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Different Types Of Flooring Part #2 - 01/05/07 06:38 PM
LAMINATE FLOORING Available in Europe for decades, laminate flooring didn't arrive on our continent until 1996 when it became a huge hit. The best-known brand is Pergo, which in our country is now synonymous with this type of flooring (much to the annoyance of numerous other manufacturers). A laminate floor consists of three layers. The top layer is a sheet of photographic paper with an image of wood, which is coated with a material called melamine. The core is a highdensity fiberboard, which is made of a combination of materials. The backing can be made of plastic (higher quality) or paper (lower (1 comments)
Different Types Of Flooring Part #1 - 01/05/07 06:31 PM
If you've been considering a hardwood floor for your home, you may have discovered that there are far more choices available than you have imagined. And it can get confusing. What's the difference between solid wood, engineered wood and laminate? And what's this Pergo® thing? How come all these different types of flooring are called different names, cost differently, yet look almost the same? To help you make sense of it all, here are a few pointers. HARDWOOD FLOORING If you want real hardwood floor, two types of construction are available - solid and engineered. With solid hardwood floors, each plank is (1 comments)
The sticker won't let go... To remove a stubborn sticker from a wall, window or piece of furniture, heat it up with a hairdryer, then scrape it off with a credit card. Another option (if the sticker is on glass, plastic or metal) is to saturate it with vegetable oil, then rub it off. The drawer knob won't stay put... Apply a small amount of clear fingernail polish to the screw end of the knob, then screw it into place. Once the nail polish dries, the knob will stay in place. The picture hangs crooked... Remove the picture from the wall. Using a glue gun, place (0 comments)
Four Reasons Why That House Might Not Have Sold - 01/05/07 02:01 PM
1.) Price There are so many reasons why setting the listing price too high is a bad idea among them are many realtors might not show it and buyers who can afford it will be looking for bigger and better homes and buyers that might want it can not afford it. Over priced homes tend to sit on the market longer (causing the seller to lose money) and end up on what I like to call the discount rack, thus being reduced selling for less than market value. Today's buyers are more informed about the market conditions than before. 2.) Its Location Now there is nothing that can (5 comments)
Benefits of Using a Lockbox - 01/01/07 01:41 PM
A lockbox makes a home easier to sell. Why? Because it makes it convenient and simple for agents to show the home to their clients. It's no wonder that this small device is used so frequently in the real estate industry. A lockbox is a metal box which contains the key to the house. Mechanical lockboxes require a combination to open, whereas electronic lockboxes are opened with an electronic key. In either case, only licensed real estate agents can obtain the combination or the electronic key to open the lockbox, and they have to schedule a showing with the listing agent's (0 comments)
How to Prevent Identity Theft (something I can across and wanted to share) - 01/01/07 01:15 PM
With the rise of Identity theft I came across this and wanted to share it. (I do have permission to reprint) According to a recent study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, there are nearly 10 million instances of some form of identity theft each year. This has quickly become one of the fastest-growing crimes, and the number of people falling prey to identity thieves is expected to rise. But things are not hopeless. By closing the most likely avenues of attack and following a few simple guidelines you can significantly reduce the chance of becoming one of the victims. There are (3 comments)
Why is it that some realtors know how to correctly price homes until it is their own home that is being sold? - 01/01/07 12:26 PM
I recently had the task of listing a realtor's home, so I thought ok this will be simple enough, I went in and did my listing presentation and he loved it, I thought cool, so now he wants to go and see some of the other listings in the subdivision that were comps to his I have to admit that they were horrible for the price they were asking. His house was the best in the subdivision and showed very well and had a ton of upgrades So now he wants to set his listing price mind you I have done the cma (0 comments)
Pricing Properties Properly - 01/01/07 11:34 AM
"How much can I get for it?" This is usually one of the first questions I am asked when meeting with prospective sellers for the first time. When I give them my answer, some sellers smile and some grumble. And they want to know how I came up with my estimate. Since agents (unfortunately) don't have a sixth sense that tells them how much a particular house is worth, they are forced to spend some quality time in front of a computer and create what's called a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). This report will use cold, hard market data to pinpoint the (3 comments)
“Where Did the Chandelier Go?” - 01/01/07 11:16 AM
The buyer thought that it was included. The seller thought it was clear that it wasn't. But where the beautiful crystal chandelier once was, now there are just a couple of small crooked wires. The closing being just hours away, this is now an unpleasant situation for everyone involved. It could have been avoided. The real estate law recognizes two types of property: real and personal. Simply put, real property is the land and everything permanently attached to it. This would include the house, trees, fence, etc. Personal property is anything not permanently attached. This would include the furniture, houseplants, personal (4 comments)
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