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 The perennial champ when it comes to giving a return on your investment, an entry door replacement featuring a modestly priced steel door upgrades both energy efficiency and curb appeal. Steel doors come in many colors and can be painted to fit your exterior scheme.National average cost: $1,162ROI: 96.6%  What better way to enjoy outdoor living than on your backyard deck? At a cost...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Most states require home sellers to disclose “material” facts. But the question is, what’s material?In general, says real estate author Dian Hymer, a fact is material when it would affect a buyer’s willingness to buy at the asking price. She says too much information is almost always better than too little. Sellers who are reluctant to be straightforward about their home’s potential problems shoul...
Read Post [Posted on 09/13/2014 By John Askins]
This AC condenser unit is in need of some TLC. Building codes say the unit should sit on a solid, level concrete slab, not a few loose blocks. The top of the slab should be elevated at least 3 inches off the ground. In hurricane-prone areas, local codes may require that the unit be bolted or otherwise firmly attached to the slab. Cleaning up around the unit so that air circulates properly isn’t c...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Home inspections don’t always turn up everything wrong with a home, but unknowing buyers can quickly turn unsatisfied when they move into their new home if they find a bunch of problems. "The purpose of a home inspection is to look for material defects of a property: things that are unsafe, not working, or that create a hazard," Kurt Salomon, president of the American Society of Home Inspecto...
Read Post [Posted on 09/08/2014 By John Askins]
Water damage claims are driving up the costs of home insurance! Be in the know of whats going on in your home's water systems.
Read Post [Posted on 09/05/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
Renting out your house can be a smart financial move, as long as you calculate your costs carefully.There are many ways to do background checks on prospective tenants–credit reports, past evictions, and criminal background checks, to name a few. Image: Alloy Photography/Veer You have a single-family house and you are considering renting out your home. Perhaps you’re temporarily relocatin...
Read Post [Posted on 09/04/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
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]
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