Real Estate Professionals

  • We ask the real estate industry to voluntarily provide a disclosure statement about the risks of earthquakes and URMs; presently, we are not aware of any real estate company that routinely provides this information to either sellers or buyers.
  • We encourage providing this disclosure statement early—while the client is shopping, not when papers are being signed at closing.
  • We ask you to encourage any clients considering a real estate transaction to consider earthquake safety in all decisions. They should:
    • learn all they can about URMs and Utah’s brick problem
    • learn all they can about all geologic hazards (earthquakes, liquefaction, landslides, expansive and collapsible soils, debris flows, radon, etc.)
    • consider hiring a geologist to evaluate geologic hazards of the site and locality
    • consider hiring a structural engineer or trained builder to evaluate buildings under consideration
    • understand that Utah is a “buyer beware” state; generally, hazards that may impact the site or building under consideration will not be disclosed—they need to research such issues themselves
    • understand that most “standard” building inspectors commonly hired to evaluate buildings for a real estate transaction do not consider earth movement hazards or whether a building meets earthquake building codes
    • understand that some non-URMs may also have design flaws that make them vulnerable in an earthquake

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