Encinitas Realtor Explains California Seller Disclosure Law

Encinitas Realtor Linda Moore explains the California Disclosure Law for home sellers. Encinitas Realtor also covers why full disclosure is the best policy on your homes for sale in Encinitas. 

California has some of the strictest disclosure requirements of any state, requiring that sellers provide home buyers with a form that lists all potential defects of a home – anything from a leaky roof to neighborhood nuisances such as loud neighbors and more. Additionally it is required of sellers to list any natural disasters the home may be in danger of in a Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement.

If you are looking to sell your home in Encinitas you may be concerned about disclosing certain items or issues if they are minor out of concern that you won’t sell your home, but the quality of the sale and the peace of mind that you will have knowing that you have disclosed all necessary information will be worth putting all of those issues on paper.

Buyers want to know that they are dealing with a seller who is fair and trustworthy and one of the most detrimental things that can happen to a sale is the buyer getting caught failing to disclose defects of the home. Here are a few tips from an Encinitas Realtor on how you can make sure that you are providing full disclosure:

  • Home Inspection – Getting a home inspection when you are considering selling your home should be one of the first things that you do. The inspection will alert you to all potential defects and allow you to decide if there are issues that you want to address before the sale or leave on the disclosure form. You may find that for minor issues the buyer is willing to overlook them in order to close the sale.
  • Ask Your Real Estate Agent or Attorney – This is one of the key reasons to seek the help of professionals on the sale of your home. Perhaps one of your neighbors was subject to their car being broken into five years ago and you wonder if you should disclose that information. A professional will guide you through what is immaterial and what should be disclosed so that you are protected from legal problems after the sale.

  • When in Doubt Disclose– If you are in doubt of disclosing information it is probably best to err on the side of disclosure, as doing so will provide both you and the buyer with peace of mind.

You can learn more about the State of California Disclosure in Real Property Transactions by reading the PDF file provided in the link. If you are looking to sell your home in Encinitas and want the help of a real estate agent in Encinitas call me at 760-310-0234.

By Linda Moore

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