I just looked at the listing and it does show a pool full of water. I'm curious to know if you have seen the home, or are just going by the information of previous sales listed on Trulia.
Agents, should post current pictures on their listings. Also, the seller, if they have lived in the property is obligated to disclose all known facts on the Transfer Disclosure Statement.
I agree that you should contact a real estate attorney. But here is the thing. These sellers are selling their house for less money they owe on it. Most likely, they do not have the money to come out of pocket and repair the pool. Additionally, their lienholders will most likely not approve that repair. I would say that your recourse is to walk away from this transaction and find a house that has a fully functional pool. Yes, there seem to be disclosure issues here, but if you end up suing them, you probably will get nothing - they have no money.
We have represented buyers in short sales where this kind of thing happens. Our buyers have walked away and have ended up with a much better house in the long run. Good luck!
Not unless the seller knew that the pool equipment did not work and did not disclose that fact.
Was it disclosed to the seller when they purchased the home? Had they had the pool inspected and known the condition prior to selling the home? Seller's must disclose any and everything "they know" is wrong with the property. Please read through all of the disclosures provided to you from the sellers. They may have noted that they did not know if the pool was in good working order since they never used it.
Always get your inspections done during your inspection period as agreed to on the purchase agreement.
If you feel that the seller committed fraud you should speak to a real estate attorney.
If you already closed the transaction and now have a home with a non-working pool, then you should speak to an attorney so that s/he can help you establish whether it was disclosed to you during escrow or whether you should have had it inspected on your own.