Home Buyers’ Bill of Rights–Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona

by Teri Ellis on August 1, 2011

I’m wondering how many Buyers and those who rent or lease a home in Mesa or Phoenix and adjoining areas in the Phoenix valley know about their rights. Yes, rights! Buyers, as consumers, are entitled to rights as set forth in the  Home Buyers’ Bill of Rights!   The Bill of Rights for consumers homeforsale in Arizona begins with the statement:

“THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF REAL ESTATE, IN COOPERATION WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AND THE PUBLIC, CREATED THIS “BILL OF RIGHTS” TO HELP EDUCATE YOU, THE CONSUMER, OF YOUR RIGHTS WHEN PURCHASING OR RENTING PROPERTY.  AS A REAL ESTATE CONSUMER IN ARIZONA, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW MATERIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPERTY.

THE FOLLOWING LIST REPRESENTS SOME OF THE IMPORTANT MATERIAL FACTS YOU SHOULD EDUCATE YOURSELF ON BEFORE PURCHASING ANY TYPE OF PROPERTY IN ARIZONA.”

billofrights2In an effort to better acquaint home buyers and renters with their “rights”, I have  shared specific portions below:

BUYERS AND TENANTS: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW:

  • If the property is located in an incorporated city or unincorporated part of the county.
  • If title insurance is available and if fire insurance can be acquired.
  • If you will have fire and police protection and, if so, who provides this service.
  • If the roads provide access for fire protection and police service.
  • If the roads are maintained, and by whom.
  • If utilities are available, and who provides them. (Water, Electric, Gas, Sewer, Trash)
  • If the water supply is adequate.
  • If the jurisdiction the property is located in has conservation restrictions and policies.
  • If the property is located in a school district, and the distance to the closest schools.
  • If there are any natural or geological hazards, pests or wildlife.
  • If there are essential services near the property such as grocery and medical services.
  • If there is crime in the area and the crime rate.
  • That you have a right to equal housing opportunity free of discrimination.
  • If the property is affected by a military installation.
  • If there is an Arizona Subdivision Disclosure Report, an Affidavit of Disclosure or a Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement.  You should read these disclosure documents before you purchase or rent.

THERE MAY BE OTHER ITEMS NOT LISTED ABOVE THAT YOU SHOULD EDUCATE YOURSELF ON BEFORE BUYING OR RENTING PROPERTY.  FOR A LARGER LIST, PLEASE REFERENCE THE BUYER’S ADVISORY GUIDE.

Visit Arizona Association of Realtors and the Arizona Department of Real Estate – a great resource for the public! As REALTORS, we are here to protect you and the public.

The more informed the buyers are here in the Mesa, Arizona and surrounding areas, the more informed their decisions can be.

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