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The Acreage- Palm Beach County Florida- Cancer Cluster- Realtors® To Disclosure

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The Acreage- Palm Beach County Florida- Cancer Cluster- Realtors® To Disclose Cancer Findings

The Palm Beach Post, The Town Crier and the SunSentinal all are printing nothing but negative stories about the cancer cluster in the Acreage. This is really getting the residents upset that happen to be trying to sell their homes as there is only one section of the Acreage that is experiencing this mysterious rise in brain cancer. 

The emotions are running high with those who are affected and have family members affected by cancer tumors and then you also have the other side of the Acreage where homeowners are in deep financial straits trying to sell their homes as short sales only to find out that banks such as Suntrust are denying buyer loans for the reason of the "possibility" that there me a cancer cluster. 

The first findings conducted by the state of Florida department of health and enviromental departments found that there was nothing in the ground that could be causing the high cases of brain tumors. The state department of Health is doing a second phase investigation and has confirmed that the number of brain and central nervous system tumors is higher than in the children that live in this cluster of the Acreage. They have discovered 13 cases of brain cancer or tumors in children and teenagers from 1993 to 2008 .There were more cases in girls than in boys. 

acreage West Palm Beach Cancer cluster map

in the Online Palm Beach Post article discussing the situation they quoted different real estate agents and also a homeowner. In the comment stream the anger was certain from homeowners and residents who still live in the Acreage areas without any health issues. According to one of the commenters, the homeowner that they Palm Beach Post quoted to say that this cancer scare is causing her house not to sell said that she has her house overpriced by over $40,000 and that is why it is not selling. There are still people buying homes and selling homes. 

There is a population of 28,000 to 32,000 people living in the Acreage. The jump in the case occurred after 2002. Some people are speculating that the cause may be with the well water. Some Acreage residents want the county to bring in water lines and change from their well water to city water lines. But many people who pay taxes in Palm Beach County don't want to foot the bill for the people who chose to buy a house on well water. This is going to be a heated discussion for some time forward. 

From the Palm Beach Post: 

"Newly released demographic data show that from 2002 through 2007, the community had more cases of some types of childhood cancer than would normally be expected in a population of that size.

  • Childhood brain cancer: 2-3 case expected. Actual: 5 cases.
  • Brain cancer in girls: 1-2 expected. Actual: 4 cases.

What’s next?

  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9: Palm Beach County health officials will discuss their interviews with affected families and their population research at Seminole Ridge High School, 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, Loxahatchee.
  • Mid-March: The state Department of Health expects to complete the second phase of its investigation. At that point it will decide whether to launch a third or fourth phase of investigation"
As Realtors® we have been advised by our Realtor Associations to not be alarmists or spread any rumors. Please stick with the facts and direct your clients to the Department of Health or other sources and provide the new disclosure. 

Acreage West Palm Beach Cancer Cluster Disclosure

The board of Realtors® has felt it necessary to offer all brokers that work around the Acreage area to use the a new disclosure. You can obtain the disclosure by clicking here for the pdf version.  

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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Katerina, it sounds as though your Board of Realtors has been proactive in disclosing this situation. We do pray that the cause of this coincidence is determined quickly for all the property owners.

Feb 18, 2010 02:00 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Katerina, that is freaky scary!  I really feel for the families living there.  I always wonder about power lines.

Feb 18, 2010 02:15 PM
Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes

Health issues, and clusters are always scary for residents.  Is it a true cluster, or a statistical anomaly?

Feb 18, 2010 02:36 PM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

Carol- That is what they don't know yet. It is hard to say. There is nothing in the ground that could cause this cluster. They thought it may be Pratt Whitney but that was ruled out. Then they thought it was the orange growers but that also was ruled out. If it were either one of those businesses it would be affecting a lot more ground area than just one cluster. 

Patricia- Yep, it is very scary. But the stats show that 50% of all people in the US today will have cancer at some point. That is even scarier. 

Frank and Sharon- This is going to be a long process. We had a seller who we could not even take his listing because he had a buyer who was turned down by Suntrust for their loan over this. The issue with wells is that no one well is going to be the same. They are hoping to find a common denominator but so far they have not. 

Feb 18, 2010 02:43 PM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Katerina, this is very disturbing news - especially for those residents of The Acreage in Palm Beach County. I do hope that they can identify the cause.

Feb 18, 2010 05:14 PM
Kari Battaglia
Veterans Realty Inc - Venice, FL
Who You Work With Matters!

This kind of news is not good for all involved, especially those who are sick.  I am always concerned about dealing with the public and issues such as this.  It sounds like your board is being proactive and I hope it works out well for all involved.  Best wishes.

Feb 19, 2010 08:32 AM
Linda Lohman
Fonville Morisey Realty - Cary, NC
Former Teacher/Broker

This is a tough situation on all sides.  The unknown is the scary part.  I'm glad those involved are being proactive.  Best wishes for a good outcome.

Feb 21, 2010 01:29 AM