As a local real estate professional that has serviced the Bryan/College Station real estate market for a number of years, I receive a lot of questions regarding the purchase and sale of Bryan/College Station real estate. Perhaps one of the most common questions about selling your College Station properties that I receive is whose obligation it is to disclose pertinent information about BCS Texas property. Since I’ve assisted countless buyers and sellers for more than two decades, I can tell you with confidence that in most cases, it is the obligation of the seller and the seller’s real estate agent to make these disclosures.
College Station Property For Sale: Disclosure
Because each situation is different, it is important to seek personalized answers to all your real estate questions by a licensed Realtor like myself. However, generally speaking, when we place your home for sale in the College Station MLS, you will be required to fill out a property disclosure form. This form outlines the history of the home, including items such as the age and condition of the roof, the age and condition of the water heater and heating and air unit, if you are aware of any previous termite damage, flood, water penetration, asbestos, lead based paint or aluminum wiring, or if you are aware of any additional room additions, structural changes, or alterations that have been made to the property. Additionally, sellers must disclose items such as Homeowners Association fees, maintenance fees or assessments, or any other pertinent information. These items, when paired with a thorough inspection conducted by the buyer, will give the potential buyer confidence in your College Station property for sale.
The items disclosed by the seller can vary from state to state. If you are visiting my website from a state other than Texas, be sure to speak with your local Realtor to learn the required disclosure process for your particular market.
Below is a list of questions that may be asked of you on a Seller’s Disclosure of Property Condition form in Texas.
- You may be required to check off items on a list that show what items your home comes with, such as: dishwasher, security system, ceiling fans, pool, trash compactor, window screens, central heating, smoke detector, etc.
- If your property has working smoke detectors installed.
- If you are aware of any known defects/malfunctions in specific areas, such as: interior or exterior walls, roof, plumbing, ceilings, doors, electrical systems, floors, windows, sidewalks or driveways, lighting fixtures, or structural components.
- If you’re aware of any conditions that your home may have, such as: active termites, previous termite damage or treatment, previous flooding, improper drainage, water penetration, being located in a flood zone, hazardous or toxic waste, asbestos, radon gas, lead based paint, previous fires, unplatted easements, previous use of premises for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, or the presence of a single blockable main drain in pool/hot tub/spa.
- If you are aware of any system, item or equipment on the property that is in need of repair.
If you’re thinking about selling a Bryan or College Station, Texas property, it would be my great pleasure to walk you through the process from beginning to closing, and to help you understand in more detail the requirements for disclosing information about your property. Furthermore, I can help you understand the sales process, what is required by you as a seller, and can help you put together a marketing campaign that will sell your home for its highest value.
For those who are thinking about buying a Bryan or College Station, Texas home or condominium, let me be your guide to finding a property that suits your needs. We will review Seller’s Disclosure documents and conduct property inspections to decide if a property is the right investment for you or not.
Should you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation regarding your specific real estate needs, I am always just a phone call or website inquiry away. Connect with me, Myke Leatham, today to learn more. I look forward to hearing from you and to sharing my knowledge and expertise with you. Let’s get started today!