California Home Selling: Seller Disclosure Requirements Explained

Selling a home in California comes with important legal obligations for property sellers. California Civil Code § 1102 requires sellers to provide written disclosures about their property to potential buyers, regardless of the type of property being sold.

Note that sellers are legally responsible for being transparent about a property’s condition and can face legal consequences for concealing defects. While California law does not mandate sellers to commission a home inspection report, many sellers opt to do so to gain insights into potential defects and to increase buyer confidence, especially in competitive markets.

It’s important for sellers to provide these disclosures to prospective buyers “as soon as before transfer of title.” Real estate agents assist sellers with the processing of property disclosures by providing guidance on the required information and ensuring timely delivery to potential buyers. Being proactive in preparing all necessary disclosures, inspection reports, and paperwork, sellers can ensure that serious offers are met with transparency and readiness. This can contribute to a smoother and more transparent real estate transaction for both sellers and buyers.

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