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gregb

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If an appraiser is aware of radon gas for a particular neighborhood, what disclosure should the appraiser state in the appraisal in order to advise the client? In this case, the subject has not been tested for radon gas by the buyer or the seller.
 

Dublin ohio

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Radon gas is actually very common just about everywhere. It is the levels that are cause for concern. Without a test. I would have difficulty in making any disclosure unless it was commonly known that the neighborhood showed consistent levels that were above recommended safe levels. In that case. I would more than likely recommend testing. The local municipality in my area requires a mitigation system on all new builds. It is well known that this area has radon "problems". Testing for radon levels in existing homes being purchased without mitigation system has become the norm. Definitely a health issue if levels are above recommended minimums
 

Meandering

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The property is assumed to be free and clear of any radon gas contamination. The appraiser is aware of naturally occurring radon gas in the subject’s market area and that some homes have radon fans. However, because radon is colorless, odorless, tasteless and does not smell there is no way for the appraiser to know if radon gas is penetrating the subject’s improvements, without being presented test results. Clients and owners are advised to have the property tested for radon gas, if it is a concern.
 

TRESinc

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Radon gas has been detected in this County and/or City in the past. The appraiser is not qualified to determine the level or potential effects of radon gas and the lender and borrower are encouraged to have their own testing done to determine the possibility of radon gas, and any effects it may have, for their own protection.
 

Randolph Kinney

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If an appraiser is aware of radon gas for a particular neighborhood, what disclosure should the appraiser state in the appraisal in order to advise the client? In this case, the subject has not been tested for radon gas by the buyer or the seller.

I would state that any concerns of radon gas should be verified by a license professional. The testing or verification of radon gas is outside of the scope of work of an appraisal and outside the expertise of the appraiser.
 

Elliott

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Oregon
In my addendum I have a whole section on detrimental conditions that can be associated with ownership of real estate property rights from radon to hidden oil tanks to lead paint to sex offenders to zombies. And advise the reader to consult an expert if they have concerns.

It must be pretty good, cause new appraisers who come into my area steal it word for word, including the formatting.
 

AMF13

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California
The 'hood has radon gas issues. Rec you test, EA, etc. :shrug:

There are maps of fire hazard, flood, tsunami, EQ faults, airport noise, freeway pollution, and who knows what.
Nothing about radon? :unsure:
 

jay trotta

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Connecticut
At one point if I recall, there was a form that offered specific reference to those issue's, but was deleted for whatever reason; history always has a point of revival at some period.
 

Mr Rex

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North Carolina
The 'hood has radon gas issues. Rec you test, EA, etc. :shrug:

There are maps of fire hazard, flood, tsunami, EQ faults, airport noise, freeway pollution, and who knows what.
Nothing about radon? :unsure:

There are maps online by county for the entire US.
 
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