A woman named Sarah Seitz and her husband purchased a house from attorney Anne C. Harvey and her mother.  According to a source, this was Sarah Seitz’s “dream home.”  Unfortunately for Sarah however, this dream was soon shattered when she found out that the seller had concealed termite damage in the home prior to the sale and “did not reveal any termite damage on a disclosure form for the home sale.”  Seitz sued Harvey for fraudulent misrepresentation, concealment and disclosure. The court sided with Seitz and ordered Harvey to pay Seitz $68,000 in damages.

What is Fraudulent Misrepresentation?

Fraud occurs when one intentionally deceives another.  It can be filed as either a civil or criminal claim.  This means that the fines for fraud can be monetary as well as punitive.

Real Estate Law:

Real estate law includes a wide variety of legal issues including real estate sale disputes such as breach of contract, specific performance, non-disclosure, fraud or misrepresentation. Moreover, each state has its own real estate laws.

To learn more about real estate laws in your state, contact a real estate attorney in your area.

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Have you been a victim of fraudulent misrepresentation?  Has a seller of a home concealed the damages in the house you purchased?