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"Sellers (and possibly their agents) will be held liable for negligently or recklessly reporting/failing to report information or perpetrating a fraud by intentionally misrepresenting the condition of the property.
The judgments that have been awarded in cases involving violations of the seller disclosure laws include: 1.) Monetary damages to the buyer so that the misrepresented condition can be repaired; 2.) Payment of buyer's attorney's fees; 3.) Rescission of the contract (thereby allowing the buyer to void the transaction). I can assure you that cases involving alleged misrepresentations by sellers and overzealous agents who are trying to make a sale are on the rise. Attorneys representing buyers in these matters are becoming very aggressive in order to protect their clients' investments. Many are seeking punitive damages against both the seller and the agent, and more and more agents are being held accountable for failing to instruct their client to disclose a known material defect of the property."Thanks again, Connie, you are right about legal advice. What you and other people shared gave me a hope and way to do research. The biggest wealth is information.
it looks like you are still asking about how to find the local board.Your agent is most likey a member of a local MLS which is managed by the local board. If your agent calls themself a Realtor not just a real estate agent then they are a member of the board. This board is a governing body that also typically handles the mediation. It is very likely that your contract states the name of the board on the contract, and if you searched on the internet through the agent's website it most likely tells which board they are a member of.Often, unpermitted changes cause title problems and prevent closing because title insurance won't be issued. In addition to questions you might have after reading the disclosure laws you might also check on this matter. I know that I have seen a buyer that had to say in a hotel for a few weeks after closing because when the city became aware that they had moved in and that there were unpermitted changes not only would they not sign off on the gas being turned on for the new people but they denied occupancy until inspections and permits were issued. it was a huge pain and I don't remember the details of how it was all handled (not my client, someone else from my office) but point is....there is much to ask about issues regarding unpermitted work beyond whether or not you like it.Real estate agents can't give legal advice, but we can provide information ans suggest resources for you to research etc. if you need legal advice about what to do...that's when you do mediation or get an attorney.best of luck, glad you got some info on disclosure laws. Seems like California has the most detailed disclosure laws around.
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