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Appraised Value: The Ups & Downs Of How Much A House Is Worth

Posted by jfortunes on May 31, 2014

Determining Fair Market Value is an eternal struggle and major balancing act. That’s because buyers want a house to appraise on the low side keep the purchase price down. While sellers want the same house to appraise on the high side make the sale price higher. And then you’ve got the owners of the house who also want the appraisal to be on the low side, in order to keep the property taxes down.

So with all these different agendas and points of view, how is the fair market value of a real estate property actually determined?

Once a year, your county sends all area homeowners official notices that put a dollar value on their property. And property taxes are based on those dollar values. But before those notices get sent out, a long, detailed process usually takes place. First, the land is valued as if it’s a vacant empty lot, in other words. Then any improvements are described and measured. Improvements consist of the house and any other structures, pools, sheds, garages, and so forth. Next, most counties check the Marshall Valuation Service Cost Guide. It’s a standardized nationwide guide for determining the value of the cost per square foot to build a building that fits the description of the improved property. Next, if the house isn’t brand new, the replacement cost is considered, as well as depreciation; the year the house was constructed and the condition of the property are factors here. Appraisers then must take the critical step of comparing the value of the house with recent selling prices of similar homes in the neighborhood. At this point, the appraisal might stand as is or it might be adjusted upward or downward.

Market Value is a theory, in other words not an unchanging fact.

In a perfect world, you have to have willing buyer and a willing seller. Neither is under duress. Both are in a position to maximize gain and are trying to do this. But in the real world, things are rarely that simple and equally balanced. Which is why people feel differently about the appraisal value of a house. It really depends how strong their position is as a buyer or seller.

Does the local economy come into it at all? You bet it does.

Ask a successful Realtor about that! He or she will tell you they’ve noticed that the Rio Grande Vally is fast-growing economy is attracting people from other areas who consider real estate here a bargain. That helps fuel increases in property values.

So now you know where that Grand Total comes from.

You’re armed with the information you need to make a better house-buying decision. For instance, you can understand how two virtually identical houses that are in two different neighborhoods could be very far apart in price and appraised value. And why your choice of the right house in the right neighborhood could be worth a not-so-small fortune to you right now and years down the road.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or call James directly at 562-746-7263

Buying a Condo – Who’s Running The Show?

Posted by jfortunes on May 31, 2014

When buying a condo, we are all seduced by the decor, the ambiance, the view, and other visual effects, when we should really be checking something else that is not visual!

The Home Owners Association (HOA) often plays a very nondescript part in the whole process of choosing a condo, – especially for first-time condo buyers. However, the HOA can play a very large part in using up your finances if you hit an unlucky situation after moving in.

In order to avoid a surprise, ask a few pertinent questions about the HOA. One of the important factors would be ‘who is running the show?’ In a very small condo complex it may be run by residents, but a professional management company is preferable, especially in a condo of any size.

Professional management companies do charge for their services, but they can often save this fee by obtaining lower quotes for repairs, because they will use the same company many times. There is also less chance of the company using their influence on resident votes, so they may be construed as more fair. Finally, it is a business to them, and it the HOA will be run as such, instead of as a part-time rush before each meeting is due!

Always ask to see the rules of the HOA, the financial report, the by-laws and the minutes of the last several meetings. The conditions, covenants and restrictions (CC&Rs) will affect your lifestyle, so make sure they ‘fit in’ with it.

The financial report will tell you if there are any big increases in the fees coming up, or if there are any ‘emergency’ fees due soon. This raises the important question, what will happen if there is a big emergency? How is it paid and how much money is in the HOA kitty?

The maintenance reserves will be important; there will hopefully be approximately one third of the gross annual fees charged to all residents in the reserves. A favorable minimum amount would be $4,000 per condo, although is manageable.

Another aspect that the HOA manages is the percentage of rental units allowable. Under 20% is passable, but any more and the re-sale of the condos becomes risky. Renters often do not have the same respect for property or neighbors, so they decrease desirability.Also mortgage companies are aware of this and are reluctant to give out mortgages to high-rental complexes.

Once you have ironed out all these questions, you can consider whether you would like to get a professional inspection done. These inspections include the common areas as well as the condo you are interested in. Once all these precautions are in place, you will feel more secure to go ahead and make an offer.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or call James directly at 562-746-7263

Selling Your Home? Don’t Be Tempted By…

Posted by jfortunes on May 31, 2014

Do you want to sell your home right away? Don’t be tempted by “We Buy Houses” or “Sell Your House in 9 days for Cash” ads and billboards.

Savvy real estate investors run these ads and put up posters looking for sellers under duress. These investors want to make the money you earned for holding your home.  Investors only want to pay you up to seventy percent of the (low end) market value.  Many investors who studied late night infomercial real estate scams want you to be their bank and carry the financing.

You do not need to be at the mercy of these scavengers. Selling you home is stressful enough without worrying about getting a fair price.

As a real estate investor who looks for distressed houses with desperate sellers, I give you the following tips for getting fair market value for your home quickly.

For Sellers with No Money to Spend:

Start at the street and clean up the weeds.

Remove dead plants and trim overgrown limbs.

Plant brown spots with cuttings of ground cover from friends.

Remove empty pots and containers or fill with cuttings.

Wash the windows.

Inside, take down tatty window coverings.

Pack personal effects: family photos, memorabilia, magazine piles.

Open window coverings, let the sunshine in.

Air your home out.

Get rid of excess furniture, especially pieces with holes.

Hold a yard sale and use the money to buy flowers.

After a thorough purging and cleaning, your shining home is ready to sell for a fair price.

For Sellers with a Little Cash:

Spend your money wisely on enhancements that boost net proceeds.

Freshen pain.

Fix everything you possibly can.

Use Design and Marketing Psychology to stage your home.

Redecorating your home and adding upgrades for the potential buyerís profile brings you the greatest return for your money. Then, you retain your equity and sell your home for top dollar to a motivated buyer.

Don’t just compete with other home sellers: redesign your home with Design Psychology so buyers compete with each other for your home!

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or call James directly at 562-746-7263

Real Estate Foreclosure – How To Make Money From Them

Posted by jfortunes on May 31, 2014

As of now, investing in real estate foreclosure is considered an intelligent and well-thought strategy for gaining money and getting rich. The mortgage foreclosure procedure provides two opportunities in real estate foreclosure when a suitable agreement can be made. You can opt for buying a home in the pre-foreclosure phase and second option is in the auction phase. In any of these phases, you transact with property owners that have to sell their property or have to otherwise lose it without getting anything. So as they are running out of luck, they are eager to agree to large discounts. Moreover the risk involved with real estate foreclosure is low as you have adequate time to do research, work out on sales com-parables and judge the property. The competition is less severe and you don’t mess up with dealers when purchasing foreclosure property. So if you strike on a good deal, you can save significantly.

So if you plan to purchase a real estate foreclosure, then you must scan all the available investing opportunities via this process, in depth. If you are heading towards foreclosure with a pre-foreclosure stage this stage requires a straight contact between the seller and the investor. This is a no-lose occasion as both parties linked with the deal are keen to reach their aims. A significant discount, low cash down payment and compliant sales agreements makes the real estate foreclosure a huge investing occasion. The drawback of this approach is that first of all it is difficult to find a foreclosure homeowner and secondly, you can face a tough competition, which might increase their rates.

The second purchasing method is the auction or the sale of a foreclosure real estate. The auction forms the successive logical step when the sale is not made out during the foreclosure process. You can consider the auction as a weapon with a pointed blade; you can either hit the bonanza or lose everything. When there isn’t much competition, the biggest advantage of a foreclosure real estate is the potential profit it can provide at the auction, specially because there isn’t a great deal of competition for foreclosure real estate sold at auction. However, the threats in the auction are from over-bidding, the infeasibility to examine the foreclosure real estate, to pay the sale amount in time limit or to expel the tenants staying in the foreclosure homes.

However, after the auction if the real estate foreclosure still fails to sell at auction or the scenario is that the lender ends up as the highest bidder, the property becomes REO, or real estate possessed by the bank. The banks then sell these REO properties on the open market mostly through a real estate agent or through some third-party marketing company. Here also you have a great scope to purchase the property at rates lower than market value, thus a chance to turn foreclosure estate to your personal real estate.

There are a lot of on-line web sites that provide tryout memberships, they introduce a number of foreclosure listings sites and examine the ones that provide the finest strategies. On the Internet, you can search for various websites for the state, county, city, and zip code, wherever you are interested in purchasing. You can then evaluate these foreclosure list sites and find the ones that give you the best price and value for money. You must take benefit of the free trial offered to examine the listings with the daily updates.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or call James directly at 562-746-7263

How To Use Curb Appeal To Sell Your Home

Posted by jfortunes on May 31, 2014

Curb appeal is the most important challenge you’ll face when selling your home. You must make home shoppers feel like getting out of their car to see what’s behind the front door. Imagine prospective buyers driving up and examining your property for the first time. Your goal is to have them exclaim, “What a darling home!” Or, “What a splendid house.”

Curb appeal has grown up, and using innovative Design Psychology techniques for marketing homes puts curb allure to work, enticing buyers to come inside your home. One way to make your home outshine the others on the market, upgrading your exterior, doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money.

Restore, the outlet store for Habitat for Humanity, resells donated home building materials. They sell light fixtures, window hardware, paint, house numbers, and even white picket fencing. Restore also lets you bargain on merchandise, which means that the tagged price isn’t always the final price. You can even sign up for Restore’s mailing list and receive notices of half-price sales. We found a great exterior light fixture at Restore for one of our fixers for only $25. The same fixture, available at our local home building supply outlet, sells for $99.

Suppliers and Exquisite Details

To sell your home for the highest profit, you need to spend less for improvements to make more; yet spending a little extra can yield significantly more return on your money. Adding exquisite details can add dollars to your bank account. For instance, if you don’t find what you’re looking for at a bargain price, visit an upscale retailer and look for similar items on sale.

If you use ugly, cheap, or tacky fixtures, you’ll actually make it harder to sell your home by lowering your home’s curb appeal. Think of it this way: spending $100 more for a quality light fixture will save you at least one, and possibly more, mortgage payment. That means that your $100 fixture was really an investment, rather than an expense.

Curb Appeal: Create Inviting Access to Your Home

An alluring home setting begins with the access to your home. A problem with many newer homes is that developers don’t provide a separate walkway to the front door. You don’t want to make buyers walk around cars and trip over driveway edges to navigate to your front door. If you have no dedicated walkway to the front door, add a simple pathway. A wandering pathway to the front door psychologically feels more inviting than a straight-shot walkway.

If you have a plain, straight concrete walkway, create undulating flower beds on either side to encourage a relaxed, friendly feeling. Adding a water feature near your entry walk also enhances the ambiance because moving water relaxes the body and mind and refreshes the spirit. You want to create a feeling of balance and harmony, like that found in nature.

Welcome Buyers with Friendly Accessories:

*   Wind chimes add pleasure to your buyers’ sense of hearing.
*   Potted plants, such as flowers or soft ferns, are friendly, but avoid spiked plants with thorns near the doorway.
*   Floral baskets with bright yellow and white flowers show up best day and night.
*   A pair of rocking chairs, a double glider, or a porch swing will convey a friendly neighborhood and invite potential buyers to sit and chat.
*   A welcome mat also adds a homey touch.

Avoid Unwelcoming Attributes

*   Repair cracks in the driveway with cement epoxy.
*   Clean spider webs off eaves, windows and porch.
*   Repair or replace broken doorbells.
*   Clean or replace dirty or burnt out exterior lights.

Buyers forgive little inadequacies in your home if they love it from the first time they see it. So go a few extra steps beyond curb appeal and lure your prospective buyers inside with Design Psychology methods. Take a little extra time and spend just a bit more money, to sell your home fast, and for more money.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or call James directly at 562-746-7263

Home Sellers: Is Your Listing Agent the Reason Your Home’s Not Selling?

Posted by jfortunes on May 31, 2014

Many home sellers sign a listing agreement with an agent who makes big promises and then their home languishes on the market.

Do you know if your agent may be causing your home to go unsold? Some reasons why listing agents hold up home sales:

1. Lack of cooperation from other sales agents who dislike your listing agent. Some agents get a reputation of being difficult to work with. Ask another agent about the popularity of your listing agent.

2. Lopsided commission split. Check to see if other agents get their fair share of the sales commission. Some agents only offer discounted commissions to the selling agent who won’t show the home if they make more selling another house.

3. Busy agents neglect to hold open houses for other real estate offices. Have you had other agents preview your home? If not, ask your agent why he or she hasn’t held an open house for brokers.

4. Lack of exposure. Is your home listed correctly on the Internet? Check to see if you can find it online. Do a search for your city and home for sale to see if your listing or agent’s website pops up. Most of today’s home buyers begin their property search on the Internet. You should be able to find local multiple listings.

5. Poor advertising methods. Did your agent create a sales flyer that showcases your property or a sales flyer that showcases your agent? Does your agent advertise your particular property every week or just rely on generic office ads? Did your property get a photo ad in the local home buyer magazine? Another great sales tool used by aggressive listing agents, mailings to your neighborhood homeowners, generates interest from neighbors’ friends and family.

If you feel that you’re wasting your valuable time with an agent who doesn’t perform, ask for a cancellation. If your agent won’t allow a cancellation without receiving compensation for a job not done, insist daily that he or she start performing. If you become the disliked, difficult home seller, your agent will cancel you.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or call James directly at 562-746-7263

Sell A House In The First 60 Seconds…

Posted by jfortunes on May 31, 2014

Selling your house is all about creating the right impression instantly. This first impression will override any little faults found later down the line. The first impression has a remarkable affect  on the brain of the buyer. It says to a buyer ” I want to to live here!”

Property buyers will have already formed an impression before they step into your property. A well-kept garden, pathway and fence, plus a freshly painted front door are immediately appealing, whereas a scruffy outdoor space with a litter bin outside the front door may turn many prospective buyers away.

De-clutter – don’t underestimate the appeal of a tidy property. Throw out the junk – use moving as a good excuse to get rid of old, unwanted and unused items. Clean – dust and clean the whole house thoroughly, from cobwebs on the ceiling to crumbs and stains on carpets and rugs. Remember to wash down paintwork and clean windows.

Natural Colors – research shows that, most buyers prefer natural, earthy colors to bright, bold shades. Although there is a wide range of paint colors available, magnolia is still the top-selling color.

Add a bit of color – to prevent rooms looking too bland, use strong colors for accent walls or cushions and accessories.

Depersonalize – remove personal items, such as family photographs and children’s drawings, which may distract potential buyers.It may sound harsh but it really helps sell property

Maintenance – Complete all minor repairs.

Major Jobs- If you don’t spend out on home improvements to complete major repairs it could have a disproportionate affect on the value of the property.

Lighting – the right lighting can improve the mood of a room. A room looks cozier with a few table lamps rather than bright general lighting.

Create a scent – it may be a bit of a cliché to bake bread or grind coffee beans just before the arrival of a potential buyer, but scent does plays an important role in creating the right impression.

Open windows – most buyers like the smell of a freshly cleaned and aired room. Open the windows every day to let fresh air into the house.

Avoid strong food odors – don’t cook foods such as fish or curry before a viewing as the smell will linger.

Take pets out – ask friends or family to look after pets during viewings. Fresh flowers and fruit – flowers and a bowl of fruit will brighten up a room and provide a pleasant smell.

Define your rooms – a property will be more appealing if rooms have a specific purpose and this allows buyers to see the full potential of the property.

Seasons – the best time for selling property is spring and autumn; the market slows down during late summer and over Christmas/New Year. If a property is sold while the market is buoyant, it’s much more likely to attract the asking price.

Preparing to meet buyers.

Making a useful list of costs – Put yourself in the buyer’s position and think about what questions they are likely to ask then compile a useful list of costs associated with running your house. In the UK council tax bills vary from property to property so having the costs at hand is really useful for buyers. Utilities bills, insurance, maintenance costs may also be useful information. You can use the list as an aide during the viewing and as a helpful piece of information to give to your prospective buyer when they leave.

Keep your property description details – Keep copies to hand of your property description details. Some buyers may have forgotten to bring them along. Be prepared to answer questions relating to what is written on your property details. Know how old your boiler is, how long ago that flat roof was replaced. If you’ve had electrical or plumbing work its good to know what was done, but remember don’t stretch the truth this may return and bite you when you least expect it.

Know the positive and negatives- Every house has positive and negative points, know them and be ready to expand about them

Your attitude – Treat each person who views your property as a potential buyer. You may have to negotiate with them at a later stage. Your aim will be to create a good working relationship you will need to be friendly but not too friendly, a detached informative attitude is ideal. This also helps give your buyer the feeling that you are not desperate to sell your house. It’s a fine line so be careful you don’t appear disinterested. Avoid putting any pressure on the buyer by asking them too many questions at this early stage. Hard sells do not work with major purchases like a property and will only serve to put your buyers off. Take your time and try to feel relaxed. If you feel rushed and tense so will your buyer. Good time management is essential before you allow in potential buyers.

Now you are prepared to sell your home, and so will the buyer be prepared to buy your home.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or call James directly at 562-746-7263

Playing The Real Estate Rental Game

Posted by jfortunes on May 31, 2014

Real estate investing is a game. To play it well you must understand the four financial benefits of real estate and how to maximize them. Those benefits are:

1. Cash flow
2. Equity build up (the payoff of your loan)
3. Tax benefits
4. Potential appreciation

In this article we are going to look at benefit number one.

Benefit number one – Cash Flow (cash flow before tax).

Investing in real state is game of numbers. To play the game well you must understand how to manipulate the numbers to get the end results you want. The result being positive cash flow.

The formula to calculate the cash flow is listed below:

Gross Rental Income
Minus: Vacancy
Equals: Adjusted Gross Income
Minus: Operating Expenses
Equals: Net Operating Income
Minus: Debt Service Payments
Equals: Cash Flow Before Taxes

Here is an explanation of each of the factors in the formula above.

Gross rental income is the first number that you need. It includes all the rents and any other miscellaneous income from garage rents, laundry machines or vending machine. This number is that total income that we expect to get during the year.

Vacancy is a percentage of the gross rental income. It is based on that you won’t collect from of the rent that is expected because of bounced checks, evictions and vacant units during the year. This percentage will vary depending on the supply and demand for rental in your area. I commonly use a 5% vacancy factor when I don’t have any data to determine this. It is important to ALWAYS have a vacancy percentage. Many times the seller will tell you that they have had no vacancy. It is just not true because people’s lives change. They get divorced; lose their jobs and other changes. This causes them not to have the money to pay rent and creates vacancies.

Adjusted Gross Income is the actual money that you are going to receive.

Operating expense are all the costs that apply to the property each and every year other than the loan payments. It includes things like taxes, insurance, repairs, utilities that you pay and any other expenses.

Net Operating Income is that amount of money that the property produces after all operating expenses. This is the most important number because this is the number use to pay any loan payments. This is also the number that we use to determine the value of the property (more about this later).

Debt Service Payments is the amount of payments that you spend per year for any loan that you have on the property.

Cash Flow Before Tax is the amount of money that is left over after you have paid EVERYTHING. This is the amount of money that is you get to keep for your self.

Ok, now that I explained what all the numbers are, here are the keys to creating more cash flow. There is only basically two ways to do it. You have to get more income by increasing the rents and/or reducing vacancies losses or you need to reduce your operating expenses and /or your loan payments.

If you are buying, it obvious that by paying less for the property would mean that your loan should be less, therefore your loan payments should be less and should give you more cash flow.

It is extremely important that before you every buy any rental real estate that you look at the cash flow and you should run the numbers using three different scenarios. The best case where you rents are high and expenses are low, the worst-case scenario where the rents are low and the expenses are high and then a middle scenario. If the worst-case scenario still makes sense then the property should be a no-brainer and you should go ahead and buy.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or call James directly at 562-746-7263

Things to Avoid When Flipping Real Estate

Posted by jfortunes on May 31, 2014

Flipping property is rising in popularity as a form of real estate investing. The truth of the matter is that this is one of the more entertaining methods for many investors that are simply ‘itching’ to get their hands a little dirty. The sweat equity involved in these transactions, while attractive, can also be daunting when skills are inadequate and out and out dangerous in some situations.

If you are one of the many around the world who consider the appeal of flipping property with huge dollar signs in your eyes, you should take care to avoid the following things in order to minimize your risks while maximizing your potential for success.

1) Do not fail to have a qualified inspection of the property before any money changes hands. If you do not have any idea of the types of work that needs to be done then you cannot possibly make an educated estimate of the costs involved in rehabbing the property.

2) Do not underestimate the budget for repairs on the flip. This is one of the most common mistakes that even seasoned professionals make and it can mean the difference between a profit and a loss on the property if you aren’t careful and do not stick to the planned budget.

3) Do not overestimate your abilities. This is another common mistake. The fact that you’ve seen something done on television doesn’t mean that it is something you can do on your own. It costs more money and time to have someone come in and repair your mistakes than to have had a professional do the work from the beginning. This doesn’t mean that you can’t learn how to do some of the work or that doing so would be cost effective. The trick lies in determining where your skills and abilities can really take you rather than where you hope they will take you. Plumbing, electrical, and structural work are generally best left to the professionals unless you have specific experience or training in these fields.

4) Do not fail to hold yourself accountable to your timetable and your budget. Real estate investing puts you in the bosses seat and while that is often simple when it comes to driving others, we often have a bit of difficulty when it comes to holding ourselves accountable for time and money along the way. Unfortunately, failing to do so can be a very costly blunder.

5) Do not forget to keep up with receipts, bills, etc. and reconcile the facts and figures daily. It is far too simple to allow a couple of trips to the local home improvement center escape careful scrutiny. Add a couple of these trips per day and you could easily find thousands of dollars missing from your budget with no paper trail to explain the transactions. You could also find that some tools will not work or be needed for the project. Those items cannot typically be returned without the original receipts.

6) Avoid having too many chiefs on the project. If this is your ball game then you need to run with it rather than having 10 people giving contradictory orders. Schedule meetings regularly to discuss progress and any adjustments or changes that may need to be made.

7) Avoid poor planning. This is one step that is the difference for many would be house flippers between success and failure. Plan out every step of the project in an order that makes sense. You do not want to paint the ceilings or walls after you’ve installed new floors. Nor do you want to rip out walls in order to replace plumbing after you’ve painted them. Plan things out in the proper order and allow a day or two between subsequent projects in case extra time is needed. The last thing you want to do is pay a group of contractors to stand around waiting for the paint to dry so they can begin the next step in the process.

There are risks involved in any type of investment. While real estate is one of the greatest things in the world in which people can invest, there are still risks involved. Following the advice above however can significantly lower those risks and give investors the opportunity to have great expectations when all is said and done. Whether this will be your first flip or your fortieth flip there is much that can be reviewed in the steps above that will reaffirm many of the things you’ve learned along the way.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or call James directly at 562-746-7263

Evaluating A Home – Water Pipes

Posted by jfortunes on May 31, 2014

When evaluating a home you are considering buying, it is easy to get caught up in the visual aspects of the home. Water pipes are just one unseen area you remember to inspect.

Water Pipes – Drip, Drip, Drip

Alright, I’ll admit right away water pipes are not exactly the most glamorous aspect of a home. In fact, water piping in most homes is more than adequate to keep you in hot showers while you live there and take care of all your water needs. If there is a problem with the interior water pipes, however, you are in for a very costly and disruptive experience.

The main issue with water pipes on the interior of a home is their location. It is easy to forget about them because they are primarily hidden behind the walls of the house. While this is good from a visual perspective, it quickly becomes a negative if a pipe starts leaking or, god forbid, actually bursts inside a wall. Leaks lead to rot and mold problems that can effect the health of you family. A burst pipe leads to flooding, new carpets, rebuilt walls and large bills.

When evaluating the water pipes in a home, keep in mind the following issues.

1. Copper – The best piping material for water pipes is copper. It will last forever and is resistant to hard deposit build ups which can impact the amount of water flowing through the pipes. Copper pipes are also the sign of a quality construction effort as they tend to be more expensive than alternatives.

2. PVC – If you see PVC water pipes anywhere other than on the sprinkler system or from the main street line to the house, red flags should wave before your eyes. The presence of PVC piping is an indication of an owner doing the piping themselves, as most construction companies will not use PVC. In a majority of locations, such use of PVC is outright illegal. Do not buy a home with PVC piping in the walls! Ever!

3. Iron Piping – For a long time, iron piping was pretty much the standard in home construction. There is nothing particularly wrong with using such piping with one exception. Iron piping is susceptible to water and will rust over time. If you find this grey, metal piping in the home, find out when it was put in and check for rust. Iron piping should last roughly 30 years without any major problems. If replacements must be made, go with copper.

The pipes moving water around the interior of a home may seem uninteresting. Your attitude, however, will change if one of them bursts in the middle of the night.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us or call James directly at 562-746-7263


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