Washington Seller Disclosure: 47 States require some sort of disclosure by the sellers of residential real estate and Washington is one of them. The disclosure, also known as Form 17, may well be the most complicated and controversial document in a residential real estate transaction.
- Too much information crammed into six pages
- Too many variables of circumstance
- Agents can’t help but are asked to enforce
- Court rulings put burden on buyers
- The missing fourth choice (no longer missing!)
The Washington Seller Disclosure Statement may explain why filling out certain forms has the appeal of a colonoscopy. Tiny type, too much in all caps, numerous asterisks, indentations, a plethora of boxes and a total of 99 questions are downright intimidating. The form is provided as a courtesy of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service that takes its content from the Revised Code of Washington. [Read more…]