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Challenge for Overseas Buyers: Apartment Registration

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My relatives recently sold their apartment, and the contract signing was delayed by over a month because their identification numbers on the apartment registration were from expired passports, which had since been replaced by new passports with new passport numbers.

Soon after this incident, I was talking with attorney...

Three Tips to Protect Your Home This Winter

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(BPT) Cold temperatures, snow, sleet and ice can all wreak havoc on your home’s gutters, windows and gardens, but it can have even more harmful effects on exterior wooden surfaces, such as decks, siding or roof shingles. Residing in Rhode Island, Pete Flood, whose family founded the Flood wood care brand 175 years ago, knows this all too well.

“The coastal climate is tough on wood,” Flood says. “The salt and humidity in the air sticks around all year.” Maintaining your home’s exterior wood surfaces, and of course using the right products, can help protect your home from harsh climates year round, but particularly harsh winter weather.”

While the Flood wood care brand is...

Home Inspections: Licensed Professional Engineer vs. Licensed Home Inspector

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Almost all purchasers of homes (and sometimes of apartments) want to have a professional evaluation of the premises. Some real estate agents refer to the process as “the engineering inspection” or simply “the home inspection” without differentiating between the two. In New York State, there are significant differences between the services performed by a licensed home inspector and by a licensed professional engineer. These differences pertain to what each person legally can and cannot do as well as to the amount of education and experience required for licensure.

Why is a home inspection useful? First, before putting the property on the market, it is advisable that the seller...

Sellers Should Beware of Oil Tanks

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OK, so what’s your excuse now? The election is past us, the new president-elect is to be sworn in on January 20, the stock market didn’t crash after all, mortgage rates are slowly increasing as predicted and spring is around the corner. So, ask yourself, why the wait? Your plans are to downsize, purchase a larger home or to do nothing at all. The temptation to sell might hover...when will the right time strike?

After you think you have figured it all out, lo and behold you recognize that you have an underground oil tank and are in a tizzy over what to do. Of course, you don’t have to sell, so you can leave it the way it is, or you might want to address it head on and early...

Your Ideal Buying and Selling Experience

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As an experienced home buyer turned realtor, I have learned what buyers expect from their agents. I believe it is important to be comfortable with the agent you are working with and realize how valuable they can be in helping you find the best deal and home fit for you. Here are some pointers:

Don’t Push: Buyers, don’t attempt to force yourself on a home based on what it looks like. Agents are more knowledgeable in the sense of price and value and are a great resource in that regard. However, it is important for an agent to remember that buyers know best when it comes to what they truly need for their family. Agents need to realize that it is important to show clients everything in...

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