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home repair

New sewer lateral ordinance

June 13, 2011

The adaptation of a sewer lateral point-of-sale ordinance is the biggest regulatory change in our local real estate community in recent years. This will affect properties in Oakland, Piedmont, and Emeryville. Similar to Berkeley’s existing sewer later ordinance, residential sales will trigger mandatory repair of sewer laterals that don’t pass inspection. Leaky sewer pipes lead […]

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Roofs – material and style

May 17, 2011

  The roofing materials I see most frequently see in our market are composite shingles and clay/concrete tile. Wood shake may be a distant third. (Years ago, some insurance companies stopped insuring properties with shake roofs because of the associated fire hazard.) This summary of roofing materials at Realtor.com omits a few others we see […]

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Know your repair costs

May 10, 2011

Oakland-based Star Inspection Group has a useful list of home repair and remodeling costs on their site. I like that their estimates reflect local Bay Area rates; online calculators are often inaccurate when based on national price data. Also check out Remodeling Magazine’s “Remodeling 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report,” which compares the cost of remodeling […]

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