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Starting immediately, homebuyers and sellers who use Homespec home Inspections for their home inspections will have access to a Neighborhood Environmental Report™, which provides important information on known and potential contamination that exists on or in the vicinity of a property.

“Homespec is very excited to work with EDR to provide this valuable service to real estate professionals, homebuyers and home sellers,” said John Graham, owner of Homespec “While the reports often give neighborhoods a clean bill of health, real estate professionals and homebuyers are always much better off uncovering any potential environmental issues up front, as opposed to retroactively addressing a problem after a sale has been completed.”

Compiling data from federal, state, local and private databases, Neighborhood Environmental Reports™ provide records of contamination that could cause serious health problems as well as property devaluation. Homes that are contaminated often show no visible signs of the dangers they pose to residents through toxic air, water or soil problems.

Examples of contaminants the report screens for include leaking underground storage tanks, hazardous waste sites, Superfund sites or even in some states if a property was previously used as a methamphetamine (“meth”) drug laboratory.

Ensuring that homebuyers are aware of these types of environmental hazards has been identified as an important issue by several state legislatures including Arizona, California, Connecticut and Minnesota, as the potential effects to personal health and property value garner more attention from local communities across the country.

“For over fifteen years, environmental information has been a part of commercial real estate transactions. EDR created this report in response to the growing trend of residential buyers wanting or even expecting increasing amounts of information before making important decisions; whether purchasing a car, making a health-related decision or investing in a home,” said Robert Barber, CEO of EDR. “Part of this ‘due diligence’ trend is an increasing demand for expertly prepared environmental information.”

       

USA Today - July 7, 2006

Environmental risks, you ask? - 7/7/2006

It’s routine by now for buyers to hire inspectors to examine the home they plan to buy, but growing numbers of buyers are also seeking information on possible environmental risks nearby. Until recently, it was mostly commercial property buyers who sought such information, or home sellers required by state laws to disclose it. But some home inspectors and providers of environmental reports are banking on increasing demand from residential buyers nationwide who are already seeking information about crime, the neighborhood and local schools.

“Consumers just have an insatiable appetite for more and more information at the time they’re buying a home,” says Robert Barber, CEO of Environmental Data Resources, which has hooked up with the home inspection franchise Pillar to Post to provide this kind of information to home buyers for a fee of $150. “We started seeing an enormous spike in requests for information.” Barber says that at least 10 states in the last year have introduced new laws that require home sellers to disclose some environmental data to buyers, such as immediate proximity to a hazardous waste site, or a former gas station or dry cleaner.

Barber says the reports are based on searches of federal, state and local databases that list environmental hazards located within 300 feet of a residential property. More than 90% of the time the reports provide good news: no environmental hazards nearby.  “We anticipate it’s just a matter of time before environmental information is part of every residential property transaction in the country,” he says.

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