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“Ask Charles” is a monthly question and answer column by Charles Stevenson, Director of Professional Standards with the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA), www.reca.ca. RECA is the independent, non-government agency responsible for the regulation of Alberta’s real estate industry. We license, govern, and set the standards of practice for all real estate, mortgage brokerage, and real estate appraisal professionals in Alberta. To submit a question, email askcharles@reca.ca.

There was a storm after my offer was accepted and the house needs a...

There was a major hail storm after a seller accepted my offer to purchase their home, and the house needs a new roof. Who...

Was the seller allowed to take the movable kitchen island with them?

I just bought a house, and on possession day, I noticed the movable island from the kitchen, which I loved when I viewed the...

I’ve been hearing reports about radon in Alberta homes; should I be concerned?

I’ve recently started hearing reports about radon in Alberta homes. If I’m buying a home in Alberta, is it something I should be concerned...

Doesn’t the seller have to tell me the house is conditionally sold?

I made an offer on my dream home and stopped looking at other properties. My offer was not accepted, and I later learned the...

My agent sent me the home measurement bill. What should I do?

I just listed my home, and my real estate agent told me we had to hire someone to professionally measure my home. The measurement...

“Buyers” just viewed my home to see it as a comparable for their own...

My townhouse is listed for sale. There was a showing earlier today, and I found out those “buyers” just viewed my home to see...

Disclosing deaths in properties to potential buyers

My elderly mother passed away at home. We are now selling her home; do we have to disclose that she died in the property? Simply...