Monthly Archives: November 2010

What Are Lead-Based Paint Hazards – Part 1

Posted by JD Esajian // November 29, 2010

If the home you’re buying was built before 1978, you have certain rights concerning lead-based paint and lead poisoning hazards. For starters, the home seller, or her real estate agent must provide you with the EPA pamphlet entitled “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home,” or other EPA-approved hazard information.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by JD Esajian // November 25, 2010

Warm thoughts and wishes that this Thanksgiving will be especially bountiful Enjoy the holiday!

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Using Mulch

Posted by JD Esajian // November 22, 2010

Mulching can make the difference between a healthy, easy-care garden and a scraggly, high-maintenance one. Mulch can be permanent or organic. Permanent mulches include landscape fabric, gravel and stones. These are suitable only around permanent plantings such as shrubs and trees.

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Double Open House this Sunday: Check out our latest projects to hit the market!

Posted by JD Esajian // November 19, 2010

We have TWO awesome projects that just hit the market! These properties were recently finished and a joint-venture that we’ve done with some of our advanced students and are a showcase of the power of systems & education! Check out the pics on these spectacular properties: 3409 Helix St, Spring Valley, CA 91977 3 bedrooms […]

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Home Warranty’s True Value

Posted by JD Esajian // November 17, 2010

Don’t let yourself be terribly impressed or comforted by the fact that a seller is offering a fully paid warranty on the home and its appliances. Certainly, having the warranty beats not having it, but don’t let a $400 warranty sway your decision. A seller-paid warranty promises repair or replacement of covered systems during your first year in the home.

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Organic Gardening

Posted by JD Esajian // November 15, 2010

The definition of “organic gardening” is unclear. For example, some organic gardeners use liquid copper sulfate labeled in greenhouse displays as harmful to people and to fish. However, copper sulfate can be harmful to people and to fish. Here are some basic tenets or organic gardening that most people can agree on.

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Today’s food for thought: What can You let go of this Week?

Posted by JD Esajian // November 10, 2010

This is a post by one of our Team members (and JD’s wife), Debora Esajian… Enjoy! “Every breath is an opportunity to receive and let go. I receive love and I let go of pain.” ~ Brenda MacIntyre . The act of letting go has been on my mind lately… this seems to be a […]

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Can an Appraisal Affect Your Ability to Obtain a Mortgage?

Posted by JD Esajian // November 8, 2010

For a lender to loan money on a property, that property must be appraised at a value that falls between a certain percentage of the sales price. The reasoning is fairly simple: a bank won’t lend $150,000 on a home that’s only worth $120,000 because the odds that will recoup its total investment should you allow the property to be be foreclosed would be slim.

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What is a Home Appraisal?

Posted by JD Esajian // November 4, 2010

A residential property appraisal helps establish a home’s market value, or the likely sales price that the property would fetch if offered in a competitive real estate market. Whenever someone uses a home or other type of real estate as security for a loan, the lender will order an appraisal to be conducted by a licensed appraisal professional.

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