Monthly Archives: May 2012

“Going green” in real estate – More Government control?

10-7-2014: I heard that California is considering prohibiting plastic grocery bags at grocery stores…and forcing restaurant to recycle at least 1% of their food by providing it to homeless shelters, compost, or other uses instead of simply throwing in the … Continue reading

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Condo sales – Will they slow down or speed up?

Update 11-24-2013: According to this article, FHA approval for condominiums fell to 10% even after a light relaxation of FHA condo approval terms and condition (i.e, to get an FHA loan). The FHA was planning to relax some of the … Continue reading

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Home Builders – What they need to do to build a home?

In all fairness to builders, they have “alot” of time and energy to perform the process of building & selling a home and they don’t get paid until they’ve finished…. Average Time to Build a House: 6 Months per Wall … Continue reading

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Questions to ask your home inspector

Home inspections performed on homes should reveal some possible functional problems, but inspectors don’t probe inside walls, under floor coverings, pipes underground, and behind finished walls. Yes, some problems that aren’t readily visible won’t be revealed, but a home inspection … Continue reading

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Electronics Recycling and Shoe Collection

Electronics Recycling and Shoe Collection Saturday, May 19, 2012 9 AM to 1 PM Sprayberry High School 2525 Sandy Plains Road Marietta, GA 30060 or Jim R. Miller Park 2245 Callaway Road Marietta, GA 30008 ELECTRONICS ACCEPTED AT NO CHARGE … Continue reading

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Flood Insurance – Take it or leave it?

Check out FEMA’s flood insurance rates here – Official site of the National Flood Insurance Program. 10-6-2017: Real Estate: The Federal Flood Insurance program revisited. Two nuclear options to fix the Billions of Dollars we are short on to fund … Continue reading

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FHA Penalizes Over 1,000 Lenders for Violating Regulatory Standards

Federal Housing Administration’s Mortgagee Review Board (MRB) took action against the 1,000 lenders believed to perform fraudulent or predatory lending practices. Note:  The article also mentioned the MRB suspended 905 other companies for one year for failing to comply with … Continue reading

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Title Insurance News: Do I need owner’s title insurance?

Please skip down the page past these latest news updates to reach my basic blog post.  I plan to continue to update this post when I read of interesting stories about title Insurance. 10-18-2017: Getting a mortgage? Don’t get tricked … Continue reading

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Home Energy Audits by Home Energy Raters (HERS)

It’s a good idea to understand the monthly/annual cost of utilities for a home you plan to purchase. The very rough rule of thumb here in Atlanta is average home owner pays about $250/month for utilities (gas, electric, and water) … Continue reading

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Buyer and Seller Disclosures – Are they legally required in Georgia?

I’m not an attorney, and no I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn this week, but here’s my take on disclosures. Although this article & resource reference states there’s a legal requirement for Seller Disclosure (I believe only when the … Continue reading

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