Geology Matters - Realtors

Potential Geologic Issues for the Realtor

As a Real Estate professional, being informed about an area is important.  Real Estate professionals need to be familiar with the area schools, neighborhood locations, shopping areas, recreation amenities and a host of other topics.  Being prepared or at least knowing where to find more information to questions of a prospective buyer is important.  Understanding how the geology a home or building is constructed on may affect the structure is not a common topic but is very important in some cases.

Potential geologic issues and/or hazards encountered in North Carolina can include the following:

Ground collapse: old mines and prospects and sinkholes 

Slope movements and landslides

Rippable vs non-rippable earth material

Expansive soils (shrink swell clays)

Acid-producing rock

Groundwater – quantity and quality with respect to geology

Radon in air and groundwater – The Geologic Link

Arsenic - Naturally occurring Arsenic in groundwater 

Earthquakes  

Coastal Hazards

When the Ground Moves – A Citizen’s Guide to Geologic Hazards in North Carolina  - NC Geological Survey Informational Circular 32 provides a simple review of some of the geologic hazards that can be encountered in North Carolina. 

A paper titled - Geoscience Education for Realtors, Appraisers, Home Inspectors, and Homeowners, provides an overview of geologic hazards in the Colorado Front Range area and their potential to impact property values.  These same concepts can be applied to geologic hazards and possible impact on home sites in North Carolina.  Link to abstract of paper: http://nsdl.org/resource/2200/20061003224429180T

Direct link to paper from The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) - http://www.nagt.org/files/nagt/jge/abstracts/Nuhfer_v52n5.pdf