Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate  (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)

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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

In response to the question "Do these jeans make my ass look big?" from his wife, he replied... "Of course not, dear", but then he casually rolled his eyes when he thought she wasn't looking.

She was looking.

Dec 23, 2019 08:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It can mean someone died in their sleep. By the same token, I had a friend whose cancer had gotten to a point where she took advantage of assisted suicide and died by choice and peacefully surrounded by friends. My grandmother died "peacefully" sitting with friends one afternoon having tea. She was there one minute and gone the next. It can mean different things in different circumstances.

Dec 23, 2019 08:16 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It means "non-violent death" as in, not from a murder or suicide.

Dec 23, 2019 08:48 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

It means just what the normal dictionary definitions mean to me - free from disturbance, tranquil. Not involving violence.

Dec 23, 2019 08:29 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

To me, it simply means they died without pain.  Age isn't really a factor, considering many young people die of cancer and other ailments.   As Nina Hollander said, it means different things under different circumstances.

Dec 23, 2019 08:25 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I like how Nina Hollander said it.  I concur.

Dec 23, 2019 09:33 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


As I remember it, we had to disclose violent deaths (murders) or suicides (violent by definition).  Peacefully is not violent.  We have gotten overwhelmed with disclosure protocol and other PC rules in real estate.  

Dec 23, 2019 09:04 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I think it encompasses more then age Kathleen Daniels . To me it's anything but a violent death.

Dec 23, 2019 08:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hmm I imagine this could be subject to much interpretation.  I might "assume" natural causes but the opinions of others tell us anything is possible as you and I know.  

Dec 23, 2019 09:42 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

died in their sleep, no drama like shootings or something.

Dec 23, 2019 08:58 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

A friend of mine said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep, unlike the three passengers in the car he was driving.

Dec 23, 2019 08:52 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The only real question here is 'Does it matter?"

If it does, show them new construction.

If it does not, reflect the question..."What do you want it to mean." Then agree they could be correct. Agents asking DUMB-ASS questions deserve no answer.

The requirement for disclosures where someone ultimately must PROVE what they don't know is asinine. Sell the real estate it the same way Bank of America sells their stolen real estate.

What does it mean to me?  This house is unlikely to be found in past police reports of a homicide.

Somehow we all want to believe 'died peacefully' is a beautiful thing.

Dec 23, 2019 08:18 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Many buyers, especially my Asian and or religious clients, will not buy a home where murder was committed or a long illness occurred, hence..."died peacefully".

Dec 23, 2019 11:55 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Perhaps in his/her sleep.

Dec 23, 2019 10:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Not violently?

Dec 23, 2019 09:45 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Kathleen,  I believe the answer needs to be examined in the context of materialiality.     As you noted, disclosing a death is, by law, material.    However, if the buyer asks for more detail, disclosure of those circumstances may be viewed as material to the buyer's decision to purchase.   

In that case, I'd disclosed the precise cause and circumstance, and avoid trying to interpret the agent's use of "died peacefully."    In addition to suicide and homicide, an accident may be viewed as violent....  I'd stay away from the temptation to interpret and just state the facts.

(From the phrasing of the question, it sounds like the listing agent first introduced the language "died peacefully," and a selling agent asked for clarification.)

Dec 23, 2019 09:26 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no, does not necessarily mean old age.... I interpret "died peacefully" as not being hooked up to anything.... and with no pain ....with death happening while sleeping....

Dec 23, 2019 08:53 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, age has nothing to do with it, Kathleen. I had many very young oncology and HIV patients die in their homes, peacefully - without pain and surrounded by loved ones. They chose to be home too - right where they wanted to leave this world (that alone evoked peace within many).

I take it to mean literally, in peace, regardless of age.

Dec 23, 2019 08:58 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Kathleen, I am in total agreement with your take on this.  I showed a home this summer that I learned was a murder-suicide and the murdered victim turned out to be a former student of mine.  A sweet girl in class.  HORRIBLE!  There was still a bullet hole in the garage ceiling where it happened.  The manner in how the deaths occurred did matter to my clients at first, but they later got beyond the issue after ruminating on the situation.  They ended up passing on the home for other reasons.  In Indiana the listing agent and seller are not required to disclose a psychologically affected property  so the agent was doing her job by not saying anything to the buyer's agents.  Some got angry when they learned after the showing so it does tell me that a "peaceful" death can be accepted by many buyers out there, while a "non-peaceful" death certainly has a greater potential to be a  deal breaker.   I still grieve for her and what happened. 

More and more people are electing for home hospice care and to die in their home in a peaceful and dignified manner surrounded by their loved ones.  Speaking from experience, it's much better than your parents dying in a nursing home!


Dec 23, 2019 03:53 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Natural causes is what it means here.

Dec 23, 2019 02:30 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

In all honesty, died peacefully would mean of natural causes to me.  They weren't murdered and didn't die in a household accident.

Dec 23, 2019 02:30 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

To me it means death other than murder or a suicide. It does not have to be old age necessarily.

Dec 23, 2019 01:20 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I would say the person died in a way other than suicide or murder. 

Dec 23, 2019 12:39 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Natural causes.

Dec 23, 2019 12:25 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

To me "died peacefully" means it was not due to any kind of violence.

Dec 23, 2019 12:06 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Considerable absence of the push & pulls of life leaves us with peace

Dec 23, 2019 10:57 AM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

"Died peacefully"...my father died in his home. He had accepted that the end of his life was at hand and was ready to go. He didn't like the waiting and was ready to go.

Dec 24, 2019 07:04 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

1st let me say, RIP, the owner who died.

To me that means they died naturally, the cause undetermined.

Dec 24, 2019 12:04 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Non violent as in natural causes vs. suicide, murder, etc.


Dec 23, 2019 10:02 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

To me it means someone died peacefully in their sleep. 

Dec 23, 2019 06:20 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I just think that means it was natural, not as a result of violence.

Dec 24, 2019 06:03 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It could be old age, but also could be sickness. WHat about a sudden heart attack? some say it is better to go quick and no i am not being morbid. In nH we do not unless it is askedand unless we know. I did have a murder home listed that was bank owned and in a rural town. When listing it i did not know. When going in i noticed and felt something wrong. The neighbors soon filled me in. It was sold cheap and the buyer knew. 

Dec 24, 2019 05:28 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

No yellow do not cross tape, sirens, gunshots, headlines. Everyone buying a home wants whoever owned it that died to do that dying part in a facility, away from the house. The house was not the cause of death. Every home owner can not be listed as dying in their sleep and you have to study death certificate for the cause of death to be sure? Had a house where a fire took the life of both the husband and wife... but the coroner still has to list one as before or after for the time of death on the death certificate. Not the exact same time for each. What other states require the same disclosure?

Dec 24, 2019 03:33 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Age has nothing to do with it. People can die peacefully at any age. They usually knew they were close to death, understood and accepted death as normal, and could have had religious beliefs that made death a comfortable experience. I've been with people that died peacefully hooked up to a morphine drip. They were relaxed and comfortable when they died.

Dec 24, 2019 03:31 AM
Denise Copeland
Home Sales Palm Beach - Jupiter, FL
Jupiter Abacoa Sales & Beach Front Luxury Homes

not violently murdered

Dec 24, 2019 12:31 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Lack of trauma from another person or persons or outside forces (hurricane causing a tree to fall leading to death, earthquake, etc...).

Dec 23, 2019 11:51 PM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

No chalk lines

Dec 24, 2019 05:28 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

"died peacefully" means somebody did not make it! Take it as you will.

Dec 24, 2019 05:10 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

No tubes, no nurses, no family, and a smile on the face!

Dec 24, 2019 04:36 AM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Someone terminated the contract...

Dec 24, 2019 04:04 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Anything short of murder or an accident?

Dec 23, 2019 11:03 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate



Dec 23, 2019 04:37 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

And here I thought that meant no blood was spilled on the carpet!!

Dec 25, 2019 10:21 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

That they died of natural causes ( old age)

Dec 24, 2019 08:01 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

One does not die of "old age" which is a euphemism to describe the death of an older person who has died from one of many natural causes.

If that agent cannot deal with "died peacefully" that is no among of explanation that will help him/her.

Dec 24, 2019 12:09 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Did not get killed by spouse or bbqed by hateful neighbor.

Meaning natural death.

Dec 24, 2019 07:15 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow  good question, wonder what it means


Dec 28, 2019 12:26 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Just went to sleep and never woke?

Dec 28, 2019 11:45 AM