Roy Kelley (Retired)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't know that we need more regulations, but if a home is a smoker's home, I wouldn't mind seeing the listing agent disclose the fact in agent comments in mls... so we don't waste time showing properties that we know our buyers wouldn't select.

Sep 23, 2015 10:27 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

And shall we include cooking with garlic or exotic spices too?   What about fish; do they fry fish?   Oh, I know . . .  do they have peanuts in the house?  So many people have allergies so let's itemize each pet that has ever been in the home too!

Can you tell I'm frustrated by some of our prima dona purchasers lately?

Sep 24, 2015 02:00 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

The sellers don't have to disclose can smell it!!!

Sep 24, 2015 01:37 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not necessary as my nose does the job.

Sep 24, 2015 12:46 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No...if they smoke in the home you can smell it

Sep 24, 2015 12:41 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I don't think so and most would be insulted by that disclosure.  

Sep 24, 2015 12:20 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Most dont have to because when you walk in, it stinks. 

Sep 23, 2015 11:21 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I tend to agree with Nina Hollander .  Non-smokers certainly know when they enter a home whether it has been smoked in.  But, from a "wasted time" standpoint, I think it would be in both parties best interest to have a comment on the listing.

Sep 23, 2015 11:00 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I typically think, as a non smoker, you'd know right away. But, I'd need to think about the "requirement" aspect. I think it's great if they volunteer and info that keeps them out of court; not sure this is in that category though?

Sep 23, 2015 10:51 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker


Sep 23, 2015 10:25 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

If they are smoking in the home a non smoker will know in seconds of entering.

Sep 23, 2015 10:23 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Roy Kelley If they, or they allow others to, to smoke in the home so that the odor is noticeable, I think it would be very useful to have that as a mandatory disclosure, if only to avoid wasting the time spent by buyers who show up to the door and immediately say "pass"!

Sep 23, 2015 10:22 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I think it is obvious when you walk into the house..

Sep 25, 2015 10:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Even in California with our many disclosures, it's not required yet but as a non-smoker, it's readily apparent when you enter most homes that there is/has been a smoker on the premises.  

Sep 24, 2015 08:23 AM
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

The nose always knows.

Sep 24, 2015 06:02 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

On our Colorado Seller's property disclosure one of the questions - is the home tobacco free.   We need to adjust that to include pot.

Sep 24, 2015 05:06 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

That is a great question for the BUYERS agent to ask the listing agent if the buyer has those sensitivities. If agents rely on a call center that become more difficult.

Some folks have noses that detect imaginary issues. But there is not arguing with a nose.

In my expereince, most objectionable odors in the home are sourced to cooking or lawn and insect chemicals in the attached garage. 

Sep 23, 2015 11:05 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I can smell that the minute the front door is opened!!   I can smell it on clothes and furniture when I'm in the house....they need to deodorize furniture.... 

Sep 23, 2015 11:03 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I think it would be a helpful gesture in the agent remarks section - just saying...

Sep 23, 2015 10:51 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

That's a very interesting question. I would say yes and I wouldn't be surprised if at some point down the road a few years they would have to .

Aug 21, 2016 03:44 AM
Anita Allen
Levin Rinke Realty - 850-377-4410 - Pace, FL
Your Realtor for NW Florida, Pace/Milton/Pensacola

No need to disclose it.  You can smell it! 

Sep 27, 2015 01:59 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®


We are not selling the sellers, just the home

Sep 26, 2015 04:50 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I think it would be good to disclose that to potential buyers with breathing problems.

Sep 25, 2015 01:00 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes!  It is a personal habit, but the smoke gets into the walls and can be difficult to get out of a house... especially if they were a heavy smoker.  Given the health concerns, I think it is right up there with lead based paint.

Sep 24, 2015 03:10 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

A smoker doesn't have the sense of smell to determine the negativity which exists but a non-smoker can readily identify its presence. Ozone treatments work fairly well along with repainting, carpet removal and a general professional cleaning. We see it from both sides whereas a customer might not. 

Sep 24, 2015 11:57 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No there are too many rules already and if a person is sensitive to smoke they will know it when they walk in

Sep 24, 2015 07:45 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No, but walk into the house and your nose gets the disclosure.

Sep 24, 2015 06:03 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Not if they don't smoke in the home.  I don't think it should be an issue.

And, if they do smoke in the home, it should be obvious.

Sep 24, 2015 05:24 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Roy Kelley No, Susan Emo makes a good point. How far will this go.

Sep 24, 2015 03:08 AM
Amanda at VA HLC & FedHomeLoan
VA Home Loan Centers - San Diego, CA
Social Media, Content & Client Relations

Absolutely! I am horribly allergic to tobacco smoke, so I would want to know it's been seeped into the walls for years and would not buy the house, because of it. 

Sep 24, 2015 02:30 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I think it is pretty easy to tell, if listing a home and it smells like smoke a lot maybe ask the sellers if you can mention it on the MLS to not waste anyones time looking at the house that can't stand the smell of smoke? Though I can see a downside to that also, but it should not be a mandated disclosure, dont come to many homes that have people smoke inside anymore.

Sep 24, 2015 02:23 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

It will be obvious to all that enter.   But it is always a good idea to disclose ALL MATERIAL FACTS, let the buyers determite which (if any) they are concerned with.  I know there are company's that specialize in getting the smell out.  However, it is not inexpensive and I can still smell it, even after they are done.   It is also easy to find another property that does not have smoke.  I feel the same way about mold, replace the work smoke with mold and I give the same (free) advice.

Sep 24, 2015 01:38 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Yes, if you have to ask, disclose.

Sep 24, 2015 01:20 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Roy Kelley I am not sure if there is any such requirements legally, however, the home speaks for itself, isn't it?

Sep 24, 2015 12:54 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

It may be disclosed by the home.

Mar 03, 2019 02:24 AM