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Texas is one of about 30 states that have disclosure laws that require sellers to tell prospective buyers about any problems, but some sellers aren’t as forthcoming as they should be.Here’s a short list of white lies and misrepresentations that real estate practitioners and regulators say are common and that buyers should be wary of as they shop for a new home: This room and this lot are really...
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By John Askins]
Basics of Home Repair Requests for Home Buyers   A home inspection report will highlight a list of home repair issues needing attention before you complete the purchase transaction. Regardless of whether the house you want to buy is a new construction or decades old, you will always need to make a request for repairs. Repairs can run the gamut from major plumbing or ele...
Read Post [Posted on 08/18/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
I remember the first home inspection report I ever read. It was for a property I was buying. My first reaction was unbridled panic. Not being savvy in the area of home repairs, I thought the worst. After it was explained to me by the inspector and a contractor, I was put at ease realizing only a few items needed to be addressed.  I learned three things back then, as a client, that I apply to ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/13/2014 By Holly Smith]
1. Switch the plates. Upgrade your drab, plastic switch plates with snazzy covers that match or accent your décor. Even the most expensive brass switch plates cost less than $20 each.Or, spend a buck for a plastic plate and decorate it yourself. Use craft paint, or cover the plate with decorative paper.You also can switch outlet covers, but don’t get too fancy. Outlet covers should blend...
Read Post [Posted on 08/06/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
After buyers move in to their new home, they should be prepared for some home fixes to present themselves each season, says Rich Escallier, a handyman in Chicago. "If you can go six months without finding something that raises your blood pressure, you're lucky,” Escallier says.  CBS MoneyWatch recently released a checklist of routine maintenance and small home repairs that home buyers should...
Read Post [Posted on 07/21/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 07/15/2014 By Susan Greer]
www.HAREI.COMOur organization is a free referral service for Greater Houston's home buying public and real estate professionals. Please browse the site to locate the appropriate service professional or to find answers to questions related to your real estate purchase. ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/08/2014 By Anuradha Prasad]
Attic pests are a home owner’s nightmare. But you can’t let mice, rats, and bats — oh my! — set up house in your attic. Here’s how to remove the freeloaders.Attic pest removal can seem like Groundhog Day — the movie, not the holiday. No sooner do you shoo away pests that make your attic their home sweet home, than the little buggers sneak back inside.But attic pest removal doesn’t have to be a rev...
Read Post [Posted on 07/01/2014 By Carlos Andrade]
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Read Post [Posted on 06/25/2014 By Peter Johnson]
Are you aware of the difference between your homeowner’s insurance coverage and a home warranty policy, also known as residential service contract? All homeowners need an insurance policy to cover any loss to the home and to the contents, such as furniture, electronics and your personal belongings, due to vandalism, fire, hurricane, or hail. A homeowner’s policy does not cover any mechanical fai...
Read Post [Posted on 05/28/2014 By Marta Guerrero]
Spring also means allergy season and anyone living in Houston knows how bad it can get. However, there are things you can do in your home to protect your family from allergens. Spring is a great time to allergy-proof your house; I found these tips helpful and a great addition to my spring cleaning routine. CynthiaAttic Cleaning: What You Can't See, Can Hurt YouBy Lisa Kaplan Gordon, article origin...
Read Post [Posted on 05/13/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Reasons to do regular rental property inspections   Whether you are managing your own rental income property or hiring a property m...
Read Post [Posted on 05/12/2014 By Stephen Kendrick]
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Read Post [Posted on 04/16/2014 By Susan Greer]
Here are some of our favorite tips that REALTORS® can provide their clients for a successful and smooth home inspection. You’ll be happy to know that these can be done at little to no cost! 1. Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof. 2. Trim trees, roots and bushes back from foundation, roof, siding and chimney. 3. Seal asphalt driveways, if cracking. 4. Clean or replace ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/16/2014 By Tonya Haugen]
Here’s an easy, doable preventative maintenance plan to keep your HVAC in top shape. It’s a good idea to hire a HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system every fall and spring. They’ll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average homeowner.  But you can prolong the life and increase the ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/15/2014 By Carlos Andrade]
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