Agent’s bad advice on radon

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Dear Barry, When I bought my home, the home inspector recommended that I have a radon test for an additional $100. My agent, who also attended the inspection, said there had not been any high radon levels in the area and that the additional fee was a waste of money. So I didn't get a radon test. After closing escrow, I bought a radon test kit at the hardware store and discovered that the radon in my home is three times the level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. Is my agent liable for his misleading advice? --Mickey Dear Mickey, Prudent real estate agents know better than to advise clients on matters that exceed their professional expertise. Unfortunately, there are numerous examples of agents crossing this critical line. Some advise against engineering and soils reports, against research of building permits, or against even having a home inspection. Those who give such advice misrepresent the interests of their clients, while exposing themselves to serious levels...