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What to Expect When You’re Renting

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What should I expect in a rental?

First you need to ask yourself a few questions. Are you relocating and, if so, for how long? Are you testing out a neighborhood or are you unsure you can afford to buy a home?

You need to determine the location you are considering and its proximity to work. If you want a residential...

Why Is It So Hard to Find a Landlord Who Loves My Dog as Much as I Do?

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Several years ago, a fine gentleman whom I had placed in a co-op sublet decided that he wanted to buy a co-op apartment of his own. We found the perfect place: a lovely, large Jr. 4 apartment in a doorman building, complete with terrace and great views. “I want to bid on this!” he exclaimed. “My dog and I will just love it here.” “What did you say? You have a dog? When did this happen?” I asked, envisioning the sale going down the tubes and all because the co-op board had reversed its once dog-friendly policy. But all was not lost. My customer, who was otherwise superbly qualified to pass the co-op board, had recently endured two traumatic experiences in his life, had gone...

Why Switching to LED Bulbs Makes a Difference

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(StatePoint) It may seem like a small detail, but the way you light your home can have a big impact on the environment and your energy bills. Indeed, widespread use of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States, according to government findings.

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Using at least 75 percent less energy and lasting 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, residential LEDs, especially ENERGY STAR-rated products, can help you significantly reduce the cost of lighting your home. And this is truer than ever, as the price of this technology has declined and the uses for it have expanded. Even LED decorative holiday lighting can be...

How to Build a Positive Relationship With a Contractor

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My first draft of this article included a “how many contractors does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” joke as well as a comparison to dental work. My sister told me I was being too negative. Renovations are never easy and they can be made harder still if you are unsure about what to expect. However, it is possible to build trust and avoid some of the pitfalls by getting educated about the process.

Don’t Take Shortcuts

Many, many people think that if they are doing a small project like a bathroom, they can get away with taking shortcuts such as not applying for a permit with the building department in their town. This is probably the most common and biggest mistake people...

Restrictive Covenants in Real Estate

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Restrictive covenants are inserted into deeds and leases to real property and appear in title reports as well. They can also be created by a separate document that relates to the deed.

(Deeds are a matter of public record and can be accessed by members of the public.)

Restrictive covenants limit the landowner’s or lessee’s use of the property. Most restrictive covenants run with the land and are therefore legally enforceable on current and future owners and lessees of the land. Restrictive covenants can apply to both residential and commercial properties.

Covenants have two objectives: To restrict the manner in which one can use his or her property and to impose affirmative...

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