One of the most common questions Boston condo sellers ask when they’re putting a Boston downtown condo on the market is “Do I need to disclose everything that’s wrong with my Beacon Hill condo for sale? Legally mandated disclosures are meant to protect buyers from ending up with homes that have major problems, but they can also make it a little challenging to sell a property. Many sellers make the mistake of disclosing unnecessary things, which can end up scaring away buyers. The experienced agents Ford Realty Inc., the premier experts on downtown Boston real estate, offer advice about these four things you’re not legally required to disclose.

1. Things You’re Not Aware Of

This is the major loophole in disclosure laws. Sellers aren’t legally required to disclose a problem if they aren’t aware of the issue. For example, if your Beacon Hill condo has termites but you’ve never seen any eggs, insects, or damaged wood, it would be possible for you to miss the infestation. If you aren’t aware of it, you don’t have to disclose this problem to your buyer. Keep in mind this isn’t something you should lie about. It’s generally quite easy for Boston Beacon Hill condo buyers to access old home repair records and find out whether or not you were aware of the problem.

2. Internet Service in the Area

This is an example of how real estate law hasn’t quite caught up with modern concerns. Many Beacon Hill condo buyers want to know which Internet service providers are willing to provide service to the home. You can choose to share this information with them, but sellers aren’t legally required to mention an issue such as a notoriously problematic ISP being the only service provider in the area. It’s up to the buyer to check with providers if they care about this issue.

3. Certain Types of Death

Generally, sellers are only required to disclose deaths that occurred within three years of the time the Boston condo buyer is putting an offer on the house. If the death occurred before that, you don’t have to bring it up when disclosing issues to the buyer. When the death is more recent, sellers generally have to disclose how the death occurred, unless the person died of AIDS. It’s considered a form of discrimination to mention that a death occurred due to AIDS, so sellers don’t have to disclose the cause of death in these situations.

4. Some Issues with Neighbors

Sellers are required to disclose that there are neighbors who are noisy or otherwise a nuisance. However, as long as the neighbor isn’t technically being a public nuisance or impairing a homeowner’s enjoyment of his or her own property, the seller doesn’t normally have to disclose the problem to the buyer. For example, you may not have to disclose that you have a neighbor who hung an offensive sign outside his or her home but didn’t directly harass you or inconvenience you with his or her offensive views.


Whether they’re selling a Beacon Hill condo or have condos for sale in the Seaport District, Boston condo homeowners need to know exactly what they’re required to disclose to buyers. Trust an experienced real estate agent from Ford Realty to help you navigate the selling process. Give us a call today at 617-595-3712 to schedule an appointment

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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