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Electrical safety and energy conservation

September 27, 2011

Zalman Sher, owner and president of American Electrical, gave a talk entitled, “Residential Electrical Wiring Safety and Energy Conservation”…at our regular Monday Marketing Meeting at the Oakland Association of REALTORS. Mr. Sher spoke on topics including: child-proofing electrical outlets arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) knob-and-tube wiring lighting, high-efficacy lighting, etc. American Electrical is based in […]

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Understanding mechanics liens

August 8, 2011

Here’s a helpful primer from Chicago Title regarding mechanics liens. Buyers who purchase property that have undergone recent renovations or repair should be wary of mechanics liens. Acquiring a property free of mechanics liens at the close of escrow is no guarantee they couldn’t emerge at a later date and hold the new homeowner responsible. […]

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“Looking at Older Homes” – Part Two

May 2, 2010

And here’s the second part of Roger Robinson’s presentation after we took a 10-minute break. The audio quality is degraded in a few short parts…I think because my cellphone was resting next to the mic! First couple of minutes – continuation of heating 02:40 – fireplaces 08:30 – foundations 36:00 – from here, Roger overviewed […]

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“Looking at Older Homes” – Part One

May 2, 2010

A big thank you to presenter Roger Robinson of Star Inspection Group. I recorded the presentation—“Looking at Older Homes”—he gave yesterday at the Building Education Center. Parts of the audio may not make sense without the interesting, referent Powerpoint slides. Roger also had a helpful handout, with links to a variety of resources mentioned in […]

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Earthquake Retrofitting: The Book

April 27, 2010

Local contractor, James Gillett, has come out with a book: “Earthquake Retrofitting: The Book.” Being in earthquake country, seismic hazards—and a property’s vulnerability to it—are always a concern. That’s one of the top issues on my buyers’ minds when evaluating properties. And for good reason. Much of the housing stock in Oakland-Alameda-Berkeley was built in […]

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