The Purpose of a Home Inspection

Why Do I Need a Home Inspection? When Should it Take Place? How Much Will it Cost? How Do I Choose the Right Inspector? Preparing for the Home Inspection Why take that chance? Neglecting to have your property inspected, could be the most costly mistake of your life!  Why Do I Need An Inspection? Very simply, a house is the single largest investment most individuals will ever make. More and more purchasers are coming to understand the wisdom of a thorough home inspection pri...
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My New Home

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We are in the process of building a new home. This article will document the process from raw land through to the final inspection including problems that we encounter along the way. I hope that it helps those who are considering building a new home...An exciting and challenging adventure. Defining the living space and purpose of the home. Selecting a site. Developing the plans. Choosing an architect and engineer. Dealing with the local authorities. Ob...
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CONDOMINIUM or CONDOMANIAC?

A form of real estate ownership of a multifamily residential dwelling. Each occupant has 100% ownership of his own apartment and partial ownership of common elements such as hallways, elevators, plumbing, etc.  Also see cooperative. This article refers to a form of housing. For information on the international law describing a territory in which two sovereign powers have equal rights, please see condominium (international law). A condominium, or condo for short, is a form of housing tenure. ...
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FENG SHUI – Truth or Myth?

Feng shui is a discipline with guidelines that are compatible with many techniques of agricultural planning as well as internal furniture arrangements. Space, weather, astronomy, and geomagnetism are basic components of feng shui. Proponents claim that feng shui has an effect on health, wealth, and personal relationships………. "The qi that rides the wind stops at the boundary of water."  In ancient times as well as today, Feng Shui, pronounced in English as ("fung shway"), was known as "Kan-Yu"...
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The Purpose Driven House

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Perhaps at no time in recent history has it been more appropriate to examine the purpose of a home or building. The most obvious purpose of a home or building is to provide shelter for the occupants. Of course, what the occupants do inside the structure defines it’s purpose. Is this a home for one or for a family of six?   What is the age mix of people that will be occupying the house? How much time will I be spending in the house each day? Other purposes of a home or building could be ...
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Apartments

On the surface, it sounds like an easy get-rich-quick plan: Buy a multi-unit building, sweat equity into it, rent out the units, then sit back and reap the profits. While many people have created a large nest egg with a great cash flow, purchasing such a building is not as easy as it seems. And there are pitfalls to being a landlord. In fact, most real estate experts say that buying and managing a multi-family unit building is akin to running a small business. That's why there are a number of th...
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Should I Buy an Apartment?

On the surface, it sounds like an easy get-rich-quick plan: Buy a multi-unit building, sweat equity into it, rent out the units, then sit back and reap the profits. While many people have created a large nest egg with a great cash flow, purchasing such a building is not as easy as it seems. And there are pitfalls to being a landlord. In fact, most real estate experts say that buying and managing a multi-family unit building is akin to running a small business. That's why there are a number of th...
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