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Bi-partisan support for real estate green card may benefit Minnesota lake region

Bi-partisan support for real estate green card may benefit Minnesota lake region

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) have proposed a bill that would grant foreign investors a three year residential visa if they purchase real estate valued at $500,000 or more.

It does come with a few strings.  The purchase must include a property valued at $250,000 while the balance of the $500,000 can be income producing property. Sorry, cash only and they must live in the property 180 days each year to fully qualify.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sun, 10/23/2011 - 14:36

Common Housing Defects, Part 1

Common Housing Defects, Part 1

Home Inspectors may disagree on the exact order of a list of prevalent defects found in the course of home inspections. One thing they will almost universally agree on is that water is the enemy of a house and those defects that lead to water problems are among the most devastating.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 10/22/2011 - 08:21

A New Fire Station in West Fargo

For several months now my daughter Kyra and I have driven by a construction site of a new fire station in West Fargo. Lucky for us, once construction was complete they held an open house to celebrate the new station and It was an excellent opportunity as a family to learn more about the roll firefighters play in our community and steps we can take in our own home to stay safe in case of a fire.

Our visit made me think of how, as a home inspector in the Fargo and Moorhead area, I am always highlighting areas where fire could be a concern for a new home buyer.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 16:32

Making a home more aging friendly

Making a home more aging friendly

 

Aging in place access issues.

Safety in the home as we age is of paramount importance but still to utilize, and enjoy, our home we must also have reasonable access. In ideal circumstance the design would serve all users without regard to ability.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 10/15/2011 - 20:45

A Home Inspectors Day Off and A Trip To Fargo's Yonker Farm

A Home Inspector’s day off

On a rare Saturday off I had the chance to take my family to Yunker Farm in north Fargo for a very nice Fall festival. My daughter loved the children’s museum and I would recommend the fun activities and hands-on learning to any parent looking for an affordable and educational outing.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sun, 10/09/2011 - 19:40

Making a home more aging friendly Aging in place safety issues.

Making a home more aging friendly

Aging in place safety issues.

Buying a new home or remodeling a current residence, making our homes better serve our needs as we “mature” is often just a matter of a few simple changes.  These changes can make your home safer, easier to navigate and more comfortable and comforting.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 10/08/2011 - 07:44

Ready for winter check list

Ready for winter check list

Those beautiful fall colors forming on the trees and shrubs are not just for your enjoyment. They are also a warning that cold weather waits just around the corner. Those, who do not heed the warning, run the risk of spending more money this winter than they need to and not being as warm and cozy as they might like.

These suggestions can help you be as cozy as can be this winter and not break the bank at the same time.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sun, 10/02/2011 - 12:04

Winter's Sure Approach

With the “construction” season just about over and fall coming around the corner its a good time to start crossing items off your exterior home inspection checklist. Getting a head start before the snow starts falling can save you time and costly headaches.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 19:13

Getting the Summer place ready for a Summer of fun!

Lets make our summer place as carefree as possible by hitting the maintenance or potential maintenance items right out of the box.

Start by making a few 'phone calls.

If you use fuel for cooking and/or heating call the provider and have them check fuel levels so that when you arrive there will be fuel.

Call your local electricity provider and have the power reconnected.

Make sure your "guy" has de-winterized the plumbing system and don't forget to have the septic checked and pumped, if needed, before the crowd arrives.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sun, 05/15/2011 - 21:50
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