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Common Problems in Older Florida Homes Buyers Need to Know

In Guides, Home Buying by Nicholas Nolan

Polybutylene Water Pipes ???? Timeframe: 1978 to 1996 PROBLEM Polybutylene is a grey plastic used for water pipes in homes as a cost-saving measure from 1978 to approximately 1996. Pipes made from polybutylene were installed in up to 10 million homes in the United States. https://www.nachi.org/pb.htm Why is polybutylene prone to failure? Manufacturers claim that the majority of leaks occur at joints and unions, which is where a leak would likely appear if a pipe were improperly installed. However, studies have shown certain disinfectants can react with the polybutylene and cause it to flake apart at any location within the …

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How to Get the Most From a Home Warranty

In Home Buying by Nicholas Nolan

Having a home warranty can relieve you of the financial strains involved in out-of-pocket payments for repairs and replacements of home components. Some home warranties come with the purchased home. These are often difficult to use or access. This kind of situation often frustrates many consumers. Despite the difficulties, it is not impossible to get your claim. Here are some strategies for getting the most from your home warranty plan. Perform Your Research Every Florida home warranty plan has its own characteristics. Shopping around for the right company is ideal before you sign up for a home warranty plan. This …

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Home Inspections AFTER PURCHASE are now a thing!

In Home Buying, Home Inspections by Nicholas Nolan

You have bought your dream home, BUT you had to by-pass the home inspection so you could make an offer without conditions just to get it!  Although it is not a good idea, unfortunately in today’s market this is what is happening.  Well good thing for you, it is not too late. You can still get that home inspection after the sale has gone through. No, it won’t change the fact that you are the new owner of the home and any problems are now your responsibility…..it will give you a heads up as to what potential problems you may …

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SCALING DOWN: SMALL SPACES = BIG OPPORTUNITIES

In Guides, Guides, Home Buying, Selling by Nicholas Nolan

Scaling Down Small Spaces Big Opportunities SCALING DOWN: SMALL SPACES = BIG OPPORTUNITIES Bigger doesn’t always mean better. A large home can be a lot of work. If you find one or more rooms in your house collecting dust, you might be ready for a change. You can save time and money by aligning your space with your needs. Cut down on clutter and invite simplicity in. Read on for:1. Why Scale Down?2. Is Scaling Down Right for You? How to Decide. 3. The Big Benefits of Smaller Spaces.4. Pro-Tips for Scaling Down. Why Scale Down? Are savings and simplicity …

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Protect Yourself from Wire Fraud

In Home Buying, Selling, Transaction Tips by Nicholas Nolan

Never trust wiring instructions via email   Criminals/hackers are targeting email accounts of various parties involved in real estate transactions (e.g., lawyers, title agents, mortgage brokers, real estate agents). These emails are convincing and sophisticated. Among other concerns, this has led to fraudulent wiring instructions being used to divert funds to the criminal’s bank account. These emails may look like legitimate emails from the proper party. If you receive an email regarding instructions that contains any suspicious information, do not click on any links that may be in the email and do not reply.  Broker strongly recommends that Buyer, Seller, and their respective attorneys and …