4 Ways to Avoid Foundation Problems

When cracks and leaks show up, you’ve already created or ignored problems that damage foundations, says Stan Gatland, manager of CertainTeed’s building science technology department.

Here are mistakes that can cause foundation woes and, if unresolved, can make matters worse.

  • Grading gaffes
  • Downspout downer
  • Water woes
  • Root riots

To read more in depth about these mistakes click here.



March 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Home Emergency Preparedness Kit

Preparing a home emergency preparedness kit you hope never to use may seem like a waste of time and money. But when disasters happen that are beyond your control, you can take charge of how you respond. “What became clear in Hurricane Katrina is that in big events, the government isn’t going to come to your aid right away. You have to be prepared to take care of yourself,” says Rick Bissell, PhD, a professor of emergency health services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. According to a 2008 FEMA survey, more than half of all U.S. households have some sort of disaster preparation in place. If yours isn’t one of them, here’s what you need to do.

The rest of this article goes into detail about:

Making sure important papers are in order

Tailoring a preparedness kit to your personal needs

What a basic emergency preparedness kit entails


Click here to read in detail about what you need to pack in your emergency preparedness kit. Remember, no one thinks it will ever happen to them. Please protect you family by keeping an emergency kit at your home.


February 21, 2013 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Keller Williams is #1



 News Release


Keller Williams Realty Now #1 Real Estate Company in the United States by Agent Count.

Dallas, Texas (February 17, 2013) — Keller Williams Realty, Inc. announced today that it is the largest real estate franchise company by agent count in the United States, with approximately 80,000 associates. In recent years, Keller Williams Realty has posted record growth numbers, surpassing RE/MAX, Century 21, and now Coldwell Banker to secure the industry’s top position. The news, based on publically available information as of February 6, 2013, was announced in front of more than 10,000 Keller Williams associates during the company’s annual conventions in Dallas, Texas.

During his standing-room only, annual State of the Company address, CEO Mark Willis made the announcement, stating, “Keller Williams associates: We are one family. We have one destiny. We share one thing … We are America’s #1 real estate company by agent count!”

“One of the keys to Keller Williams Realty’s phenomenal success has been our ability to grow organically – from agent to agent, from market center to market center, from country to country – earning our reputation one person at a time,” Heller said.

Willis’ presentation was followed by a 30th anniversary party. The No. 1 announcement and celebration capped a remarkable year for the Austin, TX-based company:

  • J.D. Power and Associates ranked Keller Williams “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” among both home buyers and home sellers.
  • Keller Williams as ranked No. 9 on America’s Top 150 Workplaces – the only national real estate company on the list.
  • Company also announces franchise expansion into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Turkey

February 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Real Estate Booming in Texas

Central Texas home sales closed out the 2012 year at their highest level since 2007, which is the strongest year since the recession.

The median house price in 2012 rose 6%.

The local housing market is being propelled by our area’s job growth, low mortgage interest rates and escalating apartments rents.
Consumers are more confident.

February 19, 2013 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

Building Up vs. Building Out

building up

There are two main ways to add onto a house: horizontally or vertically. This is often dictated by the purpose of the addition — kitchen additions invariably go out, for example — but it’s not always that cut and dry. There’s sometimes more than one way to design a project, so consider the advantages and disadvantages of which direction you build, says Curt Schultz, a Realtor-architect-builder in Pasadena, California.

Click here to learn more in depth about the pros and cons of building up and building out.

February 12, 2013 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Green Up Your Yard!!

lawn paint

With a wave of a garden sprayer filled with lawn paint, you can turn a brown lawn green for instant curb appeal. Lawn paint is made from non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients that cling to grass blades — and anything else you spray it on. Most lawn paint is made from pulverized kaolin, a soft stone; some is made from decayed plants.

Learn more about lawn painting tips, DIY grass paint applications, or professional applications by clicking here.

February 6, 2013 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

Top 10 Worst Home-Showing Offenses

1. Not-so-friendly dog and kitty encounters as a top offense. Even pets left in a crate can pose a distraction since they might make noise the entire time.

2. Home owners still lingering around when agents arrived with clients to preview the home lead to awkward encounters.

3. Bad smells such as, garlic, fried bacon, fish, cigarette smoke, or animal smells.

4.Wild animals and pests roaming around is a surefire way to send buyers running. Agents have seen worms crawling on the floor and bats and raccoons lounging in the attic.

5. Do-it-yourself disasters were also prevalent, like doors opening the wrong way or unprofessional paint jobs.

6. Dirty laundry piles, unflushed toilets, dishes on the counter or in the sink, unmade beds, clothes scattered about, soiled carpets, dirty air conditioner filters, and overflowing trash cans.

7. Sellers should be careful not to leave in plain sight important documents that may pique buyers’ curiosity. Some agents say they’ve seen personal information like blank credit card statements or mortgage payoff notices left on the kitchen counter.

8. Dark or dimly lit houses aren’t showing the home in the best light.

9. Keys missing from lockbox.

10. Distracting photos.

November 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

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