There’s no escape.
Nearly all states require Realtors representing sellers to disclose legitimately scary material facts to buying agents and their clients that could cause them to reconsider, such as a cracked foundation, a leaking roof or toxic mold or the federally-required disclosure of lead paint. But don’t bother trying to get out of your contract if you discover there was a murder, or a suicide, or even a violent crime committed in the home after you bought it — it’s a dead end.
In July 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a murder-suicide that occurred in a Thornton, Penn. home in February 2006 wasn’t a material defect when a seller who bought the home at an auction, remodeled it and sold it to a buyer in 2007 — without disclosing the crime that occurred inside.
“Purely psychological stigmas are not material defects of property that sellers must disclose to buyers,” the court said.