Buyers Rights and Responsibilities

Condition of Property
A buyer may wish to employ a professional home inspector, lead paint inspector, termite/pest inspector, sewage/septic system inspector, engineer or other expert of his choice to evaluate the property as a condition of an offer. Massachusetts law does not automatically give buyers the right to a home inspection, however at the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase you will receive a document entitled “Home Inspectors: Facts For Consumers About Home Inspections.”  If the buyer desires that the obligation to purchase be contingent upon an inspection, the buyer should include an inspection contingency in any offer. The buyer may also wish to check public records to verify information concerning taxes or assessed value, zoning and history of work performed.
Lead Paint, Hazardous or Toxic Materials
In purchasing any property the buyer may wish to conduct special tests to determine the presence of toxic or hazardous materials. These include lead paint, radon, airborne asbestos, oil spillage etc. Information from the Department of Public Health will be supplied to you concerning lead paint and urea formaldehyde foam insulation, where applicable. For residences built before 1978 Massachusetts and federal law provide that buyers be given the right to take up to ten (10) days to inspect a property for the presence of lead paint. This right may be waived. High levels of lead may result in brain damage or other serious injuries to children. Massachusetts law does not prohibit the sale of properties containing lead point or other potentially hazardous substances.
Fair Housing Laws
Real estate agents and sellers are required by state and federal law to treat all parties in a property transaction equally and without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, presence of children, military service/veteran status or receipt of public assistance or physical or mental disabilities. If you believe you may have been the victim of unlawful discrimination, contact the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
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