Harold Kempen of Bakersfield wrote (March 22) that the new disclosure rules for selling a house "gave a leg up" to the buyer. If he means they offer needed protection to the buyer I feel the rule is justified.
My daughter, while trying this year to buy her first home, noticed on the disclosure that about 20 years ago, a landslide had affected a small part of the lot. This gave her the clue to have an engineer check the lot and the house.
Apparently unnoticed by the seller, the house had settled in two corners, and further examination showed serious erosion had undermined the foundation.
Two contractors gave bids of $12,000 and $16,000 for foundation repairs, warning that other unforeseen problems might arise. The retaining walls were giving way and the bids for those were $6,000 and $8,000.