David Saks: MOLD : NOT AGAIN

David Saks - Real Estate Broker - The Real Estate Mart of Tennessee, Inc. - 4040 North Watkins-Suite #4 - Memphis, Tennessee 38127 - Phone (901) 357-4663



Mold is everywhere.

It grows on everything.

It can destroy everything, too.

Mold can make you puke.

Mold reeks.

It can make you mad with nausea.

It causes allergic reactions and can make it hard to breathe for many.

It can release gases and toxins and causes irritation.

In the last few years thousands of claims have been filed because of mold hazards.

Have you had to deal with this problem ?

What measures were taken to correct it ?

Many thanks to all for your thoughts.

David Saks

Time&Temp Memphis

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Comment balloon 10 commentsDavid Saks • April 06 2008 04:38PM


I'm working on a bank owned property that is full of mold.  The contract will be finalized in the next couple of hours...the buyer is aware of the situation and plans to totally revamp the house.  He got an awesome deal on it but it's going to cost him 50 grand to repair it.
Posted by Mary Warren over 12 years ago
The best thing you can do to get rid of mold is cut off its water supply.  There are lots of treatments, including tearing everything out and rebuilding.  But since mold spores are everywhere, you've got to cut them off from water. 
Posted by Anonymous over 12 years ago
I lived this nightmare...I decided to just move....The mold was making me deathly ill.
Posted by BLR Guy (BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc)) over 12 years ago
Hi Mary. The only good thing about mold is the potential for finding a bargain property if the buyer is willing to tackle that biological hazard. Glad you got the deal, but, on the other hand, I'm not so sure that I'm envious of the buyer. That stuff is nasty. These days, between termites and mold, it's hard to say which is worse. I guess it depends on the climate, although lots of humidity, moisture and wood are fine pickings for those pesky little bugs. Hope you have a great week and many thanks for your thoughts.
Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 12 years ago
Hi BLR Guy. I must admit, I'm sorry for your situation, but relieved that you got out of harms way. I know you would have been pleased if remaining in the home had been an alternative for you. Many, as yourself, have had no other choice than to find better living conditions. Hope your in great health this day as a result of your decision. Have a great week, and thanks for posting.
Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 12 years ago
David I went to a seminar on Mold last year and it was interesting to learn about new methods for getting rid of it.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 12 years ago

David, mold can do a lot of damage, especially that sometimes people don't know they have it until it's too late.

In the Twin City area, there have been quite a few homes built in the 1990s that ended up with mold under stucco siding. As you can imagine, the have been several law suits and expensive repairs were needed. 

Posted by Marzena Melby, Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty) over 12 years ago

George: Seminar participation on the subject is a good idea for realtors. Thanks for your thoughts.

Marzena: Compatibility of materials and proper ventilation is a must. Good thoughts.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 12 years ago

It can cause severe health problems.  I have been told it can even cause adult-onset asthma.  Bad stuff!  Mold goes back over 3500 years.  You can read about how to mitigate for radon in the Bible:  Read Leviticus 13.


Posted by Jacki & Jerry Shafer, The Shafer Team, Call 502-643-SOLD (The Shafer Real Estate Team, Keller Williams Louisville East) over 12 years ago

Thanks Jackie & Jerry. Sorry for the late reply.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

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