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Alan May
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Yes... we see radon mitigation systems in homes in the greater Chicago area frequently.  Installation of a radon mitigation system typically assures you that the radon levels will be lower than the radon levels in the outside air.

It's a "fix", not a problem.  I understand it might freak out the consumer... but once you point them to the research, they'll understand and should be okay with it. 

(although I understand... I wouldn't want it in my MBR Closet, either... in our area, it's typically in the basement).

Aug 26, 2017 07:24 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
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I've never, ever, ever dealt with Radon. Just rays from our San Diego sun.

Aug 26, 2017 11:29 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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It's a good thing to have one that works - you'll never have to worry about radon! Some of our builders install them as a preventative here in Charlotte. We have very few issues with radon here - it's just a big deal to some buyers.

Aug 26, 2017 10:11 PM
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Wayne Martin
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Yes, it was in the attic and disconnected. A further test showed no radon. It was a lucky day for the seller and even better for the buyer! 

Aug 26, 2017 07:13 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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Radon has never presented itself as an issue in our area --- at least not yet.  

Aug 26, 2017 09:57 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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I get the buyer's response in this case. Not something I have had to deal with here. There were issues back in Boston

Aug 26, 2017 09:13 PM
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Bob Crane
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Looks like a pretty safe reading on the gage.

 

Aug 26, 2017 09:06 PM
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Not unusual to have radon testing and a radon system in place in Maryland. Radon can always be corrected usually for  around $1000. It is good practice to test homes in our area.

 No reason to pass on a home  with a high level or one with a system in place.

Aug 26, 2017 08:58 PM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
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Sometimes contractors will install equipment where it is most convenient to them, regardless of aesthetics or convenience to the customer. The listing agent should counsel the seller to have a contractor relocate the system.

Aug 26, 2017 08:18 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Fred,

I can understand a "no thanks!"

Aug 26, 2017 07:21 PM
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Lynnea Miller
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Fred Griffin - radon is an issue in Oregon, mostly in the Willamette Valley which includes Portland, Salem and Eugene (the most populated cities in Oregon). In Central Oregon this is usually not an issue, however, for Portland transplants, occasionally we have a request for a radon test. In one scenario (this is the first I have ever heard) on a property we represented with a daylight basement and which was vacant and closed up for weeks, the property tested positive for radon gas. In order to make the sale happen, the seller agreed to radon remediation (cost of $5000), although subsequet tests he ran showed acceptable levels (almost nothing).  It is amazing what we do to sell a home.

Aug 26, 2017 07:12 PM
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Lyn Sims
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I think for noise, it was a bad idea (fan starting & stopping). I think the buyer needs to be educated because where there is one house, there is another that needs it. In IL, it's not a big deal but people freak when you mention it.

Aug 27, 2017 05:46 AM
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Joe Pryor
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This makes me grateful to sell in an area where radon is not a problem

Aug 27, 2017 04:06 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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Of course! I have a radon mitigation system in my house. They are quite common here, and having one in place means the sellers already took care of the problem. That's a great thing!

Aug 27, 2017 03:19 AM
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Jeff Pearl
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Yes, but rarely/never see them in bedroom closets. usually I see this in basements, and vents are on outside of house.

Aug 27, 2017 02:49 AM
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Praful Thakkar
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Fred Griffin - wow! What a placement! (If it is there, it is in basements....)

Aug 26, 2017 10:49 PM
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Theo Shaw
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That photo is of a manometer, which shows that there is negative pressure in the system, pulling radon from under the home to vent above the home.  I've never seen one in person, as all the radon mitigation systems I've seen have been totally outdoors.  I guess if the house has one installed when the home is being built, it could be anywhere.  That meter is a reassuring thing, showing that the system is working.  I wouldn't be frightened by it. 

Recent studies are showing there may be a link between radon exposure and Alzheimer's and Parkinsons disease.   I'd rather have an ugly meter in my closet than increase my risk of any of the diseases radon is associated with.

Aug 27, 2017 06:33 PM
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I have not Fred

Aug 27, 2017 09:19 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
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Like Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro - I have never dealt with radon issues in my area.  We deal with homeless which stops many of my buyers from buying a home where there is a homeless camp on the corner. 

Aug 27, 2017 07:26 AM
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Scott Godzyk
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I am starting to see more and more of them. Nh is the granite state after all so radon is present in alot of rural homes

Aug 27, 2017 05:59 AM
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Fred Griffin 

In New England, we deal with Radon Mitigation all the time. As we mostly have basements they are installed there. I believe it to be a positive for a home to have it BUT most of the time home buyer refuse the inspection, 

Aug 27, 2017 05:55 AM
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Nina Hollander
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Oh wow, Fred! Have never come across this... then again Charlotte area is not subject to a ton of radon. In 20 years here, I've only ever had one house that needed some one-time remediation.

Aug 27, 2017 04:19 AM
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
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Looks like it has a low radon level (less than 1). Why was the homebuyer freaked out? (I guess it should be in the garage instead of the bedroom.)

Sep 25, 2017 09:14 PM
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Joan Cox
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We see a lot of radon in our area, and I suggest these tests at inspection.  With the mitigation, radon levels will be lower than average approved by the government.

Aug 28, 2017 06:33 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Never have dealt with one...fortunately!

Aug 28, 2017 06:23 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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We deal w/ radon mitigation issues routinely in our market.  I've NEVER seen one placed in the living area.  Everything is in the basement and not an issue.  With a little bit of education & understanding, most people are fine w/ it.  

Aug 28, 2017 05:22 AM
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Seeing that would be enough for all my buyers to do an about face. 

Aug 27, 2017 08:15 PM
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William Feela
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I have not seen a system like this one, but I can see where it could scare peole off

Aug 27, 2017 06:56 PM
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Gita Bantwal
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Yes.

Aug 27, 2017 03:32 PM
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Elyse Berman, PA
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Fred Griffin Although I know the radon disclosure is on our contracts, I have never come across it or see the Radon Reduction System before. 

Aug 27, 2017 03:29 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Radon mitigation can be quite effective, but it does make buyers nervous. I also had a couple back out due to that.

Aug 27, 2017 12:08 PM
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What's radon?  We don't have that out here.

Aug 27, 2017 10:14 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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It really depends on what area of the country one is in. Some areas it's a radon is an issue and thus it's not 'scary' like it would be in other areas. Much like termites here in PHX area. People from back east have a tendency to 'freak' out if home had termites. The deal is - there are 2 kinds of home in PHX one that has termites and one that's going to get them.  I imagine that's the case with radon.

Aug 27, 2017 09:39 AM
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing your experience. Radon remediation is common in our area.

Aug 27, 2017 09:08 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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In the last 5 deals, 3 had to have systems put in because over 4. 0

Aug 27, 2017 08:42 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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No basement ?

Aug 27, 2017 07:13 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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we deal with radon mitigation systems all the time.....more than half the houses have an adverse reading....no big deal here...but why the heck would it be in a mbr closet???  we put them in the basement or in a closet that's not used very often, if the home is on a slab....we rarely have a slab home here....and above grade space would rarely have an adverse reading....the basement is the prime space for radon....

Aug 27, 2017 07:08 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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It is interesting to note that it takes a radon molecular trigger to activate or even infect a person anywhere from 5-25 years or longer to cause a cancerous outcome of some sort. Not all Radon is activated nor does one know when it does. The mere mention or suggestion does more damage than the actual radon at large. I am reminded of what a forensic doctor who does autopsies once wrote: There can be as many as ten things trying to kill someone at any given time. Which one succeeds is why we autopsy. 

Aug 27, 2017 06:56 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Have not encountered one...yet...

Aug 27, 2017 06:38 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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I haven't had any experience with radon issues in my area of Florida.

Aug 27, 2017 06:32 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Fred Griffin I listed one home a while back that had a radon problem in the basement. The problem was mitigated and it closed. These systems work very well and there should be no fear of radon.

Aug 27, 2017 06:14 AM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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     Off-grade house... having it in the MBR closet was unusual, to say the least.    

     This buyer is a family with young children... educated intelligent people, but the concept of "toxic gas" was a show-stopper.

Aug 27, 2017 08:20 AM