Regarding the story, "Realtors against mandate" in the Feb. 25 edition of the Daily Journal, the Realtor's job is to disclose any and all defects ... disclose, disclose, disclose!
Now, are they even able to do the job? Ask any of them to stick their nose down a sewer line and they will all turn up their nose (no competence whatsoever in house building/repairs).
Obviously, the old houses with old sewer lines are going to have an old design that needs upgrading ... so, unless there has been a replacement of the line within the past few years, all houses sold would need a disclosure statement that the sewer line is old and needs to be upgraded/replaced. That's the Realtor's job, but do you see the listing agent ever doing their job?
The county needs to upgrade the main sewer lines, but they should be held responsible up to the sidewalk where a new clean-out should be installed. Beyond that point, it is a disclosure/inspection problem whenever the house is sold.
And that is not the only thing that becomes obsolete in those million-dollar homes.