NC Electives

Is Your House Killing You? Maybe Yes. Maybe No. Here's Why.

For decades, real estate agents have been educated about environmental factors that can affect the habitability and resale value of residential properties as well as the health of their occupants. Since the 1990s, real estate professionals have been required to disclose the possible presence of lead-based paint in most residential properties built before 1978. Radon gas testing and disclosure has been an issue for real estate agents since the 1980s. Costly litigation in the late 1990s made brokers nervous about the possible presence of mold.

Real estate professionals are compliant individuals. If there is a statute or rule that requires that they must disclose something that may affect a seller’s decision to sell or a buyer’s decision to buy, they will do so. But they often to do not know the reason or the background for the disclosure. In some cases, particularly with mold and radon, it is in the interest of multibillion-dollar industries to make sure that real estate agents disclose the possibility of environmental hazards. In some cases, there is poor or dated or no science behind the statutes or rules governing a real estate broker’s disclosure practice, and in that vacuum, environmental myths proliferate.

This course is an effort to separate the myths regarding mold, radon, and other environmental hazards from their realities.

Course Number: 1835 Name of elective cou...: Is Your House Killing You? Maybe Yes. Ma...

  • 1.1 Introduction from Debbie
  • 1.2 Video: How to navigate this course
  • 1.3 Course description
  • 1.4 Course objectives and video introduction
  • 1.5 Rules of engagement
  • 1.6 Your instructor
  • Section 2 MOLD
  • 2.1 What is mold and why are people afraid of it?
  • 2.2 How did this anxiety begin?
  • 2.3 Another Texas Mold Case
  • 2.4 What does science tell us?
  • 2.5 Have changes in construction contributed to mold problems?
  • 2.6 Will mold exposure make me sick?
  • 2.7 What do studies tell us about mold and health?
  • 2.8 Lawsuits and settlements: How big are they?
  • 2.9 Here's what one attorney advised her tenant clients about mold
  • 2.10 Holly Springs family moves out of their dream home and blames builder
  • 2.11 How did insurance companies respond to mold claims?
  • 2.12 Is there any way to prevent mold from growing?
  • 2.13 How Do We Get Rid of Mold?
  • 2.14 What is a broker's duty to disclose?
  • 2.15 How do I get a CLUE Report?
  • 2.16 Let's summarize. So what do we know about mold?
  • 2.17 Let's review.
  • Section 3 RADON GAS
  • 3. 1 What is radon and why are we so worried about it?
  • 3.2 Do people get sick from radon exposure?
  • 3.3 How is radon measured?
  • 3.4 How is radon gas measured around the world?
  • 3.5 Who is Stanley Watras?
  • 3.6 Does North Carolina have a lot of radon gas?
  • 3.7 Time to go to the maps!
  • 3.8 Is there radon gas in my water?
  • 3.9 How do I test for radon gas?
  • 3.10 How do I get rid of radon gas?
  • 3.11 3.11 What is the impact the decline of smoking?
  • 3.12 What is a broker's duty to discover and disclose radon gas?
  • 3.13 Is there a doctor in the house?
  • 3.13 Let's review radon.
  • 4.1 What's left? What else can kill you in your house?
  • 4.2 What is asbestos?
  • 4.3 Did the ban on asbestos kill more people at the Twin Towers?
  • 4.4 Should we get the lead out?
  • 4.5 So I don't have to worry about paint, right?
  • 4.6 What is that funny smell coming from my carpet?
  • 4.7 Is that bug spray killing more than just bugs? What about pesticides?
  • 4.8 What about formaldehyde and carbon monoxide?
  • 4.9 Do sellers have to tell consumers what they know about those hazards?
  • 4.10 Let's review those other hazards.
  • Section 5 CONCLUSION
  • 5.1 Are you done yet? Almost.
  • 5.3 One more thing.
  • 5.4 End-of-course survey
  • 5.5 Just hit the complete button....
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever