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Lead Paint - Why It Matters That We Care

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The Sheriff

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Really not someone that bleeds for causes, however Fox News this morning was doing a very good question/answer session concerning the lead issues across America (not just in Flint, MI). They spent a good segment of it talking about lead based paint on houses built prior to 1978. I was extremely surprised how much time the speaker spent discussing lead based paint peeling off the very houses we appraise (or once appraised as I haven't practiced since 2011 although I've kept my certification active in AZ).

Continue to do your diligence as appraisers... the lenders might cry - but the concerns are real and the hazards are still there for those of us with young children (babies and toddlers love to taste everything). Anyways, Merry Christmas to everyone... or whatever holiday you might celebrate.
 

Don Clark

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Virginia
Really not someone that bleeds for causes, however Fox News this morning was doing a very good question/answer session concerning the lead issues across America (not just in Flint, MI). They spent a good segment of it talking about lead based paint on houses built prior to 1978. I was extremely surprised how much time the speaker spent discussing lead based paint peeling off the very houses we appraise (or once appraised as I haven't practiced since 2011 although I've kept my certification active in AZ).

Continue to do your diligence as appraisers... the lenders might cry - but the concerns are real and the hazards are still there for those of us with young children (babies and toddlers love to taste everything). Anyways, Merry Christmas to everyone... or whatever holiday you might celebrate.

ISUGG est every appraiser order the EPA free booklet on Lead Contamination/lead based paint. Google it.
 

Vermonter

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Vermont
I can tell you it is a hazard and difficult to remediate.

Owned a rental house that had some major LBP issues. Paint was peeling beneath the vinyl. Inside had been gutted before we owned it so assumed the inside was fine. NOPE. Lead was everywhere. Had the vinyl and underlying clapboards removed, along with the trim. Professional lead removal company. Resided with new cedar, new windows, new roof, new paint, even removed and brought in new top soil.

6 months later lead on everything again. It was deep in the soil and would come to the surface, get tracked in the house. Was even weeping in thru the basement. Wouldn't pass the city minimum housing requirements, and was seriously concerned about renting to families with children so we sold it last spring....with lead disclosure. Buyer didn't even blink....but then again every house in the neighborhood had the same issue.
 

jay trotta

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Connecticut
a sore issue everywhere and remediation expensive or a lawsuit will definitely take whatever you have. expensive either way
 
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