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With homebuyers increasingly keen on avoiding any potential shocks while house-hunting, there is a notable interest in the topic of disclosing a death in a house. With the lore surrounding the supernatural implications of death and the habit of dwelling on the past, the issue of determining whether to disclose or not can be a difficult one for sellers and agents alike.
Differing laws between states make determining a course of action on disclosing difficult. Generally, however, many real estate agents are willing to disclose a death that occurred in a home whether it was a result of natural causes, or otherwise. Likewise, the seller should also willingly provide the buyer with any knowledge the seller has of a death that occurred in the home.
Noting a death in a house disclosure can have benefits to buyers and sellers alike. Individuals that have undergone recent losses in their own lives may benefit from the disclosure of a prior death in a home. It can be comforting to those individuals to know they are not alone in their grief.
It is important to also note that disclosing a death in a house can be a relationship builder between the seller and the buyer. Many buyers could appreciate knowing that the seller was forthcoming with parts of the home’s history that the buyer may not have been expecting. On the other hand, these disclosures can sometimes scare buyers away and create obstacles in the sale process.
Overall, whether a death in a house should be disclosed is a personal decision. Some real estate agents may advise that it’s better to be forthright in every situation and allow buyers to make their own decisions as to whether or not they feel comfortable with the property. Ultimately, the decision to disclose a death in a home or not comes down to individual preference.