Star Trib:  ‘More Than 40% of Minnesota Homes That Tested for Radon Had Elevated Levels’

“Finding elevated levels of radon is becoming less of a surprise, but it’s still generally a surprise.  ‘Can’t see it, can’t smell it, can’t taste it.'”

–Pat Brennan, radon remediation contractor; “State is a Radon Hotbed” (Star Tribune 2/10/2013).

Not all my Buyer clients have heeded my advice, but for several years now I have been routinely recommending that Buyers purchasing a home test for radon as part of their home inspection.

That stance puts me in a distinct minority amongst Minnesota Realtors; anecdotally, I’d estimate fewer than 20% of my colleagues uniformly recommend a radon test.

At least, that was as of today.

Thanks to the front page article in today’s Star Tribune . . . I think that percentage just went up.

See also, Testing for Radon:  Cost-Benefit Analysis;” “Recommending a Radon Test (or Not).”

40%  . . . or 25% to 33%?

The range I’ve been quoting prospective Buyers for the likelihood of finding radon — 25% to 33% — is actually a bit lower than the Star Trib’s 40%.

I think the difference is explained by two things:  1) there’s more radon in the southern part of Minnesota, outside the Twin Cities; and 2) radon tests tend to be done where nearby homes have already tested positive.

So, you could say that there’s some subtle self-selection operating.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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