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Tue Apr 29, 2014
Paula Raymond answered:
Its not a bad idea in any case - but if it's a VA loan - it will be required. Its always good to order it during the option period along with the other inspection. Just be careful about time - they are only good for 30 days. ... more
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Mon Apr 28, 2014
Tristam Bielecki answered:
If you don't have irrigation set up for the parkway, then Decomposed Granite or pebble rock can look really good with some succulent plants for accent.
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Wed Mar 19, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
There's a $175,000 SFH with over $986,000 dollars in fines for junk in the yard.
THAT is the outcome if you choose the adversarial route.

Behave like adults. If this is a problem for you and your neighbors, fix it yourself.
Then, as a community, reward good behavior.

If you march in with an HOA board mentality, you WILL make the problem WORSE.

Be a good neighbor, even if your neighbor is not. Isn't that what we teach our kids?
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Sun Mar 9, 2014
Janet Thompson answered:
The trees are probably turning brown through lack of water. I had this on good authority from a landscape gardener friend. Trees need to be watered in the water when the sprinkler/drip system is turned off

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Wed Mar 5, 2014
Kacey Wells answered:

Did this ever get addressed for you? If not let me know and I'll help you out.

Kacey Wells
G.J. Gardner Homes
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Fri Feb 7, 2014
The April Neuhaus Team answered:
The arbor-ist for Berthoud recommended Lindens and Bradford Pears for nicely shaped and sized trees for this climate. He also said a shade master locust is high on his list. Any tree you plant will need extra water to be established the first couple years - but these three will thrive after getting that care and attention. ... more
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Thu Jan 16, 2014
Sally Griffiths answered:
Hi -

I am a listing agent for relocation inventory properties, and often have to get three quotes to submit to my company before having any major work done. Since the properties can be all over the county, I have found I can easily do this by going online to I will get responses from local vendors, and will get more than one quote. It gives me an opportunity to see who responds quickly - I once had a tree removed from a property by one companies before another company even got back to me, and I was very happy with their service.

Good luck!

Sally Griffiths, GRI
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Weichert, Realtors
Rye, NY

914-419-2655 (cell)
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Sun Jan 12, 2014
carol combs answered:
Hi Jeff, I also work with many Builders across the Oklahoma City Area. I also have a Builder in Mustang that builds a high quality home. The builders I work with are builders that take a personal interest in each client. They are there for you each step of the way in the building process. I work with MANY that are in the Parade Of Homes each year, and one that has been Featured in Architectural Digest Magazine.All I need to know is what area you would like to build in, Price range, and Style. If I can help you in any way, even if only to answer any questions you may have, just give me a call.

Thank You for the opportunity to help.
Carol Combs
CELL 405- 651-0378
OFFICE 405-691-2556
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Wed Oct 30, 2013
Judi Monday, CRS answered:
You only get one chance to make a great first impression and that begins from the moment a potential buyer pull up to your house. Great curb appeal can make the different between a buyer calling to see the house or not. ... more
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Wed Oct 30, 2013
Marcia Kelly answered:
I just wrote a blog article on this. Check it out:

Consider 6 counter-top materials popular on the West Coast.

Recycled Glass.

Colorful, recycled glass mixed with cement. Contractors can color or stain them for more variation. Recycled glass along with cement mixed with fly ash from coal-burning stoves saves these products from the landfills. This option makes your home attractive & cutting edge.

End-Grain Bamboo Kitchen Counters

Bamboo is an Eco friendly substitute for wood--it's fast growth makes it more renewable. (I know this for a fact, as I was forever cutting down the ever-growing bamboo branches at my home in California.)

Recycled Paper Kitchen Counters

Recycled paper in a resin base. Comes in thickness from .25 to 2 inches. Not only can it be integrally created in many hues, but it's a lot more stain resistant than marble or laminates.


Comes from coconut palms, & it's stronger than oak. Don't worry about destroying palm trees. This one comes from old, non-fruiting palms.


Created from recycled fly ash, stone & shells. It beats granite for durability.


Popular on the West Coast, this countertop displays a stupendous patina. it's created from reclaimed wood from wineries, such as oak wine vats.

Marcia Kelly, CRS
Keller Williams, Topeka, KS
(785) 249-3989
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Mon Oct 7, 2013
Aaron and Cheree Tiry answered:
I just had a friend start this type of business here in Wisconsin. It's been very successful for him. He spent a lot of money getting the right equipment and programs to do it. If the quality is there for a reasonable price, word of mouth will get out and make your business grow. You could also offer it to businesses for their websites. ... more
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Mon Sep 30, 2013
Amy Gutschow answered:
Most Counties have a website that if you put in your tax number it should show you. Or you can always go to your city hall and ask in person.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013
Brandon French answered:
The property may still be for sale. We as agents are selling homes so fast in this market that some agents (not myself) are not even putting signs up before the home sells. If you have a property in mind you can call an agent with the address and he or she can let you know if it is for sale or not. Feel free to contact me for any question you may have.
Good luck!
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Tue Sep 24, 2013
Laurel Jonas answered:
That answer truly varies on how much water you use and what city you are in. For example, there are 4 in our house hold with large yards and live in Mesa. Our average water bill is around $130 a month. What city are you located in? ... more
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Fri Aug 9, 2013
Vincent Meichtry answered:
I am a design remodel contractor with 30 years experience and a real estate broker. This is a very cost effective way to add square footage to a home. I would build it so it could easily be removed when you sell. Take pictures off how it is build so potential buyers can see how to remove the wall if desired. For this reason I would leave the garage door in place rather than do siding. Spend some money on an insulated garage door with windows for natural light and a upgraded design that fits your home to add extra curb appeal. I built a great man cave hangout with a TV and sports hang out for a client and it was great to be able to open the door and have friends and neighbors come over and hang out, BBQ and enjoy the weekend.
Vince Meichtry new dwelling real estate + Living Green Remodeling
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Thu Jul 25, 2013
Chuck Campbell answered:
These are all great answers but the best advice is that if it is not something that you will be using in the next 6 months pack it away so that the home does not look cluttered.
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Sun Jul 21, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
Well; has the Slate lasted FIVE YEARS?
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Wed Jul 3, 2013
Deluxe Realty answered:
Great question.

This publication answers your questions thoroughly.

20 commonly asked questions and answers direct from the city of Las Vegas, Building and Safety Department:

If you have an HOA, check with them, too.



Mark Fleysher, MBA, Broker
Sellstate Deluxe Realty
C. 702-291-8186, F. 702-946-0843
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Sun Jun 30, 2013
A Jerry Fisher answered:
This is a waterfront subdivision that was stopped when the economy went down in 2008. It is now in motion to begin again with new ideas. Please call me at 925-281-4656 my name is Jerry Fisher and I am the broker for Realty World Delta Island here in Bethel Island. ... more
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