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What is That White Powdery Stuff on My Brick Wall?

We know that efflorescence is a fine, white, powdery deposit (see photo at right) of water-soluble salts left on the surface of masonry as the water evaporates. These efflorescent salt deposits tend to appear at the worst times, usually about a month after the building is constructed, and sometimes as long as a year after […]

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Life’s Soup Bowl All Boils Down to Trust

In early November-2013, in Las Vegas, NV, there’s a student competition underway. The ad goes something like this: ABC’s Construction Management Competition (CMC) is a hallmark competition that promotes careers in construction management.  In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the competition fosters an environment that will bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among […]

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Proposed Rule Will Eliminate the FHA Inspector Roster

Streamlining Inspection and Warranty Requirements for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Single-Family Mortgage Insurance: Removal of the FHA Inspector Roster and of the Ten-Year Protection Plan Requirements for High Loan-to-Value Ratio Mortgages In February of this year HUD proposed this rule change: If passed, HUD proposes to eliminate its national Inspector Roster (Roster). The Roster is a list […]

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Appraisal Institute Releases Helpful Addendum, Green Home Clarification

A few weeks ago I shared that “Greening the MLS” can help disclose the addition of energy efficient elements in residential construction and how that might affect the liabilities of the MLS system. Last week the Appraisal Institute introduced the Residential Green & Energy Efficiency Addendum, Version 2.0. Laura Stukel, an efficiency “insider,” is developing the Real Estate Transaction […]

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Recirculating Range Hoods — As Effective As Recirculating Toilets

Go to your kitchen, look above your stove or cooktop and open the cabinet door. If you don’t see a round pipe installed inside the cabinet, you most likely have a recirculating vent hood. They’re cheap, easy to install and you may as well be sitting at a smokey camp fire waiting for the wind […]

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