In the post just below, real estate lawyer Chris Combs states that under Arizona law, sellers and brokers are not required to disclose Arizona sex offenders in the ” vicinity” of the property.
That is one reason why it is so important for home buyers who are worried about sex offenders to do their own research.
Fortunately, it is easy to find registered Arizona sex offenders online.
By comparing the neighborhood you are interested in with others, you should get a good idea where that neighborhood stands compared to others. And you might find out if a sex offender is living near by.
However, the online database does NOT show ALL sex offenders. Prior to June 1996, registration was not required, and only the higher-risk sex offenders are on the website.
And remember, by Arizona State law the presence of a sex offender in the vicinity of the property is not a fact that the seller or real estate agent is required to disclose so you have to do your own homework.
A buyer client I represented last year canceled a contract on a home during the 10-day inspection period because he found on that website I emailed him more registered sex offenders in the zip code than he was comfortable with.
Since he decided to cancel during the 10-day inspection period, it was easy to cancel the contract and get his earnest money back. He ended up buying a great (but smaller) home in a better neighborhood.
Ideally, you should do this research before making an offer.
If it is important to you, you should research Arizona sex offenders as soon as your offer on a home is accepted and certainly long before your 10-day inspection period ends.
A lot of gottas can get you when you’re buying a home and this a a big one.
So, if you’re planning to buy an Arizona home, I would love to be the one who guides you through the process so you get the best home for you… with the least amount of stress for you and your family.