Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners)

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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I have seen elevated radon results here with structures on a slab, or with no basement. In my opinion, let the buyers do the inspections they want. It is their money, their name on the deed and they have to happy & satisfied. I'd rather let them "waste" their money on the radon test prior to the closing rather than using their money to sue after they are owners. I think it is our place to keep the opinions out of the transactions when it comes to the inspection process, voicing our experiences is a completely differenct scenario.

Feb 19, 2018 07:26 PM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   A condo association trying to prevent radon testing or mitigation? 

   Report them to the Federal EPA, the State of Florida Department of Health, and the World Health Organization. 

Feb 19, 2018 06:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

So there's an association that wants its owners to die of lung cancer associated with radon? How marketable do they think their complex will be if THAT was the case.

If the buyers want to do a radon test, they should be able to, and if the results are high, they should be able to put in a mitigation system. Or they walk. 

Feb 20, 2018 03:45 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I would share the story of the condo buildings here in Charlotte that 'happened' to discover radon in the entire buildings due to one smart buyer doing a radon test. 

Who knows how many years the residents had been living with high levels of radon? 

Feb 19, 2018 09:43 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Cant imagine that it would be legal for the condo assn to prevent the installation of a mitigation system.

Feb 19, 2018 08:15 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I would pass on the information but never dissuade a buyer from getting any environmental test. They are the ones that have to be satisfied.

Feb 19, 2018 07:53 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

You cannot take radon lightly and basement or not it can permeate anything anywhere. It's best for the association not to interfere with it's mitigation.

Feb 20, 2018 03:55 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

We don't do radon out here, so I can't help.

Feb 19, 2018 08:31 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

If it's something they are concerned about, have the property tested.

Feb 20, 2018 10:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

No issues with radon in my area so can't help. I would question whether, legally, a HOA could prevent someone from appropriately dealing with high radon through mitigation.

Feb 19, 2018 10:35 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

If it's high, don't buy. I assume an attorney and the local health dept could force condo association to mitigate radon if it came to that. If the building is declared unfit for human inhabitation, it can be condemned.

Feb 19, 2018 10:34 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I would let them know that IMHO it would be a waste of their money BUT if they really wish to go ahead I would look up ways to mitigate the problem it tests prove that there is one.

Feb 19, 2018 07:09 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

They should do the test if it will make them feel better. Radon can be a serious health issue; condo association can't prevent mitigation.

Feb 20, 2018 06:01 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

We have an inspector that does radon, you just have to keep doors and windows closed as much as possible for a couple of days.  Worth it if it's a worry. If the association doesn't allow mitigation that may be a material fact. But radon is more of an issue in some places than others, so depends on your area. -K

Feb 19, 2018 10:21 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

We do not have basement in California except some homes built before 1920s. You die from obnoxious people pollution not from Ra fume. Most homes are not built well there is ample ventilation

All these granite with reddish color got radon so let it emit until they ban granite, or quartz ...... Go back to formica. Tiles....

Feb 19, 2018 08:34 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Sounds like a run fast property

Feb 19, 2018 08:16 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

If the condo association will not allow a radon mitigation system ... then buyer gets the testing done knowing that in advance.  If they want to get the test done ... then they get the test done. 


Feb 20, 2018 08:37 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the condo association needs to install the system, if they own from the studs outward....

Feb 20, 2018 08:13 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Prospective purchasers should be allowed to have the testing done.

Feb 20, 2018 06:41 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I think their paranoid but it's their money. You cannot tell them no or dissuade them.

Feb 20, 2018 06:14 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

LOL never done one in my career, I suppose that's one paranoia Californians do not have given, just like faultlines, flood planes and fire zones-we live there regardless.

Feb 20, 2018 06:08 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If the reults are high, the association may have no choice! Get the test. You may be surprised at the results and not in a positive way!

Feb 20, 2018 06:01 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The same recommendation for inspections. I support them spending any money they feel necessary for their peace-of-mind.

Buyers have paid for analysis to see if birth-dates and bedroom and bath orientation were harmonious. 

However, they should have NO EXPECTATION regarding how the seller will respond. Some sellers quickly dismiss the pleading of those perceived to be hypochondriacs.

As a listing agent the response should be, "DO what ever tests you want but under no circumstances do I or the seller want to see any report or summary."

Feb 20, 2018 05:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

A bit confused by the question. There's a difference between a radon test and a radon mitigation system. If a buyers wants a test as part of inspections, he should have one.  If a condo building is suffering from high radon, it would seem to me that the homeowners should get together to install a mitigation system for the building. I don't see how it would be legal for an association to prohibit mitigation in the event of high radon levels.

Feb 20, 2018 05:24 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

If it is on a slab, for me i would not worry about radon. For my buyer, they would be entitled to a test. In my area i know the areas known for radon and can be more cautious in thise areas. If it had high radon and the hoa said no mitigation, my buyer should probably move on if worried about radon

Feb 20, 2018 05:19 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

We rarely do radon tests in my area, so I don't know.

Feb 20, 2018 04:56 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

"I" don't - the inspector does...

Feb 20, 2018 04:50 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I've also thought about this

Feb 20, 2018 03:26 AM
Joe D'Agostino
NMLS# 729950 - Manahawkin, NJ
Mortgage Officer 46 years!

Radon tests kits are like smoke detectors, they plug into an outlet. They are cheap and reliable. First Alert ( the smoke detector company) sells them for about $15.00  Maybe that would help?

Feb 22, 2018 08:20 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have had one, was a bit of a challenge with the HOA, but got it done.

Feb 22, 2018 02:09 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Praful Thakkar Is radon prevalent in your area? If it is there could be a radon issue. Make the contract contingent on the test.

Feb 20, 2018 06:39 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sorry, not an issue in our market.

Feb 20, 2018 05:16 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Seems a bit superfluous.

Feb 20, 2018 04:46 AM