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Navigating Virginia's Buyer Beware Real Estate Market: What Sellers Need to Know

In Virginia's real estate landscape, the term "caveat emptor" or "buyer beware" plays a crucial role. For sellers, understanding what this means and what you are legally required to disclose is essential for a smooth transaction. At Sorella Realty Group, we're here to guide you through these obligations, ensuring you're well-prepared when putting your property on the market.

What Does 'Buyer Beware' Mean for Sellers in Virginia?

Virginia's stance as a "buyer beware" state primarily places the responsibility on the buyer to perform due diligence when purchasing property. However, this doesn't mean sellers are off the hook when it comes to disclosures. There are specific conditions and scenarios where you, as a seller, are required to provide certain information.

Mandatory Disclosures for Sellers:

  1. Residential Property Disclosure Statement:

    • In Virginia, sellers must provide buyers with a Residential Property Disclosure Statement. This document outlines the buyer's responsibility to perform due diligence and notes that the seller makes no representations or warranties regarding the property's condition.
  2. Material Defects:

    • If there are known material defects in the property, these must be disclosed. Material defects are issues that can affect the property's value or safety, like a faulty foundation or significant roof damage.
  3. Methamphetamine Manufacture:

    • Sellers must disclose if the property was previously used to manufacture methamphetamine and if it hasn't been cleaned according to state guidelines.
  4. Adjacent Military Air Installation:

    • Properties located near military air installations must come with a disclosure about potential noise or accident potential.
  5. Special Flood Hazard Area:

    • If the property is in a special flood hazard area, this must be disclosed to potential buyers.
  6. Septic System Waiver:

    • Sellers of properties not connected to a public sewer and using a septic system must provide a septic system waiver.

Why Full Disclosure is Important:

While Virginia's laws might seem to favor sellers, being transparent can protect you from future legal complications. Full disclosure ensures a level of trust with the buyer and can prevent disputes post-sale.

Sorella Realty Group’s Commitment:

At Sorella Realty Group, we understand the nuances of Virginia's real estate regulations. We guide our sellers through the disclosure process, ensuring you're compliant with state laws and that your sale proceeds as smoothly as possible. Trust us to navigate these legalities for you, so you can focus on what's next in your journey.


Selling a home in Virginia comes with specific legal obligations. Understanding and adhering to these disclosure requirements not only keeps you compliant with state laws but also fosters a transparent and trustworthy transaction process. With Sorella Realty Group by your side, you can confidently navigate the Virginia real estate market.

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Ready to sell your property in Virginia? Contact Sorella Realty Group today for expert guidance through every step of the selling process, including navigating Virginia's unique real estate disclosure requirements.

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