Real Estate Disputes
The parties to a real estate transaction have specific obligations under Hawaii statutory and common law, which obligations are frequently set forth, in general terms, in real estate sales documents. The most fundamental obligation, and one which applies to sellers, is the duty of full disclosure with respect to a real property interest being sold. It is far too often that buyers will go into a transaction believing that they have purchased their dream home, only to discover at a later date that long-standing problems with termites, soil foundations, or other structural defects were not disclosed at the time of the sale. At that point, the buyer is faced with the dilemma of paying for costly repairs to a home or allowing the defects to remain.
Sellers and real estate agents are liable for any damages arising from non-disclosure. In certain instances when the non-disclosure is intentional, the sellers or real estate agents could be liable for fraud.
If you are involved in a real estate dispute and would like to discuss your rights and options, please contact us for a free consultation so that we can determine the best way to protect your rights with respect to a real estate transaction.