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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

A large majority of our pre-1978 homes have had major renovations done, including remediating the LBP. I think our LBP testing guy will tell you about 1/3 of them do here in Charlotte. 

HOWEVER, as advocates for our clients, we MUST assume that 100% of them do. Testing is so darned cheap and remediation is not nearly as costly as most buyers assume it will be.

A very large part of our city (around the Uptown - our 'Old Charlotte' or historic district) is full of homes built in the early- to mid-1900's. So, it's very common to have LBP tests done here. 

May 16, 2020 08:44 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Lead-based paint poisoning is not a good thing. Take it from a former pediatric nurse. An old house with it's chipped and peeling paint is like candy for a toddler. Those paint chips are sweet. 

May 16, 2020 06:01 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

all of them.  that's all that was available prior to 1978.

May 16, 2020 04:32 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

EPA estimates for private homes built before 1980 ranged somewhere between 77% and 91% containing lead. Have not found any figures on public housing yet, however,I believe this represents 70 to 80 million homes in itself.

May 16, 2020 03:10 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

It's presumed to be all of them unless they have a certificate of deleading. We check for deleading certificates on a MA website.

May 17, 2020 06:58 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Good question, assume all. Don’t eat the paint chips and you should be good.

May 17, 2020 04:27 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

IN CA we assume all. As a CA house painter from 1978-1997 I guarantee it.

May 16, 2020 06:42 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

EPA breaks it down to pre 1940, 1940-1960, 1960-1978.

The number decreased as newer homes were built . . . also addresses lead solder used in plumbing through the late 80s!



May 17, 2020 06:39 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Don't know however I had a tenant who I failed to warn about it make an expensive fuss over her exaggerated fears of being brain damaged. The threat is not real and at the most present but not active. Over-rated & stated

May 17, 2020 06:22 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I'm going to say 100%. They thought lead in paint made it last longer so everyone used it. Old thoughts & theory there.

May 17, 2020 05:42 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I would say all of them. 

May 17, 2020 05:28 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Most and even those after 1978. Example is boat paint on kitchen cabinets.

May 17, 2020 05:25 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

I'd say about 75%.  Because so many houses were paneling in the 60s and 70s requiring no paint at all.

May 16, 2020 10:08 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Best to assume all of them do.

May 16, 2020 06:43 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

All and why the Lead Paint Disclosure is necessary Fred.

May 16, 2020 05:34 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Is this a trick question, Fred? I have no clue... I would guess that those built before the 1960's pretty much had lead paint. In all the years I've been a broker, I've never had anyone opt to do a lead based paint test, including in NYC where most of my sales were pre-war coops... people just expected it was there.

May 16, 2020 03:01 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Probably quite a few because they got away from using Tom Sawyer whitewash!

May 17, 2020 05:52 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

How many times has the house been painted since 1978?

Lead base paint, just like asbestos must be evaluated based on:

1. encapsulation

2. disruption. (remodeling)

3. willingness of parents to allow children to chew on the baseboards.

May 17, 2020 05:27 AM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

It depends on what year the house was built.  "Prior to 1978" includes a lot of different eras. 

Check out this link from EPA

May 17, 2020 04:16 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have to go with all of them for the sake of until it's proved otherwise.... 

May 16, 2020 10:20 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Who knows!  Wouldn't they all be painted over by now?

May 16, 2020 05:33 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The EPA estimates that 87 percent of homes built before 1940 contain lead-based paint, while only 24 percent of homes built between 1960 and 1977 are believed to contain it.

May 17, 2020 10:20 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent


May 17, 2020 03:06 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Good grief  I am guessing the vast majority of them.  Albeit most of them have been painted over time and time again.  In all the years of being in the biz there was only one home that was called out for 'peeling paint' by the appraiser and that was on the outside trim.  Easy fix.

May 17, 2020 10:55 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

 Excellent link by Karen Climer 

Lead based paint, like asbestos, was considered to be a standard, quality building product until both were revealed to be huge health hazards and outlawed.

I think testing for lead based paint is a waste of time and money. First, the buyer must answer the question: "What will you do if the test reveals that there is lead based paint?" Then, assume there is lead based paint on the home and take action based on the answer to that question.   

May 17, 2020 07:30 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Lowest common denominator ... let's assume all. 

We have a Lead-Based Paint disclosure here in CA - only used with homes built prior to 1978.  I've never had anyone want or ask for testing. 

May 17, 2020 07:27 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Probably none...anymore.

Florida still has the outdated LBP disclosures which are unimportant.

Yet, they have no mandatory disclosure as to who the agent really represents.

Go figure...


May 17, 2020 07:03 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

99.9% maybe one house used some other material. Cans of lead based paint remain available to purchase - it is still manufactured today for commercial use.

May 17, 2020 12:17 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

If I recalled correctly California was the first state forced the change. Therefore it has probably lower Pb on the wall than other countries. It forced paint producers to shift inventory to other states. In norther CA most walls have several coats of non Pb based paint by now. In fact most homes walls are opened up to have that open floor plan.

May 17, 2020 10:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I suspect all of them. It was certainly common back in Boston!

May 17, 2020 09:23 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Hard to say; it's rarely actually tested.

May 17, 2020 09:23 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It’s reported as < 70% , but wouldn’t every builder have used it 

May 17, 2020 08:43 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have no idea.  Looking forward to hearing what others say.  A

May 17, 2020 07:46 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I would guess most have been sealed or painted over by now, but in this area, i would bet 20% still have lead based paint.  Also, many of the old tile floors used mastic that contained asbestos.

May 18, 2020 01:11 PM