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A Chicago Building Block: Split Face Block ? What You Need To Know

Written by: - March 19, 2009

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A Chicago Building Block: Split Face Block ? What You Need To Know

Split face blocks are manufactured by combining two or more blocks together as one larger unit. After a curing period, the units are put through a machine that cuts the stone in half to expose it’s interior aggregates. The amount of  aggregate varies from block to block. There are many different sizes and colors available. Advantages of Split Faced [...]

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Does Homeowners’ Insurance Cover Flooding?

Written by: - February 23, 2009

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Does Homeowners’ Insurance Cover Flooding?

A week of record high temperatures in early spring cause rapidly melting snow to overflow a stream located in the backyard of a home in Chicago. The exterior drain of the home backs up and allows water to enter the finished basement, resulting in flood damage. The water causes a crack in the foundation and [...]

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New Appraisal Rules Will Have An Impact

Written by: - January 10, 2009

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New Appraisal Rules Will Have An Impact

How does the new Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) recently adopted by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae affect the appraiser and the consumer? Just as there are many layers to an onion, there are many ways to look at the financial mess this country is in. Some blame the banks, some blame the mortgage [...]

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