A Bold Prediction – The San Diego-Imperial County Sunrise Powerlink Project will be completed last June.

Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller® Home Price Indices for June came out yesterday. But you didn’t have to wait until yesterday. Zillow saved you the trouble and predicted last week what Case-Shiller would report yesterday happened in June.

“But we know what happened in June!” you might refute. And I suppose that is true. Heck, I – and the National Association of Realtors® — even know what happened in July. We’re that good!

Reporting on the past is something real estate agents like to do. And in that spirit, I bring you our latest installment of Boring Stuff About Contracts. Here, I am going to make the following brave prediction:

The Sunrise Powerlink transmission line project linking San Diego and Imperial County will be completed and put into service in mid-June, 2012.

Yes, I know this is a bold statement. I might as well predict a housing bubble in 2005! Come to think of it, we should have a disclosure for that.

But here is the problem with real estate disclosures. We seem to constantly add new ones to our arsenal, yet we never can quite relinquish the old ones that are no longer needed.

Three times in the last week I have received the following “disclosure” from a cooperating agent in a transaction. Each time, they requested my client’s signature because the form is “required for their files.”

Now, I understand the spirit of this disclosure. If an agent is aware of anything that might change the decision to buy or not buy, they are obligated to disclose. Ok, fine. And since a portion of the Sunrise Powerlink will run through Scripps Ranch when it is completed (last June), a future Scripps Ranch homeowner might be interested in the specifics (specifically, will the power lines be running through my guest room when they are constructed  — last June?).

But, somebody has to go out on a limb here, so it might as well be me. THE PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED! You do not need to use this form anymore. It is finished, kaput, over and done with. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony, even. If a homebuyer is to be affected by the project, they will be able to come to such a conclusion all by themselves, by looking around for the telltale signs – like transmission towers, high-voltage wires, neighbors glowing in the dark and stuff.

Oh, and while we are on the subject of disclosures that you can safely retire now (there are too many to address here), let me share with you my favorite. Please, for the love of all that is good and decent, stop sending me a separate Megan’s Law disclosure!

Megan’s law is addressed:

In the Purchase Agreement –

In the Statewide Buyer and Seller Advisory –

In the Natural Hazard Disclosure report –

We don’t need a separate disclosure. I think it is safe to say that we pretty much have this one covered.

If someone is going to sue you over Megan’s law, having disclosed it four times versus three is not going to make a difference.

Phew. I feel better.



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