Rattled Real Estate (September 17, 2016)

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    by Russ Meyer, Nebraska Home Sales Realtor


    As you read this I hope you are enjoying another earthquake free morning, strange to say in Nebraska. Did you feel the earthquake on September 3, 2016? It was my first earthquake, hopefully not to be repeated.

    If you were awake and felt the earth rumble you probably have your own story. When the quake began I heard dishes in my kitchen sink rattle loudly from down the hall and the ceiling above made a creaking noise, then the bed began shaking sideways. After the tremor stopped, and upon realizing what had happened, my first thought wasn’t “Wow, that had to have been an earthquake”, Instead, I uttered loudly, “Well, well, earthquake damage needs to be disclosed!”

    Property disclosures are a very important part of the home selling process. Whether it’s the seller’s property condition statement or a lead-based paint disclosure, buyers are informed of the condition of the property to the best of the seller’s knowledge.

    If you are thinking about selling your home, ask your Nebraska Home Sales Realtor about how to share all the known facts about your house. Since September 3, I’ve had buyers inquire about earthquake insurance, creaking and cracking of floors and walls, squeaks that weren’t there previously, or so they thought, and the possibility of more to come as houses naturally settle. In addition to the already long list of potential real-estate perils such as radon, asbestos, lead paint, pests, flooding, sewer backups, water in basements, mold, bats and pets, now add earthquake damage to the mix. Disclose, disclose, disclose, as my broker would tell me. Don’t get rattled, just disclose.

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