how to know truth in disclosure about any deaths in the homes?

Asked by tamez6, La Quinta, CA Sun Aug 26, 2012

Realtors have to disclose or can they be held accountable for not telling truth?

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John Juarez, Agent, Fremont, CA
Sun Aug 26, 2012
As a buyer in California, the seller or agent, if they know, are required to disclose the death of an occupant in the home within the last three years. If asked directly if they know about any death in the home, they should answer honesty.

A Realtor may not know the history of all occupant of a home. A second or third or subsequent owner may also not know about all events, including death that may have occurred in the home.

But I have a question for you. If you were dying of cancer or another terminal affliction would you rather die at home in your bed surrounded by all that is familiar to you and your loving family or would you prefer to die in a medical institution?
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Betty Kerr C…, Agent, Irvine, CA
Sun Aug 26, 2012
It can be done, it is a long, drawn out process.
You can go a library in your area that has a lot of genealogical information, that have helpful tools such as criss-cross directories. You can go back quite a ways depending on how old the house is. You can trace the people that have lived there either by address or name. Once you have done that, you can determine if they died in your city/county. You can do that at and see if they are listed there. Any death before 1955, this site would not be much of a help. You can also look up older death records are the courthouse or at a genealogical library that holds the records on microfilm. Once you get a date, you can attempt to look up the obituaries at the library on microfilm. If that does not work, you can request a place of death from the courthouse, city hall, or health depatment (who ever it is that handles the death certificates in your area) I hope that I made some sense.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sun Aug 26, 2012
State laws on dsclosure on non-material facts difffer. In most states, if you ask the specific question, they have to answer you honestly with whta they know. There are times when the seller may not tell teh agent and the agent really does not know. But yes they can be held accountable for not telling the truth and you can prove it,.
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One of the disclosure documents, the Sellers Questionaire, contains this question. That document should be provided to you by the seller and his/her agent. If not, ask for it!
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