Have any realtors or home buyers come across chinese dry wall issues in the area? Do sellers and landlords have to disclose if the property has it??

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Diane Christ…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Tue Sep 10, 2013
Although this defective drywall was imported into the United States and FL as early as 2001, Chinese drywall was generally imported into the United States in large amounts after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, when there was a shortage of drywall for the reconstruction of homes and also new construction. That drywall was later discovered to contain toxins that corroded pipes and electrical wiring, emitted foul odors (rotten egg smell) and allegedly caused headaches and breathing problems for some people. The discovery led to thousands of lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and installers of Chinese drywall. One of the larger cases was just settled this year.

I went back and looked at some articles I had saved on Chinese drywall, as the situation first became a media topic in our area back in 2009.

According to the newspaper articles, 3 builders in our area were found to have used the Chinese drywall in question: Lennar, Taylor Morrison and WCI Communities.

In Heritage Harbour, there were a few homes in River Strand and Stoneybrook that had the tainted drywall, but the bulk of the problems were in Lighthouse Cove, especially Montauk Point Crossing. The builder has replaced the drywall in many of the affected homes. Chinese drywall was also found in a small number of homes in Waterlefe, Greyhawk Landing and Lakewood Ranch, according to the articles. Another problem spot was Stoneybrook in VENICE, another Lennar community.

The homes that have the Chinese drywall in our area were generally built between 2004 and 2008. Most of these homes have been identified and the defective drywall removed. However, I did see an article recently mentioning that several investors buying up foreclosure properties in these areas were complaining that they found Chinese drywall in the newly purchased properties. So I would not go so far as to assume that every property in our area that was built with the defective drywall has had the drywall replaced

I always advise my buyers to include a Chinese Drywall Addendum to their purchase offers and consider having a test done for Chinese drywall if there's any question that the home may have tainted drywall. That also goes for older homes that were remodeled during that same time period.

Regards,

Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR, CNE
Realty Executives Solutions

http://www.DianeChristner.com
email: DianeMC21@aol.com
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Thank you for your informative answer!
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Brian McGree…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Tue Sep 10, 2013
Just to set the record straight, the earliest known Chinese Drywall imported into the United States beginning in 2001. It increased in use during the housing boom years but was in use prior. The name Chinese Drywall is the common name used but it is more accurately termed Defective Drywall because the issue is not necessarily related to the place of manufacture but the release of sulfur gases from the drywall which causes the issues.

Hope this provides some further clarification. Frankly a book can be written on this topic alone. It is best to read the seller disclosure and hire a capable inspector when you find a property of interest.

BRIAN A. MCGREEVY
Broker/Owner, REALTOR, MBA, GRI, ABR, SRES, RRS, AHWD
Five Year Winner - Five Star Award- Best in Client Satisfaction
Sarasota Home Realty
2100 Constitution Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34231

Website: http://www.SarasotaHomeRealty.com
E-mail: SarasotaReal@gmail.com
Phone: (941) 544-6763 FAX: (941) 866-7588
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Scuba Lou Sa…, Agent, Bradenton, FL
Tue Sep 10, 2013
The term Chinese Drywall is actually called Defective Drywall since not just drywall from China is an issue. Typically, you have to make sure you include a drywall inspection on any homes built between 2004-2008, this is the timeframe when all the issues were prevalent in the area.

Signs of Defective Drywall can include; blackened copper wiring or pipes (Checking the coils in the A/C is a sure file way of checking), a strong, sulfur smell (Rotten Eggs).
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Teresa M. Fe…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Tue Sep 10, 2013
Not in a long time. There were some issues previously when the Chinese Drywall problems came to light but it seems all properties that had it installed have had it removed and its no longer prevalant today. Yes, sellers and landlords need to disclose if their properties have had any issues with Chinese Drywall. You also have the right to have an inspection for it's presence and if you are concerned about it, I highly reccomend you do so. Your realtor should be able to help you through this process.

My best,
Terri

Teresa M. Fellows
Broker/Associate
ERA Waterside Realty
941-350-4297
tmf4257@mac.com
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Brian McGree…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Tue Sep 10, 2013
Sellers who list with real estate companies are encouraged to complete a "seller's disclosure" concerning details about their home. If the seller is aware of any significant issues either past or present they should be disclosing this in the written report. This is as much for the protection of the seller as it is for the buyer since "failure to disclose" can result in legal action and significant financial responsibility. Sarasota home Realty does not accept listings without a seller disclosure being completed to the best of the seller's ability.

Since seller's might not be totally honest and because sometimes there may be an unknow issue, Sarasota Home Realty strongly encourages buyers to also hire an independent inspector to inspect the property once under contract. We include a Chinese Drywall addendum to contracts, in addition to other addendums and clauses, that provide the buyer protection and opportunity to cancel the contract if Chinese Drywall or other serious property issues are found.

Although most properties that were affected by Chinese Drywall have already been remedied, we have seen some properties which previously were not known to have Chinese Drywall come up unexpectedly. So, although uncommon we believe it is important to check for and protect our buyers against this and other possible issues.

BRIAN A. MCGREEVY
Broker/Owner, REALTOR, MBA, GRI, ABR, SRES, RRS, AHWD
Five Year Winner - Five Star Award- Best in Client Satisfaction
Sarasota Home Realty
2100 Constitution Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34231

Website: http://www.SarasotaHomeRealty.com
E-mail: SarasotaReal@gmail.com
Phone: (941) 544-6763 FAX: (941) 866-7588
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Tammy Hayes, Agent, Port Charlotte, FL
Wed Sep 11, 2013
There are still some homes with Defective Drywall being sold. If you decide to purchase a home you would need to hire a home inspector. If the inspector suspects Defective Drywall, then he/she would recommend a specialist to have it tested or you can cancel the contract. If the seller knows the home has Defective Drywall, then yes, they would be required to disclose it. However, many homes are bank foreclosures and the banks give no seller's disclosure.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Re/Max Palm Realty
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
941-276-6185
http://www.tammyhayes.remaxagent.com/
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J.D. "Dan" &…, Agent, Orange Park, FL
Sun Jun 1, 2014
Yes, It is a material fact that can affect a buyers decision to buy the home. It is discovered by inspection
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Randy and Vi…, Agent, Punta Gorda, FL
Sun Jun 1, 2014
Sellers and their agents have a duty to disclose any defective drywall issues. But that is only in the cases where they are aware of the defect.
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Linda Zuffa, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Thu Apr 3, 2014
Chinese drywall is not really the appropriate term anymore. DEFECTIVE DRYWALL was found to be not only coming from China, but I understand that there were even sources in the USA. I personally have not run into defective drywall issues, except in seeing in MLS listings a problem disclosed. Regarding disclosure, if a seller is aware of defective drywall, it must be disclosed. It is also something that a home inspection should uncover, if an issue. Had been a hot topic a few years ago, but doesn't seem to be much of an issue now.
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Hello, I'm looking at purchasing a home in the Founders Club community. Are you aware of any homes, built or refurbished, that may have had Defective Drywall (Chinese) drywall possibly installed ?

Thank you
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