The new license year is in full swing, and I am excited to preview one of the topics. Radon is
defined and detailed in the new General Update course in order for a broker to have an accurate picture of how to present radon information to a client.
Little did anyone think that the coastal areas of North Carolina would have to worry about radon.
However, as discovered in the 2017-18 General Update, areas of the coastal flat lands have tested as having exceptionally high levels of radon. In fact all parts of North Carolina have properties that have tested with high levels of radon.
Radon is a dangerous, colorless, odorless, and radioactive gas that occurs naturally in most soils and rocks. When radon is found in the closed in quarters of a home, high levels of radon can be very harmful. Actually, radon happens to be the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in America.
So what are some items brokers need to be aware of: (1) radon levels of 4.0 pico curies or higher
are a material fact in North Carolina and mitigation is needed, (2) radon detection devices are available, easy to use, and reliable, and (3) the mere presence alone of a mitigation system is not a material fact.
Investigation by a broker is essential in fully representing a client. A broker should ask the seller whether the system contains a fan or motor, whether it is functioning, whether the home was tested for radon, and if so what were the results.
Get this information on radon and much more by taking the General Update course. Hope to see you in class soon.