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Old 06-02-2008, 12:28 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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didOc - That's good you asked but if someone died of old age he could have said "No" there have been no deaths. Someone earlier mentioned in TX we must only disclose deaths due to the house conditions or violence.

My father passed away 10 years ago in the living room of his home. When this home is sold nothing will ever be said.
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I wouldn't of wanted the house if something had happened.

Just out of curiousity, why, if the house was everything you wanted otherwise?
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Can I just ask ... What's the difference whether someone died a violent death in the house or not? They're gone ... end of story!
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:36 PM
 
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I wouldn't of wanted the house if something had happened.

Just out of curiousity, why, if the house was everything you wanted otherwise?

I guess I've just seen too many scary movies. (Kidding! Ummm...sorta!)
It just would creep me out to know that something terrible had happened there in the house. I can't properly explain it, but if something violent especially resulting in a death had happened, no matter how much we loved the house- it'd be a deal breaker for me and we'd have to keep looking.
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Well, you could always have it smudged.

Seriously, it was the "and/or death" part that had me curious, not the violence part (that I could get, even though it's really irrelevant to the house itself).

But, then, I live in a 1930's house and I'm absolutely certain that somebody must have died in the house at some time in the past 80 years. Not that I know about it, but it stands to reason. And since, after visiting Scotland, I'm determined to move into Edinburgh Castle, clearly even violent death in the past doesn't bother me a great deal as long as it's not NOW.
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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In my state you only have to disclose if you are asked about it and you have knowledge that someone did die. On the other hand, if you are asked if any sex offenders live in the neighborhood and you know one lives next door, you are to direct them to the state police website so they can check for themselves. You cannot tell them anything.
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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In Illinois, there is no requirement to disclose a death in the house nor the presence of sexual predators, in the area.

In fact, to do so, could be construed as stigmatizing a property.

It's a fine line.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:05 AM
 
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I can probably find out what happened thru my agent
You might want to ask the neighborhood ladies also.
They usually know all the details !!!
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY native, now living in Houston
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Isn't it funny how we get all superstitious about things like this? I do too, so I am not judging at all.

We looked at a house where it was known that the owner (2 owners ago) commited suidcide. I asked the selling realtor about it and she claimed she didn't know anything. Even though they don't have to disclose the death, can they outright lie when asked about it?
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Mountain Ranch, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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It appears that CA leads the nation in disclosure requirements!

Off the top of my head these are required;

Agency Disclosure (as a buyers agent you have to give one copy to the buyer and one to the seller)
Death on the premises within the past 3 years
Earthquake fault zone
Wildland fire area
High Fire Hazard severity zon
Lead based paint
water heater strapping
smoke detector compliance
Agent owner
Agent as a family member
Transfer disclosure (filled out by the seller)
Natural Hazard disclosure
Special tax disclosure
Private party transfer fee disclosure
Megan's law disclosure
Condominium disclosure
Supplemental Property tax disclosure
Flood Plain disclosure

and last in our county only

Right to farm ordinance
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