A comment in the remarks might have been helpful

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 531132

I showed a short sale today that only had one picture in the MLS. Not unusual, but since we just scheduled it today, my clients and me were going to get to see it at the same time, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

 

The first level wasn't bad...nothing to write home about, but kind of expected for a short sale. The home was vacant and winterized, so no water or lights.

 

Flashlights out, my clients, one of whom is pregnant, ventured down into the finished basement. Since the lighting was limited, it didn't look too bad until I turned the flashlight up to the ceiling. What was staring back down at me was what appeared to be a significant amount of mold. I'm not an expert, but I ushered my client up and out of the house immediately.

 

I know that it's the listing agent's responsibility to present the house in the best possible manner. That being said, I think it's also incumbent on the listing agent to inform viewers of the house of a possible mold situation. Having been forewarned, I'm not sure I would have brought this couple into the house.

 

A simple comment in the agent remarks would have been helpful.

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Debbie Gartner
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Wow.  that is really dangerous and almost sounds illegal and/or breach of ethics. Wow.  How can they put people in dangerous situations like that?

Dec 07, 2013 07:57 PM #20
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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Common sense, let alone safety, should dictate a comment be made. How many buyers are really willing to deal with a mold issue?

Dec 07, 2013 08:51 PM #21
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Gabe Sanders
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I think there could be some legal liability for the broker if some one becomes sick from enterring a home with mold present.

Dec 07, 2013 09:50 PM #22
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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In our MLS, it is de rigueur to add MOLD in the remarks section.  If it is missing, and someone raises an issue, it hurts the agent's and the broker's reputation among other agents and brokers, Richard. 

Dec 07, 2013 10:40 PM #23
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Brad MacKenzie
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Yes, it is a shame that the listing agent didn't make this obvious from the start.

Dec 07, 2013 11:06 PM #24
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Richard Weisser
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Rich...

This is a tough issue that I have to think about, because in GA there is no duty for an agent to even see a house before listing it, so it is possible that they do not know.

Dec 07, 2013 11:27 PM #25
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Hi, Rich!  This post is included in this week’s Last Week’s Favorites.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Dec 07, 2013 11:40 PM #26
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Amanda Christiansen
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I hate when things like this happen.  It's a waste of my time and my buyer's time.  The listing agent's job is to sell the home, not get showings.  

Dec 07, 2013 11:51 PM #27
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Hannah Williams
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Richard   I agree ..The listing agent should have disclosed this information

Dec 08, 2013 05:53 AM #28
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The listing agent's policy was to generate showings and a sale--not protect the public--unfortunately.  

Dec 08, 2013 06:43 AM #29
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Karen Feltman
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Especially in the case of mold....too many people are allergic and it should be disclosed.  

Dec 08, 2013 08:24 AM #30
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Sandy Acevedo
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I understand where you are coming from. However, unless a mold inspection has been done, the agent its not qualified to make such a statement in the comments.

Dec 08, 2013 09:32 AM #31
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Shanna Hall
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Usually when a house has mold in it in St. louis they make you sign a mold release that you will are entering on your own free will and have been made aware of the situation prior to entering You may want to approach your board and have them put something similiar in place.

Dec 08, 2013 12:41 PM #32
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Suzanne Otto
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Absolutely it would have. That's a dangerous situation to be put in, without a warning.

Dec 08, 2013 11:16 PM #33
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David Shamansky
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Nah, come on you want the listing agent to disclose the home is riddled with mold. That will bring out the "investors" or should I say vultures, but keep all the O/O buyers away!!!

Dec 09, 2013 02:12 AM #34
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Wow, a pregnant woman walking down a staircase in the dark doesn't seem wise on her part. Mold is awful but her stay was brief so she'll be fine. You did the right thing ushering her out.

Dec 09, 2013 11:01 PM #35
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Lyn Sims
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Agreed that the condition should have been mentioned so you could have told your buyer the condition in her condition!

Dec 09, 2013 11:25 PM #36
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
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You can still hi-light the good points while informing of possible issues. I wonder if the Agent even went into the basement, or just went and snapped a few photos without really looking?

Dec 10, 2013 01:56 AM #37
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Beth and Richard Witt
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This could have had a bad ending...

Dec 10, 2013 08:05 AM #38
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
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GOOD MORNING RICH ... mold is one of those huge disclosure "you should have known" things that get agents in a lot of problems.  Good for you to act so quickly for your clients!

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