Hazard & Disclosures Archive

Is That Home Healthy?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Surprisingly, one in five home owners consider their homes unhealthy, according to the Healthy Home Study of about 800 home owners conducted by Houzz. So what makes a home healthy to home owners?...

Abandoned, Deteriorating Homes … Just Let Them Burn?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Foreclosures left abandoned for weeks, months, or years at a time can take a big toll on nearby home values. In the end, everyone in a neighborhood can feel the fallout. Can some...

Run a Background Check on a Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Purchasing a home is often the biggest financial investment your customers will make, so opting to have a “background check” conducted on a property before deciding to buy is becoming more commonplace. Databases...
August 1, 2011

Snakes on the House! How’d You Like to Try to Sell This House?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Thousands of snakes have invaded a five-bedroom home in Idaho, and one real estate agent is on a search for a snake-loving buyer. Realty Quest associate broker Todd Davis has been searching for...
January 31, 2011

Preventing Termites From Biting Up Your Investment

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey   I recently learned a surprising statistic: Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage a year in the United States, which makes these pesky creatures highly destructive. In fact, they cause more damage...

5 Signs Your Listing May Have Once Been a Meth Lab

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey The New York Times ran an article this week (“Illnesses Afflict Homes With a Criminal Past” by Shaila Dewan and Robbie Brown) that details a story about a family who moved into a spacious home...

Government Allocates $100 Million for Lead Paint Removal

Nearly $100 million in federal stimulus money will go to getting rid of lead paint from low-income homes, Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday. The toxic paint–which can lead to health problems, particularly in children–is often found in homes...

Thieves Target Staged Homes—Is it time for a House-Sitter?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Watch those high-end furnishings and fancy décor you use to stage your listings. Real estate practitioners in California are reporting a surge in staged, unoccupied homes being burglarized in affluent areas. Thieves are making off...