Why sellers didn't disclose home's porn past

Buying and Selling

By | February 28th, 2018

A Paradise Valley home made some news this week after it was discovered that potential buyers withdrew their offer upon learning of the home's past. 

Turns out the house has been used to make pornography. 

The sellers, Kevin and Sandra Otterson, are a married couple who run the website Wifey's World. 

The Ottersons, known as "Hubby" and "Wifey" to their fans, have run the site since 1998. The couple's brand account has nearly 367,000 followers on Twitter. Photos on their website clearly show rooms in the house as a backdrop.

Porn laws in Arizona

Arizona made national news after a couple rescinded their offer on a Paradise Valley home because they learned it was used to film porn. So what are the laws on porn in Arizona?

An email to the listing agent asking to speak to the couple went unanswered. According to its $2.2 million Redfin listing, the 4,172-square-foot updated Midcentury Modern house has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, a custom bar and views of Mummy and Camelback mountains. 

An offer was made on the home, then rescinded after the home's history was revealed. But what are sellers required to disclose?

There is no statute that specifically lists filming of pornographic material as a disclosure item in a home sale, according to Louis Dettorre at the Arizona Department of Real Estate.

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Other items that are not required to be disclosed in Arizona when selling a home are detailed in state statute: 

  • The home being the site of a natural death, suicide or homicide or any other crime classified as a felony.
  • The home being owned or occupied by a person exposed to HIV or AIDS.
  • The home being located in the vicinity of a sex offender.

The Ottersons faced community backlash in 2006, when they purchased land to build a new home in Scottsdale's Ancala community.

At the time, Scottsdale maintained that it was legal for the Ottersons to operate their business inside their home.

Reaction to the rescinded offer was mixed on social media. 

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