Zillow Advice: Agents - Seller asking you not to disclose a roof leak. What should you do? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I would have explained to ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ I would have explained to my seller that not disclosing that information puts him at risk for a lawsuit down the line, as well as having a potential buyer backing out once they conduct inspections and "tainting" the listing from then on. If you emphasize how it would negatively affect them as a seller, I think they quickly decide it's not worth the risk. And if they refuse, then let the seller move on to another broker who is not as ethical. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ 2014-10-21T07:27:00Z Congratulations you did the ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ Congratulations you did the right thing! It will be interesting to see what the repercussions after the sale that may occur. In this situation it is not about the money it's about your integrity. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ 2014-10-21T03:31:00Z Not to mention if people ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ Not to mention if people read these reviews, you just increased your own value by remaining honest.&nbsp; It's no fun to lose a sale, but you may get paid back by being honest many times over. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ 2014-10-21T02:34:00Z One deal is not worth your ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ One deal is not worth your license, you did the right thing. &nbsp;<br/><br/><br/>Josh Barnett, Realtor&nbsp; Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ 2013-01-23T14:15:00Z I would have told him to ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ I would have told him to list with me, disclose the leak, and have it fixed at my own expense since I just cleared $24K on the commish. &nbsp;If it was a true repair, it shouldn't cost more than $500-1000, not like replacing an entire roof.<br/><br/>Done deal.<br/><br/>Scott Miller<br/>Realty Associates<br/>Boca Raton-Miami Beach, FL Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ 2013-01-23T14:07:00Z I feel you did the right ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ I feel you did the right thing also. We cannot choose what to disclose and what not to disclose.&nbsp; It just doesn't work that way.<br/><br/>I would have told the Seller that they are far more likely to have success disclosing these items up front.&nbsp; Buyer's are much more forgiving about problems if discovered when they first see the home(the love phase), instead of discovering after in contract.&nbsp; Also, if it is disclosed up front, it takes away their ability to effectively negotiate the price because of those findings.&nbsp;&nbsp; If they think the Seller did not know about the roof, then they would certainly negotiate!!&nbsp; I would!<br/><br/>Real Estate is not about location, location, location, it is about disclosure, disclosure, and more disclosure!<br/><br/> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ 2013-01-21T21:06:00Z If the seller is aware of ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ If the seller is aware of a roof leak, he/she is suppose to disclose this information on the disclosure sheet. Also, according to Michigan law, a licensed REALTOR is obligated to include this information if it is known. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ 2013-01-14T20:28:00Z That is a tough one and&nbsp;I ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ That is a tough one and&nbsp;I think all of us&nbsp;would kick ourselves for losing the potential sale but we have a saying in our office "Always take the High Road"&nbsp;&nbsp; It might not be the easiest path but at least we can sleep at night.<br/>&nbsp;Plus who knows what else the seller was trying to hide that he didn't tell you about or would have half way through the sale then put you in a really hard spot.<br/>&nbsp;In my book you did the right thing.&nbsp; Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:23:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ 2013-01-14T20:23:00Z In our state of Indiana if ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ In our state of Indiana if the seller didn't disclose what he knows he could have repercussions later and so could the Realtor involved if they know and don't disclose.&nbsp; I'm sure it happens that some don't but full disclosure is best and the golden rule.<br/> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ 2013-01-14T19:44:00Z Shai,You should feel good ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ Shai,<br/><br/>You should feel good about doing the right thing and not accepting the listing. &nbsp;I would have done the same thing. &nbsp;<br/><br/>Chad Gray PA, Realtor<br/>Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale<br/>Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate<br/> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-asking-you-not-to-disclose-a-roof-leak-What-should-you-do/470942/ 2013-01-14T12:01:00Z