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How do home inspectors test for Chinese drywall? - 11/24/09 01:41 PM
How do home inspectors test for Chinese drywall? This question was posed to me yesterday and I did not have a good answer. This drywall has not been an issue around here, yet. I did see something on TV where inspectors in Florida cut out a section of drywall and looked at the label on the backside. This seems awfully invasive and requires a repair. I'm sure that there is a better test, but I don't know what it is. Can anyone tell me how to test for this drywall? Thanks. Wayne B. Pruner is a Realtor® at Oregon First, who (8 comments)
The Active Rain "Big Dogs" are Wrong! - 11/18/09 02:54 PM
The Active Rain "Big Dogs" are Wrong Submitting only one offer in a short sale can get you in trouble. (The small fish in the big pond speaks up). This runs contrary to the advice given by almost all the short sale experts on Active Rain. A couple days ago I overheard an agent tells their client that they only had to submit one offer to their lender in a short sale situation. Whoa! I have learned, the hard way, that when that little voice in my head says "Now wait a minute!" I better pay attention. So when I have (9 comments)
Now You Have Thousands of Reasons to Buy a House - 11/18/09 12:26 AM
Now You Have Thousands of Reasons to Buy a House The Federal Housing Tax Credit has been extended and expanded. I'll explain it here. If you have further questions, give me a call. $8000.00 first-time home buyer tax credit •· First-time home buyers qualify for $8000.00 if they have not owned a principle residence during the 3 years prior to the purchase. •· The tax credit does not have to be repaid if you live in the house for 3 years. •· The tax credit equals 10% of the home purchase up to $8000.00. •· The purchase price of the home (1 comments)
Your Phone System Can Cost Your Company Money - 11/08/09 11:53 AM
Your Phone System Can Cost Your Company Money I've had it. My auto insurance company, MetLife, has the phone system from hell. It's one of those voice prompt systems where they ask you questions, supposedly "to serve you better", and you respond with spoken words. There are several prompts, some redundant, and the process takes about three minutes to get to a real person. We have five family vehicles that we insure them for about the last five years and I have always tolerated this system. But no more, I'm done with them. My son bought a Jeep and I was (9 comments)
Fixing the Gates of Hell - 11/05/09 10:02 PM
Fixing the Gates of Hell I have many gates in my life. Since I own rental property and my children are boys, I have to do many gate repairs. I have learned over the years how to make a gate as sturdy as possible. One problem that stumped me for awhile was the lack of a sturdy gate latch. Almost all the ones being sold were of the same design; flimsy metal and short screws. The screws that attach the metal piece to the gate work loose over time and strip out the holes and never stay tight. My solution to that (5 comments)
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