If the death occurs in the NM’s house, the seller can remain silent

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A Missouri woman discovered that a serial killer lived in her home before her, and the owner said nothing. She didn’t have to, and she wouldn’t have had to if it had happened in New Mexico. When someone wants to sell a house in New Mexico, one document they will need to complete is a Property Disclosure Statement. It encompasses a lot of things, but not if someone is dead in the house. In New Mexico, a seller is not required by law to disclose whether it is the scene of a natural death, homicide, suicide, or felony. Missouri law also doesn’t require agents to release those details to people, said Kurstin Johnson of the New Mexico Real Estate Commission. She said it’s always good to ask. Johnson said if someone says if they can’t talk to you about something when you ask, take that as a clue to dig a little deeper into the history of the house. The state legislature should change the disclosure law to require homeowners to provide this knowledge to anyone looking to buy a home. Mobile users: tap for video

A Missouri woman discovered that a serial killer lived in her home before her, and the owner said nothing. She didn’t have to, and she wouldn’t have had to if it had happened in New Mexico.

When someone wants to sell a house in New Mexico, one document they’ll need to fill out is a Property Disclosure Statement.

It encompasses a lot of things, but not if someone is dead in the house. In New Mexico, a seller is not required by law to disclose whether it is the scene of a natural death, homicide, suicide, or felony.

Missouri law also doesn’t require agents to release those details to people, said Kurstin Johnson of the New Mexico Real Estate Commission. She said it’s always good to ask.

Johnson said if someone says if they can’t talk to you about something when you ask, take that as a clue to dig a little deeper into the history of the house.

The state legislature should amend the disclosure law to require homeowners to provide this knowledge to anyone looking to buy a home.

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