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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.
We recently purchased our first home and used Steve Lauver as our agent. We were amazed at the degree to which he would adjust his schedule to work around ours. He was very knowledgable and was very good about pointing out potential issues with homes that we might have missed. We never felt pressured or uncomfortable working with him and always felt as though he had our best interest in mind. We will definitely give him a call when we are ready to sell. If you don't have an agent I would highly recommend giving Steve a call.Recent Buyer