Rights vs. risk: Living near canals and areas of danger in Utah

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  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    May 4, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    So if I choose to buy a home down-slope from an irrigation canal or on a stream bank or next to a refinery, why is it anyone's fault but my own when the disaster happens?

    If someone close to me experienced one of these events I would help them, but If they had first asked if it was a good idea to live there I would advise against it. Some land is best left to farming or green space.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 4, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    "For me to put things that I might feel are concerning in the mind of the buyer is not necessarily doing anyone a great service," Frederickson said. Can you believe that statement? That sounds to me like a realtor who is afraid that full disclosure will jeopardize his fat commission.

    I know home inspectors who tell it like it is and ones who tell it like whoever is paying them wants it to be. When buying a home, one can't have too much information; only too little.

    One of these days there will be a little slip on the Wasatch Fault again and we'll see who was smart in buying/building along the fault line (because of the view) and who wasn't. Liquifaction is going to surprise a few folks, too.