Today one of my buyers called me to see if she should pay extra on her home inspection for a radon test. She also asked me what is radon and how dangerous is it.

According to the EPA radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. Radon forms naturally from radioactive decay of uranium deposits within the soils of the earth crust. It then rises and seeps upward through the soil and into your home through spaces and cracks in the foundation or walls. No home is completely air-tight, which means radon can be in any home at any time.

According to the research that I read, radon has been conclusively been proven to be the second cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. Radon is considered the number 1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon kills thousands of Americans each year and is responsible for 15% of all lung cancers worldwide.

Should you get a radon test if you’re buying a Boston condo? To me the extra money on the home inspection is well worth it and more so it you are buying a garden level condo.

Source: EPA and Custom Home Inpection

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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