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Radon rules bedevil home sellers, agents

Date Published: 03/13/2007 [Source]

It's a handsome house, an almost-new colonial in a woodsy, Rockport neighborhood. John Bragg, a broker at deRochemont Realtors in Rockland, was happy to have the $475,000 listing under contract in January.

But then something unexpected happened. A routine air test by the buyers found elevated concentrations of radon, just as Bragg was learning that the state had lowered its recommended action level for dealing with the cancer-causing gas. When the buyers heard about the new guidelines, they backed out of the sale.