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STAY POSITIVE

Feed your mind with a consistently positive diet…buy uplifting, motivational and educational CDs for your drive time…create a University on Wheels. Download free podcasts of favorite leaders and speakers.  Also, go on a TV News diet…consume less news on a daily basis.  Most of it is negative, sensational, and meant to prey off your fears. Stay positive.

STAY POSITIVE

STAY POSITIVE

Feed your mind with a consistently positive diet…buy uplifting, motivational and educational CDs for your drive time…create a University on Wheels. Download free podcasts of favorite leaders and speakers.  Also, go on a TV News diet…consume less news on a daily basis.  Most of it is negative, sensational, and meant to prey off your fears. Stay positive.

Electrical Issues

January 8, 2014 by  
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circuit-distributionGround Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) are circuit breakers installed at the panel to provide ground faulty protection for the whole circuit. Circuits with GFCI’s need to have fuses or breakers to shut off the electricity in the case of an overload. GFCI’s receptacles are currently required in the United States for bathrooms and washrooms, outdoors, in garages, above counters for a kitchen sink or wet bar, and in unfinished basements and crawlspaces. They are typically installed to protect against electrocution in areas where a person is susceptible to grounding hazards, such as wet locations and when using equipment outside.

There are three types of GFCI’S that can be used in residential properties:

1. The receptacle type is used in place of the standard duplex receptacles found throughout the house. Some GFCI’S may protect other outlets down line in the same circuit. Sometimes the protected outlets will be in different rooms. For example, if an outlet in a patio does not work you should check other locations such as baths or the garage for a tripped GFCI which protects the entire circuit.
2. The circuit breaker type is installed in the electric panel and protects seledted circuits. Although there are limits to the number of outlets protected sometimes a single wire will run from the breaker, through the house, to bathrooms, kitchens and ouside locations protecting each of these.
3. The portable plug in type may be used in area where permanent protection is not available such as with extension cords for power tools operated outside from an unprotected circuit.

Real Estate’s 6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations# 1

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Happy Woman With A NotebookEntering foreclosed or vacant homes

 

If you work in real estate, you undoubtedly do the following tasks all of the time, but did you know that you could be putting yourself in danger? Here’s how you can stay on guard and protect yourself.
SEPTEMBER 2010 | BY MELISSA DITTMANN TRACEY
The Risk:Foreclosures may attract unexpected house guests — such as squatters — or former home owners refusing to leave. The homes also may be damaged and poorly lit or attract wildlife since it’s abandoned, leading to more potential safety hazards.
Safety Tips:
  • Inspect the exterior. Walk around the perimeter before you enter the house and make sure the door hasn’t been kicked in and no windows are shattered, suggests Tracey Hawkins, owner ofSafety and Security Source in Kansas City, Mo. Call police if you suspect someone is in the property. (Read: Be on the Lookout for Clues)
  • Don’t confront a squatter. If a squatter is in the home, leave immediately, Siciliano says. Call law enforcement once you’ve left and allow police to deal with any trespassers.
  • Use the buddy system. Ask a coworker, spouse, friend, or family member to come with you when you show the home.
  • Let others know where you are. Before you leave, tell your coworkers, family, or friends where you are, whom you are with, and when you expect to return.
  • Visit during the day. Visiting homes at night makes it more dangerous, Siciliano says. Try to make appointments during daylight hours only.

Please comment on this post. Providing feedback and sharing of personal experiences on this very important topic is important and may help save someones life. 

Real Estate’s 6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations# 2

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Shutterstock - BusinessMeeting with a new client for the first time

 

If you work in real estate, you undoubtedly do the following tasks all of the time, but did you know that you could be putting yourself in danger? Here’s how you can stay on guard and protect yourself.
SEPTEMBER 2010 | BY MELISSA DITTMANN TRACEY
The Risk:Meeting with people you don’t know can put your safety at risk. You don’t know whether this person could potentially be a criminal, stalker, thief, or worse.

Safety Tips:

  • Meet at the office first. Get them on your territory before you visit any property with them so you can learn more about them and collect personal information about them for your files.
  • Ask for identification. The public is used to having their identification checked, so don’t be reluctant to ask because you’re scared you’ll offend someone, Siciliano says. Tell clients it’s company policy that all clients’ driver’s licenses are photocopied. “This will significantly reduce your risk because the bad guys don’t want to give you their I.D. or get their picture taken,” Siciliano says.
  • Have all clients fill out a customer identification form. You can find an example of this atREALTOR.org. Click on “Prospect Identification Form” under the Office Safety Forms heading. The form asks for car make and license number, contact information, and employer information, and also requests a photocopy of the driver’s license.
  • Introduce them to a coworker. When you meet them at the office, introduce them to at least one other person in your office. Criminals won’t like that others have seen them for identification purposes, according to tip sheets provided by the Washington Real Estate Safety Council.

Please comment on this post. Providing feedback and sharing of personal experiences on this very important topic is important and may help save someones life.

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October 19, 2013 by  
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10 Ways Sellers Can Get A Cleaner Inspection Report

November 7, 2012 by  
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1. Confirm gas, water and electricity are turned on and gas pilot lights are burning.Ensure pets won’t hinder inspection.

2. Tell Realtor about cats or other animals to be kept inside.

NOTE: Kenneling or taking the pets to the spa for the day is recommended.

3. Replace any burned out light bulbs.

4. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if needed.

5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC Air Filters. Verify filters fit and are properly secured.

6. Move wood, stored items, high soil lines or debris away from foundations perimeter walls.

7. Unlock or remove locks from any items the inspectors must access:

  • Gates on fences
  • Attic Access Hatches or Doors
  • Electric Service Panels
  • Special Closets
  • Crawl Space Hatches, for pier-and-beam construction

8. Confirm areas and components are accessible by removing items blocking access to:

  • Electric Service panels
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Equipment
  • Water Heaters
  • Ground-fault Circuit-interrupters (GFCI) receptacles or devices
  • Attic or Crawl Space Hatches, NOTE: remove items that might restrict movement in attic or crawl space.

 

9. Trim tree limbs away from the roof covering and trim shrubs away from the exterior walls to allow access.

10. Repair or Replace broken, damaged or missing items:

  • Door knobs, locks & latches
  • Window glass, locks, screens
  • Smoke or carbon monoxide alarms
  • Light fixtures and bulbs
  • Anti-siphon devices on exterior faucets
  • Rain gutters & downspouts
  • Chimney flue caps

Take these simple actions and your home inspection will go much faster and will result in a “cleaner” better looking inspection report. Good news for Seller, Buyer and Realtor alike!

Real Estate Agent Information

November 6, 2012 by  
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Safety Hazards with Furnace Uncovered During Inspection

November 6, 2012 by  
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During the course of a Professional home inspection, all gas fired appliances should be thoroughly inspected to ensure correct installation. I recently inspected a 2 year old home and discovered that the Furnace flue piping had never been connected. “Yikes!” Watch the video below to learn more.

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Colony of Bats Discovered in the Attic During Routine Home Inspection

November 6, 2012 by  
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One of my recent Mississippi home inspections uncovered a Colony of Bats living in the Attic… Yikes! Watch the video below:

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