Q: Do I Have to Be Concerned with Building Codes and Permits

A:  Depending on how your contract is written with the home improvement professional, either you or the contractor will be responsible for securing government approval to perform most remodeling jobs.  Building codes set minimum public-safety standards for such things as building design and construction.  Codes vary from one state, county, city, and town to the next, but specialized codes generally exist for plumbing, electricity, and fire.  Each usually involves separate inspections and inspectors.  In addition, permits are generally required when any structural work is planned or the basic living space of a home is altered.  They generally cover new construction, repairs, alterations, demolition, and additions to a structure.  Some jurisdictions require permits to be posted in a visible spot on the premises while the work is being done.  Besides structural changes, permits also may be needed to cover the installation of foundations for tanks and equipment, as well as the construction or demolition of ducts, sprinkler systems, or standpipe systems. 

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How to Hire a Mover

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

How to Hire a Mover

Moving from one home to another is an arduous task; hiring a mover for the job may be even more challenging. But before you decide to forgo the services of a professional, consider the following:

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House Hunting? Pay Attention to Outdated Wiring

By John Voket

I want to gently remind you that while "curb appeal" may attract you, it's the "guts" that should play a key role in determining whether or not a home is a good buy.

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Green Homes, Going Strong

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

New Study Suggests Strong Outlook for Green Homes

During the prolonged housing downturn, green homes provided support to the ailing residential market and now promise to be an important element of the recovering market as well, according to a new study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and with the support of Ply Gem Industries, a leading manufacturer of exterior building products in North America.

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August 2015 Newsletter

Thursday, August 6th, 2015


Consider a Professional Stager

“You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”

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July 2015 Newsletter

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Stay connected with market conditions, buyer's and seller's advise and real estate news from your local market expert.

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Your New Homebuying Timeline

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make; it's not the time for snap decisions. When the "Know Before You Owe" mortgage rule goes into effect -- also called TRID or TILA-RESPA Integration Disclosures -- you will have more time to understand and approve all aspects of a loan before signing on the dotted line.

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The real estate industry has changed dramatically over the years, and continues to evolve even today. For baby boomers who may not have bought or sold a home recently, entering the market can be especially overwhelming. Whether you’re planning on upsizing or downsizing, here are three things you should know about the industry.

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The client-real estate agent relationship will go a long way in determining how satisfied a customer is going to be with the entire home buying or selling process. First-time buyers need agents to reassure them and keep them informed to offer a seamless process, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study.

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Should you lock in the mortgage rate?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Q: Is it smart to lock in the mortgage rate?

A: The interest rate market is constantly fluctuating and often experiences quick, unexpected movements. Locking in a mortgage rate with a lender can offer protection from the time your lock is confirmed to the day it expires.

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