seller at a disadvantage by stigmatizing the property.

Mar 04, 2018 10:13 AM