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Richfield House Hunt: Five New Homes Hit the Market

And if you didn't know, a radon test can be part of a buyers' inspection.

Every purchase agreement written for a home built before 1978 includes a government required form regarding the possibility of lead based paint in the home.

This came about because of numerous health problems the ingestion of lead based paint can produce, primarily in children. But, there are no forms—no mention at all, in fact—about the dangers of radon gas.

Exposure to elevated quantities of radon gas have been found to raise the risk for certain health problems, primarily lung cancer, in many people exposed to it over long periods of time. Radon gas is common in Minnesota, where an estimated 23 percent of home basements have it. Buyers seldom ask for a radon test as part of a buyers’ inspection and sellers almost never have the test done before putting a home on the market.

This is starting to change.

A radon test costs about $150 ($40 for a do-it-yourself kit) and in most cases would be a buyer expense as part of a buyers’ home inspection. If radon is found, the cost to fix it usually runs between $1,200 and $2,000. Buyers can find peace of mind if there is no radon and a negotiating point if there is.

Here are five more homes available for purchase in Richfield:

House No. 1: 7520 Harriet Ave. S.

Listed by: Re/Max Results

Price: $139,900 Taxes: $2,552

Description: One-story, single-family home; four bedrooms, three baths and 1,861 finished square feet. This classic Richfield rambler has natural woodwork, hardwood floors, a bay window in the front, a lower-level family room and lots of storage area. There are both a patio and a porch with a fenced back yard. This home is located near the Shops at Lyndale as well as . This is a potential short sale.

House No. 2: 6944 1st Ave. S.

Listed by: Counselor Realty

Price: $167,990 Taxes: $2,777

Description: One-story, single-family home; four bedrooms, three baths and 1,344 finished square feet. This mid-century rambler has almost everything on one level, including all bedrooms and the family room with a brick, wood-burning fireplace. Walk out to the large deck where you can entertain friends and watch the dogs romp in the private backyard. The home includes tilt-out, double-pane windows, hardwood floors and a tuckunder garage. There is an amusement room on the lower level, which is great for watching TV or movies or perhaps, a large office.

House No. 3: 6312 Oakland Ave. S.

Listed by: Edina Realty

Price: $179,990 Taxes: $2,220

Description: One- and one-half-story, single-family home; three bedrooms, one bath and 1,362 finished square feet. Just steps from and the , this spotless and bright home has new everything. The basics like windows, furnace, and AC are all new. So are the kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, appliances and cork floor. The family room on the lower level is new as well with new carpet, paint and lighting. There’s also a big deck for summer fun and a big fenced yard.

House No. 4: 6733 Humboldt Ave. S.

Listed by: Re/Max Results

Price: $179,990 Taxes: $2,552

Description: One-story, single-family home; three bedrooms, two baths and 1,074 finished square feet. This is the perfect home for the buyer looking for lots of charm in a convenient Richfield location. This home is bright and sunny with large windows, a beautiful brick fireplace, corner windows in the eat-in kitchen (with new stainless appliances,) a second fireplace in the family room right by the wet bar, coved ceilings and many other lovely touches. The backyard has a patio and is built for privacy. Set only one block from .

House No. 5: 7222 James Ave. S.

Listed by: Keller Williams Preferred

Price: $241,500 Taxes: $4,293

Description: Two-story, single-family home; five bedrooms, three baths and 2,150 finished square feet. This quiet Richfield home is new from top to bottom including, new carpet and paint throughout, two new and updated bathrooms, new light fixtures and a finished lower level with a large family room. The hardwoods on the main level shine and the dining room and kitchen are built with an open floor plan that’s great for entertaining. There are two fireplaces, on in the family room in the lower level and one in the dining room. There is also a double attached garage with room for storage.

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