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Old 12-02-2012, 11:55 PM
 
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realtor here, definitely don't object to their existence.

every potential buyer is educated on Megan's Law and of websites like familywatchdog.us.. at that point, it is at the buyers discretion.
Interesting passive sentence. Who is doing the education?
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:15 AM
 
Location: northern va
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Interesting passive sentence. Who is doing the education?
the extent I would get involved is to explain that in my state, the buyers should exercise whatever diligence they feel necessary to research any and all prospective locations they may choose to purchase a property in, and to not rely on the sellers to disclose any information concerning the existence or not of a registered offender.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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the extent I would get involved is to explain that in my state, the buyers should exercise whatever diligence they feel necessary to research any and all prospective locations they may choose to purchase a property in, and to not rely on the sellers to disclose any information concerning the existence or not of a registered offender.
Perhaps that's a service better left to the buyer's agent. They seem to be used much more frequently around here lately.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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the extent I would get involved is to explain that in my state, the buyers should exercise whatever diligence they feel necessary to research any and all prospective locations they may choose to purchase a property in, and to not rely on the sellers to disclose any information concerning the existence or not of a registered offender.
I do AGREE with KWW to a certain degree. Although not legally obligated, I still feel it makes good business sense as an agent to disclose that snippet of information, even though that may or may not result in a possible no-sale. It's better to provide all and every information and know that you have done your best professionally than to stand accused of not being completely forward.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:47 AM
 
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I do AGREE with KWW to a certain degree. Although not legally obligated, I still feel it makes good business sense as an agent to disclose that snippet of information, even though that may or may not result in a possible no-sale. It's better to provide all and every information and know that you have done your best professionally than to stand accused of not being completely forward.
Well you wouldn't have my listing for long if you did it without my permission.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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Well you wouldn't have my listing for long if you did it without my permission.
CAVA well of course as an agent you are first working in the interest of your client so it is important to discuss it over but complete full disclosure is always best. That's my own personal opinion and no one else has to share it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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Perhaps that's a service better left to the buyer's agent. They seem to be used much more frequently around here lately.

Good point. I was wondering why the controversy on this. It must be the person isn't familiar with buyer's agents, which are more and more popular around the country...makes sense.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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CAVA well of course as an agent you are first working in the interest of your client so it is important to discuss it over but complete full disclosure is always best. That's my own personal opinion and no one else has to share it.
What are you considering complete disclosure. As I mentioned a few posts back it is on the state addendum that the buyer should check the registry.

I'm not a realtor but I know some. I've asked them about this over the years since I'm interested in it. Surprisingly some buyers say they're not worried...those have gotten really low prices on homes after they went through foreclosure. Others are concerned not only about their own family, wife or children, but also about resale.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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There are different requirements for disclosure depending upon whether the agent is representing the buyer or the seller. The seller is only required to disclose information about the condition of the property, not whether the neighbor is a sex offender. The seller also does not have to disclose if there has been a murder in the property or if the house is thought to be haunted, and the seller's agent may not disclose these situations without the seller's permission. In my opinion, the buyer's agent has a greater responsibility, and at the very least, must furnish the buyer with the Megan's Law Disclosure which advises the buyer to contact the local police department of the Department of State Police Central Records Exchange at 804-674-2000 or Virginia State Police. I would also advise just googling the property address, you may be surprised at what you find.

A conflict arises when the listing agent also represents the buyer (dual agency). Some states do not allow this (Maryland is one) and I think Virginia should also forbid dual agency. I do not allow it in my brokerage as I do not see how you can avoid a conflict of interest when you represent both sides. The temptation to the listing agent to collect the whole commission if the sale goes through, in my opinion, is too great to give proper representation to the buyer. I'm sure I'll hear about this from my fellow Realtors.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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Who, crickets or realtors?
I'm not sure about realtors and the sex offender registry. Realtors work for people. How about posing the question do buyers and sellers care about the registry.
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