Seller’s Disclosure: What Home Sellers Must Reveal

It's important to understand the seller's disclosure laws in your state, whether you're buying or selling a home.
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A seller's disclosure brings transparency to a real estate transaction and can protect both buyers and sellers.

In the disclosure, a seller provides written information about known issues that could hurt the property's value, such as termite damage, improper drainage or a leaky roof, as well as details like homeowners association fees and restrictions.

Proper disclosure means the buyer gets a more comprehensive view of the property, and the seller lessens their chance of getting sued by the new owner for hiding information.

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