Are You Kidding?

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Real Estate Agent with Remax Trinity 2001010154

Last night I received a text I wish had been a joke.  It was an agent asking me, "Mark, what is a radon mitigation system?  You stated that there's one in your home for sale on Deep Cove."  It's often said that there's no such thing as a stupid question, but coming from a seasoned agent on a high production team, that was a stupid question. I texted back that the system was in place to treat high levels of radon that had previously been found in the home.  The agent texted back and said, "Oh, OK, I'll show my buyers the house down the street then.  That one doesn't have a mitigation system."  Oh, dear . .. . .

 

We build our homes in Northeast Ohio on top of the Marcellus Shale, a massive underground bed of marine sedimentary rock that is a reservoir for oil and gas reserves.  All of this shifting rock fills our basements with naturally occurring, carcinogenic radon gas.   A mitigation system is quite simply, a diverter, sending radon gas out of a home and into the outside air where it dissipates harmlessly.

 

A Florida Realtor doesn't need to know that much about radon mitigation. Homes built on sand don't have high radon levels.  A little league baseball player is also off the hook for not being aware of radon. He or she just needs to know where the best place is for getting post-victory ice cream.

 

But an agent in Northeast Ohio must know about radon and understand mitigation systems.  This doesn't just affect our clients' satisfaction in a home-buying situation.  It affects their longevity.  Exposure to high radon levels is directly linked to lung cancer.  Understanding radon and educating clients about it is protecting their health.

 

One of our fiduciary responsibilities to our clients is "reasonable care and skill" in the performance of our job.  We don't have to understand the finest nuances of every issue related to homeownership, but we do have to care enough to be educated Realtors.   And if there are gaps in our knowledge, we have to remedy that.  A doctor can't tell a patient who is complaining of stomach pain, "I can't help you with that.  I'm not sure about all of that stuff south of the cardiothoracic cavity .. . ."

 

And in the event that we are ignorant of some term or situation when representing a client, there's always Google to enlighten us.  It saves us from what happened to my fellow agent last night - better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and dispel all doubts!

 

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       Mark Piscitelli and Theresa Ziebro - Northeast Ohio Realtors

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Rainmaker
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Perhaps radon has gone to that agent's brain.  Or perhaps he misunderstood the meaning of the word mitigation.  

Oct 28, 2015 05:13 AM #1
Rainer
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Mark Piscitelli & Theresa Ziebro
Remax Trinity - Brecksville, OH

No offense to your fair gender, Susan, but he was a she.  And yes, there are many excuses we could conjure up for that agent!  

Oct 28, 2015 05:16 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wow.  Not sure what to say.  I think that it is safe to assume that just because another home does not have a system, that does not mean that radon is not present.  I am sure that if the buyer performs a radon test, they may need to ask that seller to install a mitigation system as well.  Good luck with that one.

Oct 28, 2015 05:17 AM #3
Rainer
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i know all abot radon. in fact a few years ago i had several of them. they kept the glare down when i was driving at sunset the best. i cant find a decent pair of sunglasses anymore. i keep looking for the radon brand sun glasses. maybe i should call that realtor who wants me to be blinded by the light :) good post.

sometimes we dont know enough to know, what we dont know

Oct 28, 2015 05:23 AM #4
Rainer
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Mark Piscitelli & Theresa Ziebro
Remax Trinity - Brecksville, OH

Right!  Mine is the safer property, and the agent was steering her buyers towards one that may or may not have high levels.  *slaps palm to forehead . . .

Oct 28, 2015 05:24 AM #5
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Just because they are a seasoned agent and high producer doesn't mean they know it all

Oct 28, 2015 05:28 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Yowza!  I'm going to agree with William Feela.....seasoned doesn't mean they're good at what they do, just been doing it a long time. 

Oct 28, 2015 06:17 AM #7
Rainer
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Mark Piscitelli & Theresa Ziebro
Remax Trinity - Brecksville, OH

Yowza, indeed!

Oct 28, 2015 10:45 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I hope that the Buyers are smarter than their agent!  What a story!

Oct 31, 2015 01:28 PM #9
Rainer
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Mark Piscitelli & Theresa Ziebro
Remax Trinity - Brecksville, OH

Yes, Sharon, though i am loathe to admit it, sometimes are buyers are smarter than us!  

Oct 31, 2015 08:42 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this story. Agents in Maryland surely need to know about radon and radon mitigation.

Nov 08, 2015 01:19 AM #11
Rainer
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Mark Piscitelli & Theresa Ziebro
Remax Trinity - Brecksville, OH

You're welcome, Roy!  May it be the last time i ever have a story to share like this. . . .

Nov 08, 2015 11:56 AM #12
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