Tips for HomeBuyers: Ask and you won't receive (an unpleasant surprise).
You'd be dismayed at the things sellers aren't obliged to disclose in most states, including on-premises felonies,
suicide, murder or a neighboring sex offender. Don't be afraid to thoroughly question the selling party in writing
before signing the contract. Some questions: Is there a cell tower, water tower, natural gas well, oil well or other
non-residential construction scheduled to be built in this neighborhood (then define "neighborhood")? Is there
commercial zoning on nearby vacant land? Is the yard prone to flooding? Are train whistles or other regular loud noises
audible there? Did known criminal activity occur in the house? Have there been reported hauntings? Are there loud
neighbors, dogs or other noise pollution? Are there registered sex offenders or other known criminals living nearby? If
the selling party refuses to answer any of these questions, that's a bright red flag.
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