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The New RPOADs is Finalized & Ready to Use

A few weeks ago, we told you that the new Residential Property and Owners' Association Disclosure Statement (RPOADS) had been approved, but some small changes were still being made. We now have the final document and everything you need to know to implement it!

Embracing Change for Enhanced Transparency and Accountability

In a significant development for the North Carolina real estate landscape, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission (NCREC) has finalized the revision of the RPOADS. This marks a pivotal transition in how residential property transactions are conducted, ensuring greater clarity and safeguarding buyers and sellers in real estate. Click the button below to download the final version of the revised form.

New RPOADS Final Version
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Mandatory Implementation Date: July 1, 2024

A critical aspect for all North Carolina brokers to note is the mandatory adoption of the new RPOADS form on or before July 1, 2024. It's imperative to understand that the use of the old version must be completely phased out by June 30, 2024. This change is not just a suggestion but a requirement, underscoring the importance of promptly adapting to the revised form to remain compliant and serve your clients effectively.

For real estate agents navigating the transition period, it's important to understand how to manage property listings in relation to the new RPOADS requirements. If you list a property before July 1, 2024, you're not required to switch to the new disclosure form immediately; you can continue using the current form for these listings. However, you have the option to start using the new form ahead of the mandatory date if you wish to familiarize yourself with its format and content. Starting July 1, 2024, any updates to disclosures for existing listings or new listings taken on or after this date must utilize the revised RPOADS form exclusively.

Key Highlights of the Revised RPOADS:

  • Enhanced Format for Better Understanding: While the new RPOADS retains many of the familiar questions, it introduces a revamped format designed for improved comprehension. This includes more detailed inquiries particularly focusing on flooding and related concerns, reflecting a commitment to addressing the evolving needs of the real estate market.

  • Increased Length for Increased Clarity: Responding to feedback, the Commission has increased the length of the form, primarily to accommodate a larger font size, thereby making it more accessible and easier to read for all parties involved.

  • Updated Guidance for All Stakeholders: The first page of the new RPOADS contains revised instructions tailored for owners, buyers, and brokers. It's essential for brokers to familiarize themselves with these updates to effectively guide their clients through the disclosure process, ensuring they are fully informed of their rights and duties.

  • Broker Responsibilities and Liability: It's crucial for brokers to remember that the disclosures made in the RPOADS are those of the owner(s), not the listing broker. However, brokers have a separate duty to disclose any material facts about the property to potential buyers. This dual responsibility highlights the need for thoroughness and honesty in representing properties and their owners.

  • Emphasis on Client Education: Brokers are encouraged to not only provide the Disclosure to their clients but also to review it with them in detail. This proactive approach ensures that buyers are fully aware of the implications of the Disclosure, and the importance of conducting their own inspections to uncover potential defects not disclosed by the owner.

Looking Ahead

As we approach the July 1, 2024, implementation deadline, it is crucial for all North Carolina brokers to embrace the revised RPOADS with diligence and commitment to excellence. This transition period is an opportunity to reinforce your dedication to transparency and integrity in your professional practice. Remember, clear communication and thorough education of your clients about the Disclosure process are key elements in building trust and ensuring successful real estate transactions.

Will you wait until 7/1 to start using the new RPOADs, or will you implement them now? Let us know in the comments or share with a colleague in an upcoming CE Class!


North Carolina Real Estate Commission. (2024, April). Rolling out the revised RPOADS. NCREC Bulletin.

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