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

Written by: - June 6, 2018

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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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Appraisers Must Be Local or Disclose According to USPAP

Written by: - July 17, 2009

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Appraisers Must Be Local or Disclose According to USPAP

After writing an article about the HVCC program and how it is affecting the home buying process I received an e-mail from an appraiser from California. She asked me to get the word out about the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). There are certain guidelines an appraiser must follow while completing an appraisal […]

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Are you a Short Sale or Foreclosure Buyer?

Written by: - May 5, 2009

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Are you a Short Sale or Foreclosure Buyer?

Many people out there want to take advantage of this buyer’s market and scoop up an excellent deal. Many are very successful at this, actually buying real estate for pennies on the dollar. Others, have no idea or clue what to do. The first thing one needs to ascertain is? “Am I a short sale […]

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The Home Energy Audit – Part 2 of Our Going Green Series

Written by: - April 23, 2009

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The Home Energy Audit – Part 2 of Our Going Green Series

The next question to answer is ?how in the world do I figure out where to start?? There is quite a bit of green washing out there. It seems that every magazine I read or junk mail flyer I get has something ?green? to say. In one respect I think that having the green movement become more mainstream is a benefit. The more people see it and hear about it, the more likely they will be to ask for it.

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Eight Things For Buyers To Watch Out For

Written by: - January 10, 2009

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Eight Things For Buyers To Watch Out For

When out with buyers for the first time, I explain that there is much more to a home or condo than meets the eye. Here’s a list of items I suggest you look at. I simply look for whatever may look like a potential problem that will cost money. I’m not an inspection or construction […]

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