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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I would make damn sure everything was disclosed and the potential buyer clearly understands that history can repeat itself.... that's not saying that it will, but the buyer must be clear minded and make good decisions.

Jan 20, 2020 12:39 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

I wonder what they are thinking.  But people wonder why I live in snowy northwestern Pennsylvania.


Jan 20, 2020 01:17 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Disclosure is key, but ultimately it's up to the buyer once they know what's involved. I once asked a similar question (in a different forum) in regard to power lines (EMF issue).

Jan 20, 2020 12:47 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

I would be disclosing like a mad man.

Here it is soil erosion along the waterfronts from high water levels and a prediction of being worse this year!

Jan 20, 2020 12:43 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

It's certainly a conversation starter.  People have many reasons why they want to purchase a property.  

Jan 20, 2020 05:30 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Even today when someone wants to buy in the mountains, fire danger is high, and suggest they call their insurance company, so they absolutely know what they are getting into.

Jan 20, 2020 03:31 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We disclose.  The thing is that people have removed the natural fire retardant vegetation that grows on these hills.  With the fires, the native seeds are returning and growing.  They are now lists of what you can an cannot plant.  There are solutions.  

When we live in Los Angeles, you could not get insurance for flooding in parts of Malibu...I just think Californians love their views and their canyons!  They will find a way.  A

Jan 20, 2020 01:43 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Every place has it's thing.

Some things that will appear tomorrow are unknown.

I am always amused when folks think they can prove what they did not know at the time.  With a backdrop of scorched earth, the buyer should know the environment there is changing along with the risks they must assume if that is to be their future address.


Jan 20, 2020 01:17 PM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

After full disclosure, if the Buyer wants it, show them property.  It is their decision and perhaps they have some idea of how they would deal with it. 

Jan 20, 2020 01:08 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Yes I would if they knew about it and that was what they wanted. When I purchased my home I was told about" the flood of 69" but I purchased the once flooded home anyhow. Everyone, including my insurance agent assured me it could never flood again due to preventive measures taken by the City/State/ Feds.  Well it flooded again in 2011 and destroyed our home... we rebuilt and stayed right here Caroline Gerardo . Sometimes a place is just worth it.

Jan 20, 2020 07:32 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I would help them however I would disclose, disclose and disclose!

Jan 20, 2020 07:28 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Full Disclosure and armed with information so buyers can make an informed decision.  It is up to the buyers to decide - not me.  If that is what the buyers want ... then once I am confident they are making a fully informed decision - yes I would represent them. 

Jan 20, 2020 07:28 PM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Yes, I would.  I would disclose everything. 

If it's someone's deam home, they know every before they buy, and they still want to buy, why shouldn't you sell it to them?

Jan 20, 2020 05:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Disclosure is essential in this case, and thorough due diligence, including checking on whether the buyer could even get insurance would be essential. Then it's the buyer's decision.

Jan 20, 2020 03:28 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It has to be assessed....

Jan 20, 2020 02:07 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Yes why not? There are plenty of problematic areas that we sell in.

Jan 20, 2020 01:48 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

People need to be aware of their surroundings and areas they are moving into when making a decision to buy or build.

Jan 21, 2020 06:21 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not my role to prohibit people from doing stupid things, and planting a home in the midst of a canyon full of plants that are designed to live in a fire ecosystem is seldom a smart move.

The govt is the entity with the police powers at their disposal and if it is to be done then it is up to them to prohit building here.

Jan 20, 2020 11:43 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Full Disclosure, although most buyers are already aware. It's like coastal property - hurricanes have been happening since the beginning of time but, people still want to live on the ocean.

So they pay the price of insurance and take a chance, just as those with canyon views have done and will continue to do. 

Jan 20, 2020 09:38 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

If they really wanted it, and hopefully they can post a cash bond.

Some people have more money than sense, though. Especially those locations. 

It's their call, we simply do our best to ensure an informed decision. And  sign off on ALL due diligence info! 

Jan 20, 2020 03:20 PM
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Serving Coastal San Diego, Veteran's & Seniors

Yes. If they know the disclosures and they have researched the insurance costs in advance at my urging, then they know the risks going in. That  risk  unfortunately is part of the San Diego market in many parts of the county.

Jan 21, 2020 06:13 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The ne good thing here in NH we do not have canyons or wild fires. But if we did, disclose, disclose, disclose. 

Jan 21, 2020 05:26 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Tell them your closing gift to them will be shovels to keep by their bedside to dig out when the hillside comes down on their house. We have super deals on houses on the verge of washing into the ocean. Rational discussion does not discourage them but the offer of lifejackets for everyone at closing gets their attention, as does me telling them they will be required to sign a piece of paper that says i warned them not to buy the house. When they are forced upfront to take the resonsibility for the bad decision they back off and look elsewhere.

Jan 21, 2020 04:40 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Hot enough for ya?

There's a buyer for everything.  As long as you disclose any appropriate legalities, someone will be willing to purchase a home overlooking a beautiful canyon, and would be willing to accept the risk.

Sure, I would help them purchase and make sure they were totally aware of all the risks involved... (and I would make sure I'd put all that information in writing to their emails).

Jan 21, 2020 01:00 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Full disclosure, signed by the Buyer.

Jan 21, 2020 08:00 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I would make them aware of the potential future problem in reselling the home and try to get them to purchase in a location with the best return on their investment, great schools and will bring them happiness.  I would write the offer once they are well informed.

Jan 21, 2020 08:53 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It will be plush next year with all the ashes and nutrients. 

Jan 21, 2020 07:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Share the facts and let the prospects make their best decisions.

Jan 21, 2020 07:06 AM