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About 95% of all real estate transactions reach a successful close. The NAR's Realtors Confidence Index Survey data varies from month to month but, generally speaking... 75% of total contracts sail through without delays 20% of total contracts have delay hiccups 5% of total contracts fall by the wayside Why Do Real Estate Transactions Fall by the Wayside? This is where the data g...

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition – William Arthur Ward. But what happens when your windows are cloudy? You might think your cloudy window is just a cosmetic issue. Unfortunately, cloudy windows are not just cosmetic issues – cloudy windows are defective windows. Clouds are just symptoms of an underlying defect, the result of which is that the window no longer provides its...

Should you have a new home inspected just before closing? No – You should have a new home inspected at least four times. Here are the milestones: Foundation – Inspect after forms have been removed and prior to back-filling soil against the foundation walls. Minimizes potential long-term problems that otherwise may occur if not identified early and corrected by the builder. Pre-Dr...

Yes! Dirty and clogged air filters waste money on energy costs and cause damage to your HVAC system. #1 reason for HVAC system failure? Dirty air filters. #1 reason for dirty air filters? YOU! Despite our best intentions, calendar reminders, or strings we tie to our finger, we generally forget to change the filters. What's the Big Deal with a Dirty Air Filter? A dirty filter r...

Many homeowners have homes with asphalt shingle roof coverings with streaks- i.e., lighter here, darker there. Take a peek at the photo and guess which areas are stained - lighter or darker? We hope it's obvious but if it's not, the darker areas are actually stained brown or black from algae. Don't worry if you got the wrong answer, lighter areas often are misdiagnosed as stains when, in...

Summer energy bills skyrocket just like fireworks when it’s steaming hot outside. Here’s a list of five cost-saving methods to help you declare independence from high energy costs. +1F:-3% It's a simple ratio. For each 1F increment above 72F, you save about 3% on your cooling expenses. Now, we’re not math geniuses, but if your monthly energy bill is $250 and you increase your thermostat fr...

Never fear, June is here- and it’s National Safety Month. Think you’ve heard it all before? Think again. It’s always good learning or refreshing how home safety can help prevent you and your family from getting hurt. One Size Does Not Fit All Home Safety. What comes to mind when you hear those two words together? Keeping your toddler or infant safe? Keeping your kids or teenagers safe? Keeping y...

The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain. A classic lyric from a classic musical. But unfortunately, it's just not true. Gravity applies everywhere, including Spain. Unless you live on the moon, gravity always forces water to seek the lowest possible point, which is your home's foundation, basement, or crawl space. Rain, Rain, Go Away! Did you know that when 1" of rain falls on a 2,0...

Whether we have a fancy for an evening of five-card stud or visits to the casino, gambling with the safety of our deck is akin to playing the odds – the house always wins. Chances are that your deck is safe, but we’ve all witnessed news reports of critical injuries, which occur every summer after a deck collapses without warning. You’re certainly welcome to search “deck collapse” or “deck accid...

Pools are like relationships: complicated! But a pool also is just like any other property investment: Maintain = Enjoy vs. Neglect = Regret. Why It Matters: How Many Pools? Pools are a big market all over the nation- and world! According to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), there are over 9 million pools, with 350,000 coming on line every year. California, Florida, Texas ...