Alaska Sex Offenders Might Damage Their Neighbors Ability To Sell
by Dan Wolf
on Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 1:12pm.
I showed a house to a family last week for the second time. The house was in great shape and appeared to be price well. The kids had picked out their bedrooms and mom and dad were mentally placing furniture. I figured I would be writing they offer.
The next morning I recieved an email from the buyers saying they had decided to keep looking. Courious why the change, I asked what it was about that house they had decided against. Turns out, they had looked at the State of Alaska Website where people convicted of sex crimes are required to register and discovered someone registered a block away and didn't want their kids growing up in that neighborhood.
Alaska's purchase and sale process encourages sellers to look at the website for registered individuals and buyers are allowed to rescind an offer within the first week of making an offer if they do, in fact, find a registered person too close to the home they are considering buying.
In this case I didn't tell the listing agent that the buyers changed their mind based upon their search, but I thought to myself how a bad person really could damage his neighbors ability to sell, especially if the case was publicized and known in the media.
If you have small children, it does make sense to take a look at the State registry site and if there were names on it, decide if there was a risk to your family.