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Working With Real Estate Professionals in Minnesota

Adapted from the presentation at the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and with permission of the presenter, Scott Arcand, Radon Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Radon Awareness Act (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=144.496) disclosure requirements include a radon warning statement with the language:

Radon Warning Statement:
The Minnesota Department of Health strongly recommends that ALL homebuyers have an indoor radon test performed prior to purchase or taking occupancy, and recommends having the radon levels mitigated if elevated radon concentrations are found. Elevated radon concentrations can easily be reduced by a qualified, certified, or licensed, if applicable, radon mitigator.

Every buyer of any interest in residential real property is notified that the property may present exposure to dangerous levels of indoor radon gas that may place the occupants at risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer. Radon, a Class A human carcinogen, is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause overall. The seller of any interest in residential real property is required to provide the buyer with any information on radon test results of the dwelling.

With the legal emphasis on radon disclosures, the department provides outreach and education to realtors. Education efforts included working through the MN Department of Commerce to get course approval for realtors regarding radon, equaling 1.5 hours. (Courses include training on mold and carbon monoxide.) Since October 2014, 91 classes with 2084 agent/attendees have been held.

Courses are offered as using teaching methods of:
• Traditional Classroom Style
• PowerPoint
• Video
• Question and Answer

Teaching venues may include a variety of locations, including:
• Real Estate Offices
• Restaurants
• Hotels
• Association Offices
• Libraries

The Minnesota Department of Health outreach avenues include:
• MN Association of Realtors E-Newsletter
• Email Notices to Each Local Association
• Radon Contractors
• Referrals from Office Managers and Agents
• Builder Agents

For more information about working with real estate agents, contact:
Scott Arcand
MDH Indoor Air