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Monday, November 30, 2009

Chinese Food, Chinese Checkers, Chinese Drywall

Chinese Food, Chinese Checkers, Chinese Drywall..... What do these all have in common? I will tell you at the end of this post, stay tuned.

Many web sites have appeared that provide information regarding Chinese drywall since the Consumer Product Safety Commission found "a "strong association" between Chinese drywall and corrosion of metals."

Take a look at "Welcome to Chinese Drywall." The drywall in question was apparently imported between 2005 and 2007. Another link is a story provided by CNN.

I have read articles myself discussing the impact of this corrosion on air conditioning systems but have never seen any evidence personally here in Brevard County, Florida.

Perform a Google search for "Chinese Drywall" and you will be amazed, I'm sure, at the many web sites providing information on remediation as well as legal remedy.

The Florida Department of Health provides an opportunity for you to sign up and receive information as it becomes available.

Like any condition that could materially affect the value of a property if a homeowner is aware of the presence of this material, they, as well as their real estate professional, must disclose it.

The Seller's Disclosure Form provided by the seller's real estate agent has been revised to include a question regarding the presence of this material as well as a new “Chinese Drywall Addendum for Purchase” which is available for use.

According to the Florida Association of Realtors' web site "it is important to understand that not all Chinese drywall is defective and not all defective drywall is from China."

Just another thing buyers and sellers need to be aware of as they buy and sell real estate.

If you are considering buying or selling in Viera, Suntree and Rockledge, Florida, I would welcome a chance to discuss how I can assist you in the process. Call me directly at 321-693-3850 or email me at

And the answer to the question - nothing!

©Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida.

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