Getting to Green. By making older homes and buildings more energy efficient, you make a smart investment. Buildings that save energy sell faster and for more money. They cost less to run--cutting your utility bills. They are healthier and more comfortable to live in--with less mold and fewer allergens...preventing drafts and hot and cold rooms.
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We have all seen the cheap, white coatings that are sprayed on old tile. Before long, the "coating" seems to peel off. Does anyone know of a system that looks good and lasts? Calling all decorators out there! Is the best way to deal with those dated colors like baby blue and carnation pink just t...
It comes up in so many home inspections--even when there is a "complete" renovation. The downstairs outlets are grounded but for some reason the upstairs outlets never seem to be. What should the buyers' realtor do? The sellers won't rip out the upstairs drywall (or plaster!) and redo the wiring....
After 16 years as a realtor, I finally got to go to Mediation last month. The dispute was over the $5000 first deposit in a deal that fell through. The pig-headed listing agent refused to give it back to my buyer. Six months had passed.**We were sent a list of 40 names and asked if we had any obj...
**I hate quizzing buyers about their finances. If they tell me they are pre-approved, I believe them. If they want to see houses that are above their price range, I show them. I consider it part of my job. **A few months ago, a very experienced listing agent that I know asked me what my buyer's c...
I just showed my buyer a beautifully kept house that was renovated for wheelchair access. You drive in the garage and a door leads to the lower level. It has a wheelchair lift to the main level. Open floor plan. Modified bathroom. Wheelchair access through the sliding doors to the pool. The listi...
Yikes. It is two weeks before settlement...I just had a mortgage broker ask me for a signed smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector form--signed by the buyers. This document has always been signed at settlement. At the final walk through, we look to see if they are installed. Is this the kind...
Flipping has become a disease. I don't know if it is all those TV shows or predatory wholesalers. The market is definitely flooded. Investors are buying cheap houses--sight unseen. Ten, 20, 30 a month. They don't care about the buyers or the neighbors or the integrity of their rehabs.This means B...
Settlement is supposed to be a week from today. As a result of the building inspection, my buyers got a $500 credit toward their closing costs. I put that in an addendum. Last week seller's agent was out of town on vacation. I just got the signed addendum agreeing to the $500 credit back yesterd...
http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/open-plan-kitchens-are-bad/?cid=syn_outbrain_0814_rss_advise-05 In this realtor.com article, author Audrey Brashich writes that she has always disliked Open Plan kitchens--preferring a separate space where she can hide her mess. As Audrey sees it--fr...
My buyer has had a terrible time trying to get copies of her last two tax returns that she filed on Turbo Tax. Anyone have any suggestions???