Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties)

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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

In Virginia, the buyer must do their own due diligence in this area, so it is not disclosed.  Every buyer is given the website to check it.  I assume in other states, though, which are much more heavily regulated, it may trigger some kind of disclosure.  Since offenders often move without notifying anyone, though, I wonder how that plays into may not always be accurate.

Apr 10, 2015 10:19 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Here is suggestions for CA agents: Seller or agent can disclosure this information, but A NEW BUYER MUST BE TOLD that the previous buyer gave you information that it had been run and what they discovered. We agents should not qualify what that means.

Sex offenders live in every zip code. A sex offender is not to be confused with a child molester. Not every sex offender is a child molester but every child molester is a sex offender.

Here is a link to California Megan's Law:

Apr 11, 2015 04:41 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

hi Inna - As Pamela Seley, REALTOR® answered, it's a part of our California purchase agreement and the responsibility to find out is the buyers.  If I know of an issue that must be disclosed as the listing or selling agent, I disclose it.  

Apr 11, 2015 04:03 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

It's up to the buyer to do that research.  

Apr 11, 2015 12:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It depends on state law. In SC, for example, it clearly states in the contract that a home buyer needs to do their own research on sex offenders. We as agents also are not supposed to do the work--it's caveat emptor. And there's plenty of opportunity to do a check before finalize a contract.

Apr 10, 2015 08:58 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I recently had this happen. We terminated under inspection. It turns out the seller already knew this fact. In my state it is up to the buyer to find out this information. 

Apr 17, 2015 01:43 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Home buyers need to do their own research and it should be done before submitting a contract unless they have specific wording in their contract. Even if disclosure were required, you can't track people who are frequently moving.

Apr 11, 2015 02:00 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Inna Ivchenko Here in Virginia it is up to the buyer to do their due diligence as stated in the disclosure.

Apr 11, 2015 12:06 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would check state laws and ask an attorney.. 

Apr 10, 2015 09:49 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

In VA, it's buyers responibilty to check the registy. The website url is right there in our disclosure. I can also tell you that those registries aren't always accurate, and there are many unregistered sex offenders, and those are those people buyers need to be worried about.

Apr 10, 2015 09:47 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

I wish I had your answer, but only for CT. It is suggested that buyers agents tell their clients to check our state registry. They are considering a law that will require us to give our buyers something in writing that tells them exactly that. But the seller is not required to disclose here. Neither is a landlord. 

Tough thing. 

Apr 10, 2015 09:38 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Inna. I do not have a clue on this one. I did not know that it was the sellers responsibility to check on sex offenders living in the neighborhood.

Apr 10, 2015 06:29 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't think this is required in Florida.

Sep 19, 2018 06:44 AM