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Monday, January 28, 2013

Key areas to focus on when viewing a home.

The necessity of a home inspection cannot be stressed enough. Even in new homes, an inspection is essential to protect the buyer and make them aware of any issues with the home. After the inspection the buyer has the opportunity to negotiate with the seller and reach an agreement to either repair the property or to lower the sales price to compensate the buyer for the cost of the repairs. Alternatively, the seller can decide to sell the home as-is, in which case he or she is declining to make repairs or lower the sales price, and the buyer must decide whether or not to buy the home at the original agreed-upon sales price.

 Essentially, the inspection evaluates and discloses the condition of the structure to the buyers. Three major areas to pay particular attention to in your inspection report are the property's foundation, plumbing and attic. 

  • Solid foundation. Significant cracks, shifting or sinking of the foundation are serious and often quite costly to repair. Consider hiring a structural engineer to perform a second inspection if you have serious concerns about the inspector or condition of the foundation.
  • It's all in the pipes. Leaks, even previous leaks that have been fixed can be problematic. Inspectors will look for signs of mold, mildew or fungus that are the result of water damage.
  • Hit the roof. An attic will alert the inspector to rodent damage, previous fire damage, inadequate insulation, leaks, and water damage or structure faults.
If there is a specific concern, hiring a professional who specializes in that area may be beneficial. Also, be aware that there may be a conflict of interest if the home inspector also offer to perform repairs. Remember that our team of Sales Associates are always here to answer questions and help you. Contact us today at 626-358-1858 or 626-963-7621.


New Listing (For Lease)

Family-Friendly 4-Bedroom house freshly renovated on a quiet cul-de-sac, convenient to Glendora schools, shopping, recreation, transportation. Mountain Views. Large master-suite includes new ceiling fan, attached bathroom and dressing area with double closets. New Carpeting and tile throughout. Kitchen, Dining and Living Room open to large brick patio in private fully-fenced backyard with an additional raised wood deck surrounded by mature shade trees. Perfect for warm weather entertaining. All landscaping has automatic irrigation. New Central A/C and Heat. New Double-Pane energy–efficient windows throughout. New Roof. All interiors freshly repainted. 400-square foot fully carpeted bonus room with laundry area features separate remote-control A/C, new ceiling fan and lots of extra storage. Large driveway accommodates up to 5 cars, with additional parking behind side gate. 200 square foot Shed on side yard provides even more storage. Don’t think twice. This SUPER CLEAN Turn-Key home will rent quickly.
801 Inverness in Glendora

Monday, January 21, 2013

Welcome Martin Alon and Le Hua

This week, we welcome our two newest members of the CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes sales team.

Mr. Martin Alon and Mrs. Le Hua have just both signed on to our brokerage after successfully graduating from our Real Estate school program.

We are very excited to have these two talents on our team and we are looking forward to their future successes with us.

Le Hua

Martin Alon

Monday, January 14, 2013

Important questions to ask your home inspector.

When purchasing a home, home inspections often put the buyer's mind at ease and may allow for renegotiation. An inspection also gives buyers an opportunity to opt out of the sale if major problems are discovered. Here are some important questions that buyers should ask their home inspector.
  • Are you a member in good standing of a professional inspectors organization, such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI)? (Some states require a license).Inspectors (NIBI)? (Some states require a license).
  • What is your specialty? If the inspector only has training in one area and has no other expertise, the inspection may not be comprehensive. 
  • Do you have references? 
  • How long have you been in business and how many inspections have you performed? 
  • What advanced technology do you use? (i.e.-infrared camera, ultrasound machine)What exactly does the inspection cover? (i.e.-plumbing, heat, electric, structure, alarms, sewer, foundation)
  • Can we accompany you on the inspection?
  • Do you carry all necessary insurance, including professional liability, general liability, and errors and omissions insurance?
  • Does the report include estimates of repair costs
  • Do you offer a written guarantee on the inspection?What type of report will I receive, and when will I receive it?
If there is a specific area of concern, hiring a professional who specializes in that area may beneficial. Also, be aware that there may be a conflict of interest if the home inspector also offers to perform repairs.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Family checklist to survive a power outage.

You never know when you may lose power in your neighborhood or region. Though these events are often unpredictable, you and your family can be prepared. See the list below for suggestions on what to have on hand for the next power outage.

  1. Every household should have a first aid kit and every member of your home should know where it is.
  2. Store enough fresh bottled water for each person to have one gallon of drinking water per day for three days.
  3. Store canned goods and non-perishable items that can feed your family for a minimum of three days. Don't forget a manual can opener.
  4. Flashlights and an ample surplus of batteries should also be stored.
  5. A battery-powered or crank radio may be essential for information.
  6. Store an extra refill of any necessary medication inside the first aid kit.
  7. Matches or a lighter may be helpful if you need to start a fire.
  8. Mylar blankets don't take up much room but are literally lifesavers.
  9. Battery-operated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be utilized after the power goes out.
  10. Extra cash, important phone numbers and documents should also be stored in a safe and accessible place.
New Listings - For More Information about these homes please contact our offices at 626-358-1858 or 626-963-7621. 
131 El Nido Avenue, Monrovia - Available for Sale at $918,800
653 E Gardenia Drive, Azusa - Available for Sale at $449,888

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