You’ve probably seen the term “BTVA” included in various Boise MLS listings!
If you see a Boise MLS listing for a property like the one above, don’t be surprised if you see the term “BTVA” in the listing!
Although it almost sounds like a dirty word, it isn’t.
“BTVA” is Realtor® shorthand for “Buyer To Verify All”.
Placing “BTVA” in a listing is a thinly-veiled attempt by a listing agent to redirect responsibility for verifying all of the details of the property to the buyer.
It’s nothing less than a feeble attempt by the listing agent to avoid legal liability.
Most buyers who see that acronym don’t even know what “BTVA” means.
They also lack the knowledge and experience needed to verify all the details of a property.
That’s why you should hire your own buyer’s agent to represent you!
A competent buyer’s agent will be able to research and confirm property details for you.
Your buyer’s agent will then become responsible for verifying the details of a property for you.
It’s important to understand that both sellers and listing agents are legally required to disclose all known material facts to buyers.
Non-disclosure of a known material fact can become a problem for both a seller and their agent.
I wouldn’t want to be a listing agent standing before a judge, explaining that I wasn’t responsible for inaccurate listing information because I inserted “BTVA” in my listing.
P.S. If you’re still wondering, I never use the term “BTVA” in my listings!