Q: My condo is located in Bellevue, Washington. I want to sell it but the neighbor upstairs practices piano daily. (She is into classical music.)

Does the law require me to tell my real estate agent about this practice? I think that this information wouldn’t help me sell quickly.

A: The fact that your neighbor plays piano regularly shouldn’t be something that you discuss unless you’re asked about it directly. If you are asked about it, you should answer honestly.

However, whether or not you think your neighbor is a musical genius or nightmare, shouldn’t be a part of the discussion. Just because the music drives you crazy doesn’t mean it won’t affect someone else differently.

You never know. Perhaps the future buyer will be a classical violinist and the two of them will make beautiful music together!

Dec. 8, 2003.