Real estate professionals have the privilege of guiding their clients through likely the most major financial transactions which occur in most people’s lives. Discovering and ensuring that buyers understand the actual condition of the home or property they are interested in purchasing and helping sellers communicate known hazards and defects is at the core of representing  buyer and seller best interests.

The Federal Lead-Based Paint and Lead-Based Paint Hazards Disclosure Rule requires that the landlord or seller of a residential dwelling built prior to 1978 provide the renter or buyer with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Lead Poisoning How to Protect Iowa Families and disclose available information on lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in the home.

A buyer must be given the opportunity to conduct testing to determine whether lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards are present. Federal law gives all buyers 10 days to have a home they intend to buy inspected for the presence of lead-based paint.

Encourage your clients to have pre-1978 properties inspected.  A lead-free home or property potentially is of more value and your clients will rest easy knowing that they have removed one less barrier to the transaction.

Help your clients ensure their decision is a safe decision, as well as a financially smart decision.