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do I need to make a disclosure if I was mugged on the corner of my block

  • April 24 2013 - Oakland
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Profile picture for America Foy
Yes, it's a material fact that may affect the value for a buyer.
  • August 11
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1. Complete the Seller's Disclosure form fully and accurately.  If there is a  question about crime - make a full disclosure.
2. Advise your real estate broker as to the specific circumstances and details of the event.  Was it reported to the police etc.
3. DO NOT be present for showings of your home.  Let your real estate agent field all questions about the home.
4. In fact - it is best you, and other sellers, avoid contact with potential home buyers.
5. If you are asked the question, answer truthfully.
Good luck, glad you were not hurt.  Be safe.
  • December 10 2013
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No. Be safe. Good luck.
  • December 07 2013
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I'm sorry this happened to you, hope you're ok! Yes, disclose this event. Any well informed potential buyer will know that crime occurs in virtually every neighborhood, unfortunately, and if your property is otherwise well marketed by your agent and properly priced to sell, the "pluses" will outweigh the "minuses. The purpose of disclosure is to protect yourself. Failure to fully disclose is the number one cause of lawsuits...don't become a victim a second time!
  • December 07 2013
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We recommend that you disclose. If it is a material fact, then yes. Best to err on the side of caution. Hopefully, you are recovered and this was an isolated incident.
  • April 24 2013
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You protect yourself by disclosing any and all "material" facts. A material fact is anything that might influence the buyers willingness to buy the home. Do you think that's a fact you would like to know?

It has nothing to do with how good or bad your neighborhood is. That's an opinion that you do not disclose. You might live in an otherwise crime free environment and had this one incident, but it happened none the less.

Most often if you disclose items like this up front it's no big deal and you get the right buyer. If you don't and they discover it later from a neighbor you are subject to a huge lawsuit. My advice...disclose it.
  • April 24 2013
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Read the disclosure form and fill it out accurately.    Don't go beyond what is requested on the form with   consultation with your agent.

I hope you've recovered. 
  • April 24 2013
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Profile picture for Pacita Dimacali
The mere fact that you are asking means that you consider this pertinent.

At our end, the sage advice is to "disclose, disclose, disclose"



  • April 24 2013
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Do you live in a dangerous area? Will you be selling your house soon?
 Most real estate agents know trouble areas in their towns so will let their clients know or at the very least recommend that a potential buyer contact the police adn get theri opinion of an area. 
  I once had a client who due to what they could afford were looking in less than desirable areas.  I called the listing agent and he said "I'd be happy to show the property as long as your client is Ok with possibly being stabbed, robbed, raped or maybe even killed"  Needless to say we didn't look at that house. 
  if muggings are a common problem in your neighborhood you might want ot disclose it to your agent but chances are they already know it is a dangerous area. 
  • April 24 2013
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