It’s Halloween and no one wants to buy a haunted house, but is there any legal obligation for the real estate agent to tell you about ghosts? Short answer, not really.
As a North Carolina licensed real estate broker, there is no legal obligation to disclose if someone has died in the home. Which personally I agree with this rule. Houses are old, and people die. There’s a good chance that if you’re buying a home, something bad happened there at one point.
Other states have different rules though. California sellers must tell buyers about a death on the property within three years of the sale. In Alaska, that disclosure shrinks to one year. In South Dakota, only homicides have to be mentioned.
What’s your thoughts on death disclosures when you have to purchase a house? Would you even want to know or is ignorance bliss?
Article written by Roy Brown – Follow him @kissroyboy on Instagram and Twitter