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The Business of Real Estate

Disclose all about your home — a great Austin example

I don’t usually pay much attention to our celebrity culture, but this article in the business section of yesterday’s Austin American-Statesman caught my eye:

Quaid, wife sue to void purchase of Austin home

Anyone who has been in the real estate business is well aware of the requirement to “disclose, disclose, disclose” everything you know or think you know about the condition of your home when selling.  Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is the best protection against this kind of horrible surprise.

Dennis and Kimberly Quaid purchased their home on the shore of Lake Austin in February of this year.  Apparently, they have encountered many things about the house that they wish they had known sooner.  Since I have no knowledge of the facts of the case I won’t comment on whether the case has merit, but picture yourself — 9 months after you sold your home and moved on with your life — being faced with this kind of lawsuit.

Will they have to return the proceeds of the sale?  Possibly.  Will they spend a lot of money on legal fees to get through this?  Almost certainly.

Sure, home buyers should do their own due diligence — property inspections, etc. — but as a seller, there is no substitute for being absolutely meticulous in preparing your disclosure notice prior to putting your home on the market.

About Bill Morris, Realtor

Many years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including almost 20 years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs. Learn more about my background and experience, my commitment to my clients, my profession, and to the real estate industry at


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