In New Jersey, must a realtor or seller disclose any noise issues

Asked by Afragetta, 08514 Mon Jun 11, 2012

.ie...noisy racing track or numerous airplanes flying overhead, or explosions coming from offsite military base...or is it up to the buyer to find out such info? Thanks

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Erin Taffin, Agent, Rumson, NJ
Tue Jun 12, 2012
Typically it is the buyers agents responsibility to inform you of the area especially if you are not familiar; however, if the agent can prove that he/she had no knowledge of the noise issue then the point is mute. If the agent acting is a dual disclosed agent, that is listing for the seller AND representing the buyer also, then of course the agent would have to disclose or at least indicate that there is sometimes an occurance during special events of noise to be above normal.

For instance, Raceway Park locateed in Old Bridge on the Manalapan border offers jet funny cars and speed racing and when an event is hosted ie/every Wednesday night in the summer and on weekends in the summer the noise is at an extreme for neighbors. This is definately something to be disclosed.

As for the air rights being on the flight pattern an attorney would have to advise. I hope all works out.

Erin.Taffin@SothebysRealty.com
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Wayne Odenbr…, Agent, Mountain Lakes, NJ
Mon Jun 11, 2012
What is noise to on person is not to another.

Is a school yard noisy?
To some it might be.

How about traffic?

Is there a construction site near by...and will it be completed soon?

It is good to be open with people.
A Buyer appreciates honesty.
The important to not misrepresent.

Who was it that said, "Do unto others what you would want done for you"?
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Valentina Ga…, Agent, sea girt, NJ
Mon Jun 11, 2012
Hi Afragetta

That is an interesting question. As far as I know there is nothing that states such noises must be disclosed.
We always tell our clients who are buying in an area with noise to sit outside and different times to hear if the noises will bother them. As far as flying or explosions I dont believe it is necessary to disclose such issues.

Here is a case where a local realtor who really understands the neighborhood can add tremendous value to the buyer.

Good Luck
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