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I heard an interesting story yesterday from a home inspector that works in the Washtenaw County area. It was about one of those enlightening moments in his career and it happened ten or twelve years ago. He was at an inspection and he was talking to the home buyer about radon and how it was a sus...
04/14/2009
One of the business consultants I get news from has shared this with me. I find it interesting and inspirational. So, I'm going to share it with you! Here is a link to a Today Show video about this unusual entrepreneur. I hope you enjoy it and share it:   TODAY SHOW VIDEO ON AUGIE'S STORY   We se...
04/04/2009
The national association most of the top buyer agents belong to (naeba.org) just posted this press release:   AVONDALE, Ariz., March 31, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- As fewer transactions are split up between a relatively fixed number of real estate agents, those agents are using wh...
03/31/2009
We sometimes talk about homes that have suffered from abuse from their owners.A friend of mine ran across this example in a home he bought recently.The furnace had been run for years without a filter.Here is what he saw when he opened it up and looked at the air conditioning coils:   Homes that h...
03/30/2009
In the business of helping home buyers I am often working on Sunday afternoon. When I don't have appointments though, I like to take a Sunday afternoon nap in front of the woodburning fireplace.Yesterday my life took me in a different direction. You see we live in a ~40 year old home that has a d...
03/30/2009
  I was visiting a friends home this weekend and he showed me what the dish service people did for his mounting. He lives in a area where roof mounting isn't practical, and wall mounting won't work because of the type of construction of his home. So the alternative was a ground mount. The dish co...
03/16/2009
I drove by a branch of our bank today and saw this:     Well, I'm not a furnace expert, but, I am a home buying expert and I see a problem with that. Do you?   As it turns out the original installer got his/her air input and air exhaust lines switched. Which pushes warm moist combustion air right...
01/31/2009
A popular subject in our office this week and one of our family members got locked into a bathroom when the door locking mechanism broke and jammed. A few years ago one of our other agents got locked into a bathroom when the single woman buyer was with him in the house. The bathroom didn't have a...
01/09/2009
One of the reasons I wanted to study and receive my "Green" certification this last year was to help protect home buyers from "The Green Con". That is items marketed to consumers that are suposed to be "green" and yet don't alway make sense from the scientific and/or financial perspective. Anothe...
12/21/2008
Another gripe session from your favorite Buyer Agent. I get so tired of seeing homes that have "steam heat" listed as "hot water heat", and both steam and hot water listed as "gas forced air". Just now a new listing came up for an eighty year old luxury home. The pictures show steam radiators. Th...
12/10/2008
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Ann Arbor Real Estate Buyers Agent
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