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glory1952, Other/Just Looking in Cape Coral, FL

Is anyone aware of Chinese drywall problems in homes in the Heatherwood Lakes community of Cape Coral Florida?

Asked by glory1952, Cape Coral, FL Wed Jul 18, 2012

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Chinese drywall includes most defective drywall that was imported from China from 2001 to 2007. This tainted drywall emits sulfuric gas and noxious odors and can cause corrosion on metal surfaces, internal writing, appliances and electronics.

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Dangers of Chinese drywall

Corrosion resulting from Chinese drywall can create issues with electrical appliances, including alarm systems and smoke detectors. In very high concentrations, Chinese drywall emits hydrogen sulfide, a dangerous gas that is considered fatal in high levels. The highly toxic compounds found in this drywall can be particularly dangerous to growing children. It affects not only their bone growth but also their nervous system.

Signs of Chinese Drywall
Rotten egg, sulfur or ammonia smells upon entering your home can be signs of Chinese drywall. Not all owners report these smells, so it is important that you look for signs of corroded copper wires, air conditioning coils, and corrosion on other metal sources.

If you suspect that you may have Chinese drywall in your home or a home that you’re considering purchasing, it is imperative that you hire an inspector to check your home. Inspectors are licensed and knowledgeable in all aspects of concern in buying a home.

Download our free eBook 12 Tips to Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida for more information on Chinese drywall such as it’s origination.

Feel free to search our listingbook for homes in Southwest Florida but be sure to contact us before accidentally purchasing a home with Chinese drywall.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
Here is the State of Florida's site to explain more about Chinese Drywall. There is no proof that taking the tonic drywall out and replacing it corrects the problem.


For more links regarding this topic visit my homepage at http://www.FloridaBuyerBroker.com and click on the menu item Chinese Drywall.

Beverly Howe, ABR, GRI, TRC, CIPS
Local direct: 239-269-2766
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 21, 2012
Thank you everyone for taking the time to answer my question and for your informative responses. Truly appreciate it!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 19, 2012
Expect remediations in most homes after 2005 and you will be safe. You will have up to 15 days after you have a contract executed by the seller to have the home inspected. This would be the time you want to have selected an experienced agent that has successfully negotiated for you and can recommend qualified home inspectors to provide you with details of possible remediation and or evidence of "defective drywall". Happy to help you find the right home.

Sarah Garrett, Realtor
"Chosen Best in Client Satisfaction 2006-2011" By Gulfshore Life Magazine
Cell: 239-464-8620
Email: sarahgarrett@argfl.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 18, 2012
I checked, and there have been no permits applied for since 2005 for anything resembling defective drywall.
The builder/developer was Beazer Homes (I believe), and I have not heard that they used any major amount of defective drywall, like some other builders did.
There are currently a couple of homes for sale in there. One is a bank owned property that commonly will not disclose anything.
However, there have been no comments in any listings in that development since 2005 that have mentioned any presence of defective drywall. So.....while I agree you need to get a qualified inspector, it appears that the Heatherwood development has not had any issues with Defective drywall, though legally I cannot guarantee anything :).
If you would like more information please contact me anytime.
I am also very familiar with defective drywall issues, as well as other issues you need to be aware of, and I know how to find answers.

Best Regards,

Chazz Lavely, ACCRS
Sellstate Priority Realty Network, Inc.
E-fax: 866-254-9919
http://www.CapeCoralBest.com (What you need to know).
http://www.Chazz.Listingbook.com (Free! Search like the pros –The Best!).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 18, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to give me a very informative response. Appreciate the help!
Flag Thu Jul 19, 2012
I have not sold any homes in there so I cannot tell you personally but I can help guide you through the process. I am very familiar with Chinese drywall in more ways than one. Either way.....do your diligence.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 18, 2012
Like others have said, it is important that you hire a home inspector to check for cdw on any home built in the mid 2000's. Heatherwood was one of these communities built around this time frame and is a possibility some of these homes may have or have had cdw.

Let me know if I can help you out in any way

Frank Glaab
Gulf Gateway Realty, Inc
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 18, 2012
Yes, it was hit the same way every other community built in the mid 2000s was. Some were already mitigated and resold. You really need to have a buyers agent working for you to do all the homework. Then if you put an offer in on one, make sure you hire a qualified home inspector to look for defective drywall.
Thank you for the great question.
Carolyn Giandonato
CNN Real Estate Team
Sellstate Priority Realty Network, Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 18, 2012
As with any SW Florida home delivered during the middle of the last decade, it is imperative that you hire a qualified inspector trained in detecting the presence of Chinese Drywall.

Heatherwood Lakes is a popular community with families as it is one of the few developments in Cape Coral with larger-sized homes. Here is a resource to view the active listings in Heatherwood Lakes: http://www.greaterftmyers.com/heatherwood-lakes.php

Good luck with your search!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 18, 2012
Call toll free US and Canada 1-800-283-7383 email: broker@FloridaBuyerBroker.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 18, 2012
Go to : http://www.FloridaBuyerBroker.com
Find the link on the menu which says Chinese Drywall and read the inntro page then look at photos of Chinese Drywall, more links, along with the 21 Critical Mistakes Most Buuyers Make. And the #1 Mistake Buyers Make. Beverly Howe, ABR, GRI, TRC, CIPS "the original" Florida Buyer Broker.
Call toll free US and Canada 1-800-283-7393 email: broker@FloridaBuyerBroker.com
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