Is That Condo Building Structurally Sound?

Questions linger and answers remain elusive in Surfside, Fla., more than a month after the deadly collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building. The local real estate community is still healing from the June 24 tragedy, which killed 98, including agent Maria Notkin, who was affiliated with Rotbart & Associates in Miami Beach, and her husband, Arnie. While grieving with victims’ families, real estate professionals in South Florida and across the country also are grappling with fresh concerns about the structural soundness of aging multifamily buildings. “Any agent showing high-rises going forward is going to look twice at what’s really going on with the integrity of the condo buildings that they’re selling in,” says Jorge Guerra, CRS, C2EX, broker-owner of RESF Real Estate in Coral Gables, Fla.

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