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Ralph W. Bur…, Other/Just Looking in Tarzana, CA

Can a Agent in california sell his own home without disclosing pending lawsiuts or lien against his property.?

Asked by Ralph W. Burgess, Tarzana, CA Sat Apr 12, 2008

Owner in condo above ours is selling his unit to avoid a lawsuit. A water pipe under his sink above our kitchen was leaking for several months.It finally burst and mold was found in our walls because of water damage.He was uninsured.He is an licensed real estate agent and listed his property for sale. He has refused to answer registered/certifide mail and letters from an attorney. He rents his condo out,but his mail goes to this address.

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Ralph
A couple of thoughts on your post
First, agent licensed by the Dept. Of Real Estate is REQUIRED to reveal that they are a DRE licensee.
http://www.dre.ca.gov
Second, if they are a Realtor, they need to reveal that too. (Realtor Code of Ethics, http://www.realtor.org)
Third, as a seller they are required to follow all the rules of disclosure to anyone, just as the public is required.

During the "discovery period" It is likely that liens against the property will be discovered (if they were recorded against the deed). Judgements that are pending may not.

However, if a buyer finds out after the purchase that there are judgelments, (I am NOT an attorney, this is not legal advice) could probably sue the previous owner. It sounds like a mess to me.

If you have proof I would take the evidence and report him to the DRE and the local association of Realtors. You can look they up on the DRE website and find out who the listing broker is...
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Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
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