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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Haven't seen it here but did back in New England along with knob and tube.

Sep 22, 2022 08:53 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It's rare, but I've also seen knob and tube wiring.

Sep 22, 2022 08:37 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Yes! I owned a home in Illinois built in 1972 and it had an electrical fire in January 1994 from aluminum wiring burning in the walls before it finally ignited and caused major damage. Before the fire, weird things started happening: 1) light bulbs kept burning out, 2) Ceiling Fan took off like a helicopter out of control, 3) blow dryer and curling iron burned out after plugging them into the sockets, 4) Electrolux vacuum cleaner plug scorched the wall where I plugged it in and the vaccuum cleaner burned out completely. My home was a ranch with siding, typical of what builders built in Lake and Cook County where Lyn Sims is from in the 1970's. The house next door to me also caught fire and had the same aluminum wiring. It burned down the year before mine did. When I bought the house, there were no Home Inspectors and I had no idea what type of wiring was in the walls. Also, the furnace kept going out throughout November and December and the Furnace guy kept getting it restarted by making me pay for a new limit, but the limit switches kept going and never shut the electricity off when it got past the temperature setting. I didn't know I had aluminum wiring until the Fire Marshall and the Home Insurance Company did their investigations. When I asked them, why didn't it catch fire before 1994, they said I was using more electrical power usage than what was typical in the 1970's and 1980's. They didn't know about the fact that aluminum wiring wasn't up to code when the house was built or safe for home owners as years went by until houses like mine caught fire. I don't know what year builders stopped installing aluminum wiring, but by the time I had my house fire, it was too late and I was told, my kids and I were lucky. Other houses had fires during the night and many people died. 

Sep 22, 2022 03:27 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I just had a listing that had part aluminum wiring.  It was the first house that I know had it since I started my real estate career so I do not think there is much in our Elk Grove area.

Sep 22, 2022 09:56 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do not believe so. I've not seen it come up in any inspection reports. 

Sep 22, 2022 09:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I don't think it ever caught on here Peter Mohylsky but I am sure there are a few homes that have it here in Minot ND.

Sep 22, 2022 09:11 AM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

A recent blog post by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP addressed aluminum wiring in home in the 1950s

Sep 22, 2022 12:05 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The new stuff being built would not recognize any other type of wiring being used. The most modern, functional & inexpensive code required goes to work

Sep 22, 2022 11:58 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

not prevalent but still have it come up occasionally. hate it when that happens.

Sep 22, 2022 10:31 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

We see it here occasionally and might see it more in the homes that are hitting the market.

Sep 22, 2022 08:59 AM
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

Yes it's quite common in the condos I sell and 100% acceptable where it's allowed and copper where it's required. I've seldom sold a house with 100% copper.

Sep 22, 2022 06:08 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Haven't seen it here yet. It is cheaper than copper but can be more of a fire hazard if not installed correctly and it rusts, is softer and can be easily cut, broken or damaged.

Sep 22, 2022 10:59 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Can't remember ever seeing any. 

Sep 22, 2022 10:05 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Can't remember the last time I saw it. Maybe never in the 23 years I've been in Charlotte.

Sep 23, 2022 06:15 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Have not seen it in years. But once upon a time it was big issue.

Sep 23, 2022 04:59 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Rarely have we run into a home with aluminum wiring - it's been years.

Sep 22, 2022 04:43 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Homes built in the 70s here had (and still do) aluminum wiring.  Provided it is disclosed and the home owner knows what's required, what is different, all will be well.   My parents bought a fancy smancy 4br/2bth manufactured home from Alcan Aluminum Co back in the late 60s and it was the newest trendy product.  It came fully furnished and was the coolest thing ever.   Even our house key which I still have, was an aluminum key lol   No issues with the wiring right up until they sold in 2000.  

Sep 22, 2022 04:18 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

no idea

Sep 22, 2022 01:37 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Very rare here except for an occasional old mobile home in the rural areas. We do have some old knob and tube though perhaps once or twice a year in homes built circa 1900's 

Sep 22, 2022 12:59 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

still is in the older homes.


Sep 22, 2022 11:44 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

yes & it's usually found during the home inspection which starts an uproar. I know the subdivisions where it is used.

Sep 22, 2022 11:40 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I leave such estimations up to the inspector and I have not heard of any homes having it here.

Sep 22, 2022 11:06 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Yes, in homes built in the 70's.

Sep 23, 2022 07:01 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Yes, it may be in older homes. Owners don't always know unless they had an issue and had to replace it.

Sep 26, 2022 05:59 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Here and there we do see it. 

Sep 26, 2022 05:16 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

None that I have encountered although a guess would say there's still some yet to be discovered. Mostly found in Central Florida homes built in the mid 60's through mid 70's are prime candidates. Insurers are likely not going to issue policies and which remediation can be very expensive.   

Sep 25, 2022 04:56 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

had one where it was in the inspection report, buyer didn't buy, EMD was returned as it was during due diligence.

Sep 25, 2022 12:52 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Probably, aluminum was used starting in the '60's due to copper shortages. the issues are mostly with the connections. A relatively easy fix is to have a licensed electrician reinforce the connections with copper. 

Sep 24, 2022 11:21 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I've never heard of a house having aluminium wires in any homes in Southern California.

Sep 24, 2022 10:46 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

You bet!
That is when an agent needs to know who to call for the AlumiConn fix.
Not a big deal but a 'drama queen' inspector can turn it into one.

Sep 24, 2022 10:13 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Not sure, is aluminum wire  bad or good? 

Sep 23, 2022 01:55 PM