When purchasing a piece of property, it is important to be aware of any environmental liabilities associated with it. For example, you should find out if there are any registered underground tanks within several miles of the property, known contaminated properties in the neighborhood, or property owners who have been fined by the government for failing to meet environmental safety standards.
Before, it took a costly site investigation to acquire this type of information, but now there are online environmental databases available at a fraction of the cost. Anyone can access reports on otherwise hard to detect environmental issues. With these databases, it is possible to obtain a list of hazards near a property, or spills and violations attributed to businesses nearby.
Some reputable databases include VISTA Information Systems, located in San Diego, California, which allows you to register and search the data bank for free, and E Data Resources, which is located in Southport, Connecticut. These services are all relatively inexpensive, but can provide you with priceless information that is useful before you make a purchase.
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Linda and Dave were excellent in several areas with the sale of my home. This included communications, market knowledge and getting the job done. They always returned calls promptly.Ann B.
This note is to let you know how much I appreciated working with you over the last 5 months. When I was selling my duplex you showed me information about the market that I was naïve to. When the buyer was dragging his feet, you said the appropriate words to get him going. During my search for a replacement property you were extremely patient. You spent many nights at the office until 8 p.m. When we finally found the perfect deal you were quick and stealth like. We had the property tied up before most people knew the property was available. Then there was all the paperwork before closing. I would have most assuredly gone mad if you were not there to sort things out. I appreciate all the work you put in to make these deals work. I look forward to working with you in the future.Pete F.