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did anyone die in the house

Asked by Qwert, West Congress, Austin, TX Tue Feb 1, 2011

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I suppose that would depend on which house you are taking about.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 1, 2011
Dear Qwert,
This information should be disclosed prior to the sale of a home. Your agent should ask the sellers agent. You don't want to speak to the sellers directly, have your agent help you with this matter.
Sincerely,
Betina
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 8, 2011
In the event of a crime/homicide in a home, it will need to be disclosed as well. Whether or not the seller decides to do this is another story.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 9, 2011
This is a tough question, since the "Sellers Disclosure" outlines situations when it needs to be disclose, usually anything other than natural causes. However, when in doubt and the fact be known, it is best to advise the seller to disclose before the neighbors do and to check with their attorney for the rammifications for not. As agents we have been taught disclose, disclose, disclose...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 7, 2011
The requirement to disclose a death in a residential property in Texas comes into play when the death was caused by/attributed to, some type of defect in the home. If a homicide occurred in the home, then the disclosure requirement is not there. If someone died from falling down a flight of stairs due to loose, or improperly installed handrails for example, the requirement to disclose that death is present.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 2, 2011
In California, we have a required disclosure that asks if anyone has died in the house in the past 3 years.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 2, 2011
Hello,
This is a very iffy question. A seller must disclose anything that might affect the value of the property. It is generally accepted that if a death happened in the last 3 years, or there was a gruesome death, ie murder etc. it should be disclosed. The law is very vague and the best answer, as a selling agent, is to just disclose it. Having said all that, ask the listing agent, or better yet your buyer's agent to find out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 2, 2011
The local police department may be able to answer your question, also check archived print media, ask a neighbor(s), etc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 2, 2011
Maybe - Which house are you talking about?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 2, 2011
No. Ahh, I mean, yes. Wait, no.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 2, 2011
What house are you referring to? You might try contacting the listing agent directly, who would have disclosure information from the sellers. In your state, I'm not sure if a homeowner or agent is required to disclose something like this.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 1, 2011
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