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Lead Based Paint

If it’s red – there’s lead! We tested this window last week. Are you buying an older home (prior to 1978)? Your real estate agent will ask you to sign a lead paint disclosure statement (An EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards) encouraging you to consider having your home tested for […]

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Indoor Air Quality

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How Your House Works

Attention first time home buyers! I always include helpful hints, maintenance tips and how to advice with every home inspection. Whether you’re building, buying or selling I share my 40+ years experience. For the next 30 Days (March 16, 2014 till April 15, 2014) I’ll include a free copy of How Your House Works to […]

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Non-vented Fireplaces

I assume when the fireplace industry named them “Vent-Free” the move was to play upon the term “free”. I’d like to offer you this opportunity to watch a short video (with Quiz) and to read this article by Dr Allison Bailes. I often quote Dr Bailes  here on Real Estate Reality and do so again: Yeah, […]

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Re-Inspections

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Gary Smith - 203(k) Trainer - Coach - Bathroom Remodel

Easy to Use Bathroom Remodeling Form

HOUZZ SLIDE SHOW :: Bathrooms by the Numbers If you’re considering upgrading your home’s bathroom one of the first questions to ask yourself is does this make a smart investment. Other than the kitchen, the bathroom is the most renovated room in the home. In terms of value you’ll recoup, on average, about $6.50 of […]

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Simple Energy Savings Tips

The average monthly electric bill for residential properties in Hawaii was $203.15, the highest in the nation for 2012, according to recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The average residential electric bill, by contrast, in New Mexico was $74.62, the lowest in the nation. In the contiguous United States, the South Atlantic region […]

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Do I Really Really Need a Real Estate Agent?

Let’s cut to the chase…unless you’re ready, willing and able to do and have ALL of the following: Locate potential property. Schedule appointment to see property. Know the market trends in the neighborhood Know school district lines Contact “The Right Lender” Can locate parks and recreation, shopping and places of worship Got the inside of […]

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