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Wed Mar 15, 2017
Vickie " Vick" Carver answered:
I would say to contact your city ordinances regarding this, as all cities are differnt about certain issues as this.
I have always heard that the area that is within 3-6 feet from the curb (Called the devilstrip in my hometown) is the cities property,not any given home owners,although the home owner takes care of that property as their own. That may be why the home owners are telling you that, and feel it is their property,when in fact the city owns it for issues such as public utilities go,and depending on where the property is located, even sewer and other public utility access areas go. So,your best bet is to call the city and ask them for sure!

Good luck and please let us know what you find out. Being a pet owner myself, I am very curious as to their answer. :-)
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Wed Sep 30, 2009
Martha Matthews Vasquez answered:
They are 2 different areas with different attributes. Island Estates is located between downtown Clearwater & Clearwater Beach while Tierra Verde is closer to St Pete, between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Both have easy access to the Gulf. Each has their own ambiance. Tierra Verde has more townhomes and condos while Island Estates has a mix of single famiy, townhomes and condos. The only way to choose your favorite is to see the areas and view some homes.

You must pay to access Tierra Verde via the Pinellas Bayway while Island Estates is off the Clearwater Causeway (Rt 60).

Let me know if you would like more informaiton. Both areas have good buys.

Realty Resources
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Tue Dec 1, 2009
Chipnsalsa29 answered:
I would personally recommend English Gardens in West Bloomfield.
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Mon Oct 19, 2009
Bill Eckler answered:
This varies depending on the time of the year. Since the grass tends to grow more slowly during the November through April months people can get away with mowing every 10-14 days while during the summer more rainy months mowing is a weekly affair, ... more
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Thu Jan 28, 2010
Bill Eckler answered:
Hi Joyce,

This depends largely on the time of year. The winter season when our lawns are more dormant and don require as frequent mowings(every other week works) This can run from November to May. During the balance of the year lawns need to be mowed weekly. ... more
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Thu Jul 16, 2009
Natasa Glamoclija answered:
If the tree is not blocking the view of the front of the house or if it is not too close to the house to make a damage in the foundation, then it is always nice to have a huge tree.
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Thu Jul 9, 2009
Emmanuel Scanlan answered:
The worst possible scenario can be summed up as "Way to much!!".

That is a very large home and there are many things that can potentially be wrong with it!! At this point if you are seriously interested in the home I would highly advise that you retain a licensed Structural Engineer to perform an in depth inspection of the foundation and superstructure of the home. The Engineer can start with just a basic visual inspection and perform elevation measurements to see how much out of plane the home is from an expected level home. If it is warranted then you can move onto geological testing (soil sampling, etc.) to determine the potential for future movements. Geo testing can be quite expensive itself.

You need to take into consideration the other potential damages that could be there or could occur and all be hidden. For example damaged plumbing under a foundation can go a long time without being noticed. Depending on the degree of foundation movement you could also have damages to framing and other structural components.

Once the Engineer is done he can also create a remediation plan which you can now take to a foundation repair contractor for a proper estimate.

Good luck!

Emmanuel J. Scanlan
PS Inspection & Property Services LLC
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Sat Jul 4, 2009
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Thu Jul 2, 2009
Jeffrey Schnabel answered:

It depends on what the green space is zoned for. If designated green space (owned by the HOA, or other entity that will hold it as green space in perpetuity, then yes, it adds value. Then it depends on what type of space it is. If it’s a relatively solid forest with some depth to it, or is a large field with trees that limit visibility beyond the green space, it’s valuable. If it’s more of just “space”, but you can see beyond it, it depends on what you “see” beyond it.

But more typically, the green space in outlying areas is just undeveloped land, then it depends on what it’s currently being used for, and what the likely potential future uses are. I have a brokerage client (I am also an appraiser) that bought in Liberty Hill in the Cierra Springs neighborhood. They have an Eastern rear exposure (highly desirable) and back up to a longhorn ranch. They are on a 1-acre tract and highly value the ranch land behind them, but know that it could someday be sold for other similar SFR homes. The value to them was on the order of $20K.


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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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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Michael Barron answered:
Hi there Cloverton, I would contact the City to get an approved vendor/painter that coud do this for you

Kind Regards
Michael Barron
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Thu May 21, 2009
Christopher Pagli answered:
Hi, I have a great article on paint color choices and how they can affect a sale. I will see if I have an online copy to email you if you want otherwise I can give you the hard copy. I am a lifelong Rye brook resident so if you want I could stop by (no strings attached) and walk the property with you through the eyes of a buyer. I have worked with a ton of buyers and pay close attention to what they like, don't like, etc. I also stay on top of the trends. We can do this for the interior as well and I'll point out little things that can make a huge difference.


Christopher Pagli
Associate Broker
Legends Realty Group
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Thu May 21, 2009
Bill Eckler answered:
Is there a question associated with this or are people supposed to flock to see your Midwick home?
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Fri Nov 9, 2012
Rick Lemmons Coldwell Banker answered:
Of course there is a market for good homes priced right. They will sell in less than 30 days. An overpriced listing will sit on the market and lose value each day. The market has three types of buyers, serious,investor and players The Serious Buyers are looking for a good value. Investors are looking for a great deal. Players want to lowball every offer regardless of the value. Hope this helps. ... more
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Thu Sep 24, 2009
Chris Mabry SRS,e-PRO answered:
By rock on the front of the house I'm going to assume that you mead some type of rock facing, like stacked stone for instance. This feature will definitely give the home more curb appeal and therefor make it more attractive and eye catching. Adding value depends on the rest of the neighborhood. There is such a thing as over improvement. Be careful of this. Driving through your area, do you see a lot of rock work? If you are thinking of a rock facing project to make your home more enjoyable for you to live in, then go for it. If you want to add resale value then be cautious. If the rest of the homes for sale in your price range, your competition, have nice exterior touches, then this project may be a good idea just for competition sake. You don't want your home to appear drab if the buyers in that price range are seeing lots of "bling." One rule with this type of project, good worksmanship is worth the money. Many do-it-yourself rock projects can end up looking like exactly that. It doesn't take a trained eye to pick out a poor job. I hope this helps. Best of luck. ... more
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Thu Feb 4, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Depends on who has jurisdiction on the particular street, is it a county or state road, etc.
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Mon Apr 27, 2009
Ryan L Hinricher answered:

My neighbor owns a lawn care company. He did curb appeal enhancement on my Mud Island home and 10 days later, I ended up with Yard of the Month!

He does a great job:

Here's his contact info:

Jim Windisch
JW Lawn Service
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Sat Nov 15, 2014
Debbie Saunders answered:
As a former resident of the area I say yes it is. Lake Clarke Shores is a quiet and scenic bedoom community. I still have relatives living there and I still enjoy visiting the area. Good luck. ... more
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Mon Apr 20, 2009
Scott Summers answered:
Hi. I'm not sure about the numbers, but I'll give you the benefit of my own mistake. Try to find a landscaper that is referred to you by someone you trust, at least then, the landscaper will think twice before trying to take advantage of you. I hired a guy off the street. He barely spoke English and I ended up paying too much for the quality of work they did. Never again. ... more
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Mon Apr 20, 2015
Larry Riggs answered:
It really depends on what neighboring homes have. My first impression would be to take it down. If it's rusted getting it cleaned up to accept paint would be a major undertaking. Having your property look as appealing as possible will give you the best results. ... more
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