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Old 12-03-2012, 01:31 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, 07:12 PM
 
Location: northern va
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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.
sorry, my comment was from a buyers agent perspective
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:14 PM
 
Location: northern va
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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.
I agree concerning the dual representation... wont do it
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:02 PM
 
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Is it ok to contact police department to find out if any sex offenders live near by a particular address where we are going to buy a house?

Is it legal to do this?
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:40 PM
 
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Also, when i checked crimereports website, I find a blank photo of an offender.
When I checked in a different area where they had a few offenders but showed their photos.
Why is that?
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Is it ok to contact police department to find out if any sex offenders live near by a particular address where we are going to buy a house?

Is it legal to do this?
No law addresses this, or at least didn't when I retired in 09 from a PD. But each department will have their own policy so until you call you'll never know. Google their home web page and you might find an answer in there. Or just look at the state PD web site and see what you come up with. There are other web sites as well. You might notice that many sex offenders live within a short distance of the courthouse, or wherever the probation offices are located, so they are close for court dates and required meetings.
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