Make Sure You Don't Buy A METH house!

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Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Resource Realty Services

Warning!

Warning!

The volatile, toxic nature of manufacturing "meth" makes it a very serious health issue.  For every pound of methamphetamine (crank) manufactured there is six pounds of toxic waste and residue left behind.  In addition to the hazardous waste concerns, the making of "crank" in a drug lab is highly susceptible to explosions and fires.  Trust me, you don't want to be living in a former drug lab home or even near a drug lab.  It is not going to be very good for your safety, home appreciation or resale value.

It would definitely be nice to make sure your new home wasn't a former drug lab for Meth.  The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) thinks the same way.  This is why they have started the National Clandenstine Labortary Register, a great web site that will allow you to look up houses in your state that have been identified as meth labs.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is still trying to set guidelines & procedures on how to deal with drug lab homes.  It seems NAR can't figure out how to properly disclose drug homes and/or how to set standards for cleaning up drug homes.  As of August 2008 NAR has no policy in place to deal with this issue.

So, take a second to review the registry to see if your new dream home was a former drug home.  While your looking, you also might want to check other addresses of family members, friends, co-workers, etc.   Lucky for us, it appears the higher concentration of drug homes are located in the southern states.

HomeBuyer Advocate Mike

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Christina ONeal
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Thanks for the information :)  i didn't know we could look that up.  I'll bookmark this one :)

Dec 12, 2010 04:01 PM #1
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Vickie McCartney
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Hi Michael~  I had no idea there is a website with registered Meth homes!  Thanks for sharing this with us!

Dec 12, 2010 05:33 PM #2
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