Palm Beach-based real estate attorney Henrietta Feldman has nearly 17 years of legal experience. Before relocating to Florida, Henrietta Feldman obtained her licensed in Massachusetts, where she concentrated on real estate negotiations and transactions for almost a decade.
Ms. Feldman provided assistance to both buyers and sellers navigating the state’s complex legal requirements. Property sellers in Massachusetts have several disclosure obligations they must faithfully meet before closing any transaction.
Though the level of disclosure differs if the seller is a private individual or a professional real estate agent, generally the buyer must be notified in advance of any defects, the presence of lead paint, or if the property uses a private sewer disposal system. Buyers should also receive clear and truthful answers to any questions they pose about the property’s condition.
Sellers who provide false or misleading information and real estate agents who do not report bad conditions that were brought to their attention could be held liable by the buyer after the transaction is complete. To ensure protection for both parties, it is recommended that both buyers and sellers in the Massachusetts property market hire qualified real estate attorneys.