Buying a Georgia Home: What Does the Seller's Disclosure Form Tell Me?

How Georgia home buyers can best obtain information about the property's condition.

So, you are ready to buy a home in Georgia. You found a home you love and you’re looking over the purchase and sale contract. Before you sign, however, your real estate agent hands you a form containing the seller’s disclosures about the home. Now you need to know what to look for in the seller’s disclosure form, and whether or not the seller’s disclosures tell you all you’ll need to know about the property.

What a Georgia Home Seller Must Disclose

Although home sellers in Georgia are not required to fill out a disclosure form, many do anyway. That’s because, under Georgia law, a seller must inform a buyer about any known material (important) facts about the physical condition of the home, and must honestly answer any questions from a buyer about the home. Most sellers find it easiest to just complete some type of written disclosure statement.

Usually the seller will use a disclosure form provided by the seller’s real estate agent. This disclosure form is typically the “Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement” (the form prepared by the Georgia Association of REALTORS

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