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Remodel & Renovate in Harris County : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Nov 7, 2013
Margie Johnson answered:
Sat Jun 9, 2012
Michael Roddy answered:
Hi Ron,

Most of the homes, the older homes included, in your area have garages. My personal opinion is, if you are looking at a new driveway, a garage will add value to your property and is certainly a plus if you put the property on the market as most buyers prefer a garage. It sounds like this will be a detached garage at the rear of the property. You can go with a minimal garage, meaning slab, structure and roof, however, it does not need to be finished out on the inside (meaning you can see the support studs - no sheetrock and paint). In my limited experience with the cost of adding a garage, I understand a ballpark figure should be between $15,000 to $28,000 for a basic two car garage. It will benefit you to contact several contractors and get quotes so you can make an informed choice on price, the basics of a simple two car garage (permits, set-backs from property lines, height of door for today's SUV's etc). And, you can get some idea of who you may like to have do the work after interviewing several contractors. It is always a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau to investigate if there are any complaints against any company you decide to use prior to signing any agreement with them. You should check as well to make sure the company is insured and uses their own employees so you have some protection should an accident occur.

Please remember, this is my personal opinion and you are sure to get several different opinions in this forum.
Hopefully this information helps you to get started in the process and if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

Michael Roddy, REALTOR
832-204-1377 direct to desk
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Sat Mar 10, 2012
Alan Harper answered:
If you would have asked your REALTOR® before hand, he/she would have been able to find out for you. If not, then it is not the REALTOR'S® responsibility to disclose how many water meters are on the property.The seller should have disclosed this in the seller's disclosure notice. ... more
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Fri Dec 2, 2011
Antonio Padua answered:
Contact Frost Bank, they are one of the few lenders around still offering home improvement or home equity loans. Not sure if they offer 100% LTV, but it is worth a shot.
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Mon Mar 28, 2011
Christopher Lefebvre answered:
Doug, I would recommend contacting the contractor to find out what is going on and if you don't have a desirable result consult with an attorney. This is very unfortunate. I hope it works out okay for you. ... more
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Sun Jul 18, 2010
Quest Inspection Services answered:
The toilet sits in the middle of a 30 inches wide space and there should be 18 inches in front by most codes.
The Houston code could be more restrictive, but, I don't know why. You can cal them and ask without telling them what you are doing. If they ask; just tell then you are helping a friend do some planning and you don't know anything else about it. ... more
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Thu Aug 30, 2012
Heart Realty answered:
Your best bet is to team up with a broker that handles a lot of foreclosures. Tracy Nicola is a big office, that would be a good place to start.
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Sun Feb 5, 2012
Amber Carrillo answered:
Hi Wingfooted,
Have you thought about selling for lot value? With that size of a lot, it may be beneficial to try and sell to a builder, etc. for lot value. Does anyone currently occupy the main home? This is such a hard question to answer due to not seeing the property firsthand. Do you have any photos of the main living area?

Amber Carrillo, Broker/Owner
It Homes
832*643*5632
ambersells@sbcglobal.net
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Mon Jun 29, 2009
T.E. & Naima Sumner answered:
You can make a flyer and provide a list of references and drop the flyers at real estate offices around.

You can do an online version and purchase a mailing list of the real estate agents in the area you want to service and send an email out.

References have to be very current, pictures help too.

Good luck,

Naima
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Mon May 11, 2009
Dominick Dina answered:
Cj,

Check you Bylaws and Covenants. You were provided a copy at closing. If you cannot locate them, contact your Property Management company and get a copy.

The Bylaws and Covenants are what you agreed to follow when you purchased your home in Hearthstone. They are binding. Failure to abide usually carries a penalty.

Good luck.

Dominick Dina, Broker/Owner
Christian Realty San Antonio
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Tue Oct 9, 2007
Ute Ferdig answered:
Hi Sharon. I am assuming you are talking about cultured marble. I think it's mainly a difference of taste. There might be a slight difference in durability. I personally prefer a cast-iron tub as it's the most durable, but also very heavy and more expensive. ... more
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