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Pecan trees provide shade and clues

The shade of a big pecan tree in the yard can be a wonderful attraction when you're looking for a home. But it might also provide you with some troubling clues about the property's past...and future.

Pecan trees love water and often grow in or near flood prone areas. Ask the seller whether the property has ever flooded or if it is located in a flood hazard zone.

One of the surveyor's jobs is to determine if the property is located in the 100-year Special Flood Hazard zone as designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Emergency Management Agency. But don't rely on the survey alone. It is not all that uncommon for some areas to flood even though they are not officially designated as being in the 100-year Special Flood Hazard Zone.

Ask folks in the area whether their houses have ever flooded. Doing some investigating can tell you whether the property has "lots of wonderful shade" or if it's just plain shady.CONTACT TIFFANY SHARKEY AND TONYA PEEK FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE RELATED QUESTIONS 972-977-2254.

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