The Home Inspection Report: To Give or Not to Give?

The Home Inspection Report: To Give or Not to Give?

The standard Residential Real Estate Contract used in Northern Virginia requires a Buyer who has a home inspection contingency to provide, among other things, an entire copy of the home inspection report to the Seller by the contingency deadline. Suppose a Buyer does so and in connection with the delivery of the home inspection report to the Seller, the Buyer also delivers a notice voiding the contract. May the Seller share a copy of the original Buyer’s home inspection report with a subsequent Buyer of the Seller’s property?

Disclosure

Disclosure

The sooner a buyer discovers a defect in their home after closing, the more likely it is the buyer will believe that the seller or listing agent did not disclose something they should have.

The question presented in Virginia is one of disclosure obligations.

While legal counsel may always be sought after in these scenarios, the following is a general analysis and clarification of rights and duties. To start with, a buyer must understand the significance of caveat emptor – buyer beware!

E-Closings: The Promise and the Reality

E-Closings: The Promise and the Reality

On July 1, 2012, Virginia became the first state in the county to authorize online remote notarization. Despite becoming law over 6 years ago, it seems only recently we have been bombarded with articles and talks about the promise of E-closings. It is important to understand the different types of closings, since the word E-closing is thrown around without knowing exactly to what it refers.

HOA 3 Day Right To Cancel - And We Mean It!

HOA 3 Day Right To Cancel - And We Mean It!

Betty Buyer and her agent receive an HOA disclosure packet from Sam Seller.  Upon review of the packet, Betty Buyer and her agent determine that there is information missing and decide to order an update from the HOA.  Four days later, Betty Buyer and her agent receive the update, review the documentation and decide to cancel the contract under the HOA statute.  Sam Seller refuses to accept the notice of cancellation.  Who’s right?

Real Estate Team Licensing

Real Estate Team Licensing

Virginia Code 54.1-2106.1 was revised to add new requirements for a real estate team.  New subsection D reads, “No group of individuals consisting of one or more real estate brokers or real estate salespersons, or a combination thereof, shall act as a real estate team without first obtaining a business entity salesperson's license from the Board.