Disclose, disclose, disclose. I don’t think anybody has ever been sued for saying too much about the condition of a property or providing too much information. Due diligence works both ways and ignorance of something that you should have known will not serve as a defense later on. Real estate is often an individual’s largest purchase. Here is what you should read up on (all files are Adobe PDF stored on our server):
The Oregon Real Estate Agency Disclosure Pamphlet. This is a required handout by all real estate agents at “first contact.” If you haven’t seen it and are involved in a real estate contract, find out why.
The Oregon Property Buyer Advisory. What you, as a buyer, need to know about the process and inspections.
Lead Based Paint Pamphlet. If your house was built before 1978, the odds are, it has lead based paint present.
The OREF Residential Real Estate Sale Agreement. What sellers and Buyers need to know about the seven page Earnest Money Agreement.