Home and Land Buyer's Guide to the Environment / Edition 1

Home and Land Buyer's Guide to the Environment / Edition 1

by Barry Chalofsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0882851586

ISBN-13: 9780882851587

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: CUPR/Transaction

What should you know about environmental conditions before you buy a house? This book has the answers and provides the tools people need to make smart decisions about real estate. When buying a house, most people worry primarily about whether they can afford it or whether they will qualify for a mortgage. But environmental considerations can be more crucial than

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What should you know about environmental conditions before you buy a house? This book has the answers and provides the tools people need to make smart decisions about real estate. When buying a house, most people worry primarily about whether they can afford it or whether they will qualify for a mortgage. But environmental considerations can be more crucial than the purchase price. Although real estate agents are excellent sources of information on neighborhoods, schools, social amenities, and housing values, many are unfamiliar with more specialized concerns like environmental hazards.

In this book, Barry Chalofsky provides a comprehensive checklist of environmental factors that customers should consider before buying a house or a piece of property. He explains in easy-to-understand language how to evaluate the potential impact of environmental factors and directs readers to the best sources of information on specific problems. Chalofsky begins his work by examining natural environmental factors including floodplains, wetlands, drainage, high water tables, steep slopes, soils, vegetation, earthquakes, hurricanes, fire, volcanoes, radon, insects, and sunlight.

Chalofsky then examines man-made environmental factors, including asbestos, lead, electromagnetic fields, noise, odor, sinkholes, abandoned mines and landfills, underground utilities, underground pollution, hazardous waste sites, oil tanks, pesticides and herbicides, and air quality. A final portion of the book looks at vital utilities—like wastewater and solid waste disposal, water supply, and heat, electrical, and telephone service. Developmental considerations, such as zoning and other land-use regulations, and confusing legal terms like access, rights-of-way, easements, deed restrictions, and eminent domain, are also translated into language every home buyer can understand. This is an essential guide for anyone planning to buy a house or a piece of property.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882851587
Publisher:
CUPR/Transaction
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Introduction1
Pt. 2Natural Environmental Factors11
Pt. 3Man-Made Factors49
Pt. 4Utilities73
Pt. 5Development Considerations85
Pt. 6Conclusion107
App. AFederal and State Environmental Agencies113
App. B: Sources125
Index129

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