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  • Texas soil conducive to foundation repair- Realtor

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in 76052, Home Buying in 76052, In My Neighborhood in 76052  |  January 30, 2013 1:03 PM  |  347 views  |  No comments

    Texas heat increases foundation repair inquiries 75 percent

    BBB offers tips to help keep your home stable in the Texas heat
     The extreme heat in Texas contributes to take its toll on local homes. Better Business Bureau has received more than 2,700 inquiries on foundation repair contractors since June, a 75 percent increase from this time last year.

    “The most common cause of foundation shifting here in Texas is the expansive soil prevalent in our area,” said Brady Barnett, owner of Superior Foundation. “Expansive soil absorbs water and can expand multiple times its normal size in wet conditions. Therefore, when it dries, it shrinks to normal size and leaves cracks in the soil.”

    Barnett said the most commons signs of foundation issues are cracks in walls or bricks, doors and windows that don't close properly, visible cracks in the foundation or floor and displaced or cracked moldings.

    If the foundation appears fine, help prevent future issues by keeping the soil around the house moist and keeping any landscaping alive. Plants with deep roots are part of the support system for the foundation and rotting roots can create voids in the soil underneath a home.

    BBB recommends the following tips for consumers in need of foundation repair:

    · Check with your insurance. Some homeowner’s policies will cover foundation repair, so check with your insurance prior to signing a contract.

    · Do your homework. Check with BBB before choosing a contractor. Get referrals, compare several price quotes, which can be done using BBB’s Request a Quote and always confirm the contact information of the contractor you choose.

    · Request an on-site inspection. So that you can be given an accurate estimate, have the company come to your house to inspect the damage.

    · Beware of red flags. High pressure sales tactics, full upfront payment or low estimates that may potentially balloon over time or foreshadow shoddy work to come are all red flags to look out for.

    · Ask about warranties. Warranties and workmanship are only as good as the company that stands behind them. Trustworthy businesses will offer information about how they plan to handle any repairs covered under warranty, particularly if they are coming in from another area.

    · Review your contract. Be sure to read, understand, and agree with everything listed in your contract. Do not sign a contract that has blanks or if you don’t agree with something.

    To check the reliability of a company and find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org.

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
     (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com
    Facebook: 
    https://www.facebook.com/NorthFORTworthRealtor
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

    http://www.puniwai.fathomdallas.com/agents/6440-Lucy-Puniwai
                
    In God We Trust
  • Texas soil conducive to foundation repair- Realtor

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Alliance, Home Buying in Alliance, In My Neighborhood in Alliance  |  January 30, 2013 1:02 PM  |  198 views  |  No comments

    Texas heat increases foundation repair inquiries 75 percent

    BBB offers tips to help keep your home stable in the Texas heat
     The extreme heat in Texas contributes to take its toll on local homes. Better Business Bureau has received more than 2,700 inquiries on foundation repair contractors since June, a 75 percent increase from this time last year.

    “The most common cause of foundation shifting here in Texas is the expansive soil prevalent in our area,” said Brady Barnett, owner of Superior Foundation. “Expansive soil absorbs water and can expand multiple times its normal size in wet conditions. Therefore, when it dries, it shrinks to normal size and leaves cracks in the soil.”

    Barnett said the most commons signs of foundation issues are cracks in walls or bricks, doors and windows that don't close properly, visible cracks in the foundation or floor and displaced or cracked moldings.

    If the foundation appears fine, help prevent future issues by keeping the soil around the house moist and keeping any landscaping alive. Plants with deep roots are part of the support system for the foundation and rotting roots can create voids in the soil underneath a home.

    BBB recommends the following tips for consumers in need of foundation repair:

    · Check with your insurance. Some homeowner’s policies will cover foundation repair, so check with your insurance prior to signing a contract.

    · Do your homework. Check with BBB before choosing a contractor. Get referrals, compare several price quotes, which can be done using BBB’s Request a Quote and always confirm the contact information of the contractor you choose.

    · Request an on-site inspection. So that you can be given an accurate estimate, have the company come to your house to inspect the damage.

    · Beware of red flags. High pressure sales tactics, full upfront payment or low estimates that may potentially balloon over time or foreshadow shoddy work to come are all red flags to look out for.

    · Ask about warranties. Warranties and workmanship are only as good as the company that stands behind them. Trustworthy businesses will offer information about how they plan to handle any repairs covered under warranty, particularly if they are coming in from another area.

    · Review your contract. Be sure to read, understand, and agree with everything listed in your contract. Do not sign a contract that has blanks or if you don’t agree with something.

    To check the reliability of a company and find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org.

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
     (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com
    Facebook: 
    https://www.facebook.com/NorthFORTworthRealtor
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

    http://www.puniwai.fathomdallas.com/agents/6440-Lucy-Puniwai
                
    In God We Trust
  • Texas soil conducive to foundation repair- Realtor

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in 76177, Home Buying in 76177, In My Neighborhood in 76177  |  January 30, 2013 12:48 PM  |  299 views  |  No comments

    Texas heat increases foundation repair inquiries 75 percent

    BBB offers tips to help keep your home stable in the Texas heat
     The extreme heat in Texas contributes to take its toll on local homes. Better Business Bureau has received more than 2,700 inquiries on foundation repair contractors since June, a 75 percent increase from this time last year.

    “The most common cause of foundation shifting here in Texas is the expansive soil prevalent in our area,” said Brady Barnett, owner of Superior Foundation. “Expansive soil absorbs water and can expand multiple times its normal size in wet conditions. Therefore, when it dries, it shrinks to normal size and leaves cracks in the soil.”

    Barnett said the most commons signs of foundation issues are cracks in walls or bricks, doors and windows that don't close properly, visible cracks in the foundation or floor and displaced or cracked moldings.

    If the foundation appears fine, help prevent future issues by keeping the soil around the house moist and keeping any landscaping alive. Plants with deep roots are part of the support system for the foundation and rotting roots can create voids in the soil underneath a home.

    BBB recommends the following tips for consumers in need of foundation repair:

    · Check with your insurance. Some homeowner’s policies will cover foundation repair, so check with your insurance prior to signing a contract.

    · Do your homework. Check with BBB before choosing a contractor. Get referrals, compare several price quotes, which can be done using BBB’s Request a Quote and always confirm the contact information of the contractor you choose.

    · Request an on-site inspection. So that you can be given an accurate estimate, have the company come to your house to inspect the damage.

    · Beware of red flags. High pressure sales tactics, full upfront payment or low estimates that may potentially balloon over time or foreshadow shoddy work to come are all red flags to look out for.

    · Ask about warranties. Warranties and workmanship are only as good as the company that stands behind them. Trustworthy businesses will offer information about how they plan to handle any repairs covered under warranty, particularly if they are coming in from another area.

    · Review your contract. Be sure to read, understand, and agree with everything listed in your contract. Do not sign a contract that has blanks or if you don’t agree with something.

    To check the reliability of a company and find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org.

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
    (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/NorthFORTworthRealtor
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

    http://www.puniwai.fathomdallas.com/agents/6440-Lucy-Puniwai
               
    In God We Trust

  • Hillwood developing luxury apartments for Alliance-Alliance,TX Realtor

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in 76052, In My Neighborhood in 76052, Investment Properties in 76052  |  January 24, 2013 7:43 PM  |  194 views  |  No comments

    Robert Francis
    Editor


    Hillwood Multifamily, a subsidiary of Hillwood Properties, announced Jan. 23 it will develop a luxury apartment community on 13 acres of land in the 900-acre Alliance Town Center master planned development.

    SageStone Village will be a 306-unit Class A luxury apartment property.

    “We are very excited about our newest multifamily offering,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties. “SageStone is truly a one-of-a-kind, high-quality multifamily residential option at Alliance Town Center.”

    SageStone Village will feature luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom, three-story apartment homes with attached garages and floor plans that average 940 square feet. Each residence will offer custom finish-out features that include granite counter tops, wood cabinetry, track and pendant lighting, gourmet island kitchens, and solid surface flooring. The apartments will include recreational amenities such as   fitness facility, resort-style pool and pavilion, and outdoor social spaces.

    Together with Monterra Village, Hillwood’s 550-unit townhome and traditional style apartment community, completion of SageStone Village will bring Hillwood's total multifamily investment at Alliance Town Center to 856 units. Delivery of the initial SageStone units will be during the 4th quarter of 2013, with project completion slated for 2014.

    Alliance Commercial and Residential Specialist

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
     (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com
    Facebook: 
    https://www.facebook.com/NorthFORTworthRealtor
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

    http://www.puniwai.fathomdallas.com/agents/6440-Lucy-Puniwai
                
    In God We Trust
  • Hillwood Property in Alliance,Texas - Alliance,Texas Realtor

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Haslet, In My Neighborhood in Haslet, Investment Properties in Haslet  |  January 24, 2013 7:42 PM  |  239 views  |  No comments

    Robert Francis
    Editor


    Hillwood Multifamily, a subsidiary of Hillwood Properties, announced Jan. 23 it will develop a luxury apartment community on 13 acres of land in the 900-acre Alliance Town Center master planned development.

    SageStone Village will be a 306-unit Class A luxury apartment property.

    “We are very excited about our newest multifamily offering,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties. “SageStone is truly a one-of-a-kind, high-quality multifamily residential option at Alliance Town Center.”

    SageStone Village will feature luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom, three-story apartment homes with attached garages and floor plans that average 940 square feet. Each residence will offer custom finish-out features that include granite counter tops, wood cabinetry, track and pendant lighting, gourmet island kitchens, and solid surface flooring. The apartments will include recreational amenities such as   fitness facility, resort-style pool and pavilion, and outdoor social spaces.

    Together with Monterra Village, Hillwood’s 550-unit townhome and traditional style apartment community, completion of SageStone Village will bring Hillwood's total multifamily investment at Alliance Town Center to 856 units. Delivery of the initial SageStone units will be during the 4th quarter of 2013, with project completion slated for 2014.

    Alliance Commercial and Residential Specialist

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
     (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com
    Facebook: 
    https://www.facebook.com/NorthFORTworthRealtor
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

    http://www.puniwai.fathomdallas.com/agents/6440-Lucy-Puniwai
                
    In God We Trust
  • Hillwood developing luxury apartments for Alliance-Alliance,TX Realtor

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in 76177, In My Neighborhood in 76177, Investment Properties in 76177  |  January 24, 2013 7:42 PM  |  210 views  |  No comments

    Robert Francis
    Editor


    Hillwood Multifamily, a subsidiary of Hillwood Properties, announced Jan. 23 it will develop a luxury apartment community on 13 acres of land in the 900-acre Alliance Town Center master planned development.

    SageStone Village will be a 306-unit Class A luxury apartment property.

    “We are very excited about our newest multifamily offering,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties. “SageStone is truly a one-of-a-kind, high-quality multifamily residential option at Alliance Town Center.”

    SageStone Village will feature luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom, three-story apartment homes with attached garages and floor plans that average 940 square feet. Each residence will offer custom finish-out features that include granite counter tops, wood cabinetry, track and pendant lighting, gourmet island kitchens, and solid surface flooring. The apartments will include recreational amenities such as   fitness facility, resort-style pool and pavilion, and outdoor social spaces.

    Together with Monterra Village, Hillwood’s 550-unit townhome and traditional style apartment community, completion of SageStone Village will bring Hillwood's total multifamily investment at Alliance Town Center to 856 units. Delivery of the initial SageStone units will be during the 4th quarter of 2013, with project completion slated for 2014.

    Alliance Commercial and Residential Specialist

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
     (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com
    Facebook: 
    https://www.facebook.com/NorthFORTworthRealtor
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

    http://www.puniwai.fathomdallas.com/agents/6440-Lucy-Puniwai
                
    In God We Trust
  • Hillwood developing luxury apartments for Alliance-Alliance,TX Realtor

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Alliance, In My Neighborhood in Alliance, Investment Properties in Alliance  |  January 24, 2013 7:35 PM  |  216 views  |  No comments

    Robert Francis
    Editor


    Hillwood Multifamily, a subsidiary of Hillwood Properties, announced Jan. 23 it will develop a luxury apartment community on 13 acres of land in the 900-acre Alliance Town Center master planned development.

    SageStone Village will be a 306-unit Class A luxury apartment property.

    “We are very excited about our newest multifamily offering,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties. “SageStone is truly a one-of-a-kind, high-quality multifamily residential option at Alliance Town Center.”

    SageStone Village will feature luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom, three-story apartment homes with attached garages and floor plans that average 940 square feet. Each residence will offer custom finish-out features that include granite counter tops, wood cabinetry, track and pendant lighting, gourmet island kitchens, and solid surface flooring. The apartments will include recreational amenities such as   fitness facility, resort-style pool and pavilion, and outdoor social spaces.

    Together with Monterra Village, Hillwood’s 550-unit townhome and traditional style apartment community, completion of SageStone Village will bring Hillwood's total multifamily investment at Alliance Town Center to 856 units. Delivery of the initial SageStone units will be during the 4th quarter of 2013, with project completion slated for 2014.

    Alliance Commercial and Residential Specialist

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
    (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/NorthFORTworthRealtor
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

    http://www.puniwai.fathomdallas.com/agents/6440-Lucy-Puniwai
               
    In God We Trust

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