Two of the more important documents that are used in the sale of your home are the Form
17/Seller Disclosure Form and the Lead Paint Disclosure form. The Form 17 is required by
Washington State law for any property that is not an estate or multifamily over 4 units, and is
comprised of questions that are reflective of court case decisions in which buyers have sued
sellers for fraud. The state legislature, in coordination with Washington State Realtors,
occasionally update the disclosure form to reflect current case law leanings.
The lead paint disclosure form, on the other hand, is required by the EPA and carries a threat of
rather hefty fines if not used in both property sales and rental/leasing.
We see the Form 17 as a multi-faceted tool: First is to minimize our seller's probability of having
a dispute after closing. Second is to properly position any conditions or defects to more
effectively defend from inspection contingency negotiations and third, is to provide a level of
confidence and trust to the potential purchasers regarding the property. In this folder you will find
blank Form 17s, attachments, as well as examples of other Form 17s for other properties, to
give you context on using this form.
We’ve put together some examples of Form 17s and some explanations in this folder for your
convenience and we’ve also recorded a video of a Form 17 walkthrough to view at a time of your
choosing. We’ve also created a marked-up version that focuses the attention on the more salient
aspects of the form. We want you to know that we are very interested in talking with you about
this form and welcome going through it with you personally as you work on it, so please, do not
be shy about asking questions. We’d welcome blocking out some time to walk through it
Once we are signed on as your listing agents, we will be using the Authentisign electronic signatures
app to complete your signatures on your Form 17.
Here’s an overview of the Form 17 from the attorneys at Windermere Real Estate:
Let’s plan on closely working together while addressing this important document!