The House Made Of Bricks

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This post was inspired by Karen RittenhouseProtecting Your Property Rights

Karen's post got me to think about all the INTRUSIVE actions that are now taking place.  She makes a point about how the bills 'sound' good but questions, are they?. 

Yesterday I was out showing property and I saw quite a few homes made of brick.  Quite common for the larger parcels being partioned and sold off as separate lots.  It was common back in the day and allowed many buyers to own a small lot, and build on it.  A lot of people opted to build brick houses.  Quite a few of the house made of bricks can still be found in these neighborhoods.

Got me to think how, back in the day, a person who owned their own land could built a brick house.  There are MANY of them still standing.  I'm sure no one gave a shit rat's arse about it.


Times were different then.  A person's land meant just that . . . it was their's.  Now we have every ordinance, zoning, enforcements imaginable.  And more to come.

The latest:  If you own a home and it's 1978 or prior, and if you want to do any sort of remodel, etc. contractors and subs have to have a "special certification."

Read Andi Grant's post, she sums it up nicely:  Wait, Was the Handyman or Painter You Referred or Hired a Certified Renovator After 4-22-10 New Costly EPA Rules Apply

OMIGOSH -- what did SOCIETY do before the CERTIFICATION was mandated?!?  HOW THE HELL DID WE SURVIVE it all?? 

I read on someone's blog that there are 38,000,000 properties that were constructed prior to 1978.  I would imagine that over the years, of those 38,000,000 properties the majority have had remodeling done, repairs, upgrades . . . and ALL WITHOUT THE CERTIFICATE. 

And by the way, were any of these 38,000,000 home owners EVER consulted or asked if they wanted to have this 'Certificate" mandate enacted?  Now they're forced to hire the contractor who has the "special certifcicate."  It's a threatening fine looming over their heads, or their contractors' if they don't, and want to do any type of remodel, etc. to their home.

Hmmm . . . how'd we survive that?  But, now it's ever important for contractors to obtain this certificate.  Otherwise, the big bad wolf will come in and huff and puff . . .

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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Invaluable information here Carla. Jobe well done! Congratulations on the featured post status too!

Apr 25, 2010 10:16 AM #35
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My Dear Carla..... I didn't know you were a General Contractor. That is a very complimentary thing to have with a Real Estate license. That only adds to your credibility......I love this business!

P.S. Don't be too hard on #29.....he was standing in front of a mirror when he said the below words.....IT WAS FOR HIM.....NOT YOU.


"but my observation is that you are not qualified to be making the determination about the validity of any building or construction laws, regulations, zoning requirements, or the like". Unquote....

Apr 25, 2010 01:29 PM #36
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Hi Eric . . . seems they's a reason for this, and you might be right.

Hey Craig -- Thanks, and thanks for Andi Grant for her very well-written post too!! (Which I borrowed)

Hi Richie . . . yes, I have been for a while, although inactive.  It does help when eye-balling a place with my clients.  And that's a funny take on Mr. Matt, he was stating that to himself -- HA HA HA!!

Apr 25, 2010 02:02 PM #37
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

A little less regulation would make things much easier.  I'm sure they're trying to make us safer and all,      but . . .

Apr 25, 2010 02:18 PM #38
Elliott S. Topkins
Topkins & - Boston, MA
Massachusetts Real Estate and Title Atty

Carla--I have to hand it to you. Whatever you wirite, whether I ageee with them or not, you get comments and dialogue. That to me is the  pointof writing on ActiveRain, and you are the quintesential "real estate gadfly" keep buzzing!!!

Apr 25, 2010 02:23 PM #39
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Carla!  You know, rules and regs have completely taken over every aspect of our lives--it's a completely different way of life now as opposed to 'back in the day.'  Very sad that, as you said, unless you have the dough, you aren't going to be baking in the build-on-your-own-land kitchen!

Sad, very sad state of affairs--and it's getting worse.

Apr 25, 2010 06:45 PM #40
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Hi Christine . . . I was talking with clients yesterday, on a home that was purchase 'cheap,' rehabbed, then put back on the market.  It was re-done quite nicely.  The owner/rehabber was there when we toured, and I told him he's lucky to have done this prior to the April 22nd mandate.  He looked at me and said, "Oh . . . don't even get me started on that . . ." 

Hey Elliott -- thanks for your comments.  Now I have to look up 'gadfly' LOL  :-)

Hi Debe . . . it really is something!  I'm going to have to disclose this to all my clients on 1978 and prior properties.  I would say that the general consumer/buying public does NOT even know this.  And if they are thinking of buying an 'older' home, and don't even know about this, and hire a contractor who doesn't know ... oh brother, the ramifications are steep.  It is getting worse.

Apr 26, 2010 04:23 AM #41
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

P.S.  Elliott -- I like Gadfly!  Thanks for that.   "2 : a person who stimulates or annoys especially by persistent criticism"

Apr 26, 2010 04:26 AM #42
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

Carla, I think that the EPA likes fixing things that are not broken....or even bent!

Apr 26, 2010 06:20 AM #43
Matt Edwards


I did not hide my identity.  When I posted my comment, I included my name and my email.  If you did not receive it then you can talk to the administators of the site.

There is nothing libelous about what I have written.  Your blog does show a disdain for the law.  I did not say that you broke the law, but rather, I suggested that one who has such an attitude may be more likely to lead another in the wrong direction, hence the reason that I would not use your services.

You do not need to lecture me on the constitution.  In fact, it is good that it allows for us to speak our minds, thus providing others with some insight into our minds.  In no way have I indicated that I know all about you.

There is no reason for you to get upset, because someone has said that they would prefer not to use your services.  You could ignore it, or you could look at it as an opportunity to improve.

Apr 26, 2010 06:47 AM #44
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

The Georgia legislature recently voted down a bill to allow for backyard gardens regardless of municipal requirements.  Now what?  I am supposed to throw out my tomato plants because they are a detriment to property values.  JEEZ!  Who knew my little tomatoes were the cause of all the problems!

Apr 26, 2010 07:15 AM #45
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Carla - we are in regulation overkill. I lived in Beaverton for over 10 years and am aware of the over regulation there. I believe that Washington County requires a permit to replace a wax gasket. Of course, I have lived in some counties where I wish there were some regulation. But, for all practical purposes, the fewer the regulations that better, in my opinion. Its all about control.

Apr 26, 2010 07:37 AM #46
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Hi Damon -- exactly!

Matt Edwards . . .  If ypu're reading the comments at all, and the message threads, you are obviously speaking about ALL the other agents who have voiced their concerns about this ludicrous event.  Do you possess a real estate license??  If so, you are in violation of the NAR Code of Ethics.  Now, bend over and have someone pull the feather out of your arse.   Having an anonymous nobody even suggest any "improvement" on my services is a totally asinine, non sequtor, and equally libelous.

Hey Jenna -- Obviously, you shouldn't have any clients either, because of your green thumbing your nose at the "laws" LOL  READ the MATT "EDWARDS" comments ... if you've not had the pleasure.

Hi Mike . . . this, however, is a federal mandate, so it is well over the top on 1978 and prior constructed properties.  Amazing how this was okay'd.

Apr 26, 2010 10:28 AM #48
Elliott S. Topkins
Topkins & - Boston, MA
Massachusetts Real Estate and Title Atty

Carla--I am glad you approve. i enjoy reading your posts. keep up the good work.

Apr 26, 2010 10:58 AM #49
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

TO:  Matt Edwards . . . this BLOG'S FOR YOU!!!  I Love the Smell of Libel in the Morning

Apr 26, 2010 11:38 AM #50
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

Carla - LOL, you certainly live up to that mane of red hair.  I sometimes wonder how we ever survived without car seats and seat belts.  My 3 siblings and I would bounce from the front seat to the back seat then to the "way back" of the station wagon while Mom was driving 60 down the highway.

Apr 26, 2010 11:57 AM #51
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hey Carla, I have two sisters with red hair....well gray now :)  I also enjoy reading your posts. I think Matt needs a life!

Apr 26, 2010 12:09 PM #52
Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

Carla .. you know everyone has ideas or better known as "mind over matter"

Apr 26, 2010 12:49 PM #53
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Carla, right on the money with this post, as well as with your responses to Matt. You've handled it, so I won't toss my two-cents into the mix...

Liz Bolton and Philip had me cracking up!

Apr 26, 2010 05:31 PM #54
Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ

It is getting out of control with all of the regulations and we do need some but this new requirment for remodels is overboard.

Apr 27, 2010 01:29 PM #55
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