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Suicide/Murder Disclosure

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Gundaker

In my office, we have had many discussions regarding disclosure of incidents of murder and/or suicide in a home that is listed for sale.  Does the seller have to disclose the fact that a murder and/or a suicide occured in the home that he has contracted to sell?  I realize that there is a potential for the buyer to back out of the contract but what happens if the disclosure is not made and the buyer finds out after the closing?  The discussion is also based on the seller's agent aware of these incidents.

New Jersey Real Estate James Boyer Morris, Essex & Union County NJ Realtor
RE/MAX Properties Unlimited, Real Estate - Morristown, NJ

I have lived in 3 states and in all 3 of them it has been strictly illegal for Realtors to even bring that up about a listing.


It is simply not relevant to the home itself, and its value.

Aug 12, 2007 02:58 AM
Janie Coffey
First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty - Ponte Vedra, FL
Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives
in FL it is ILLEGAL to disclose then by an Realtor but I have heard that in some states it is ILLEGAL NOT to, I think that you have to find out the law in MO
Aug 12, 2007 03:03 AM
Charlottesville Solutions
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA

The seller has an option to disclose. But it is not requires and most sellers do not want to disclose this fact. It gets to be a touchy matter... best of luck. cm

Aug 12, 2007 03:15 AM
Linda Reynolds
Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds - Bradenton, FL
Bradenton Real Estate
In Florida we don't have to disclose that anymore, we did at one time but now it has changed.
Aug 12, 2007 04:40 AM