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Avoid Lead Removal Liability.

Part 3. The disclosure part of the lead removal rules (see part 1 and 2 for the other guidelines) requires that an EPA booklet entitled “The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right” be supplied. This document must be supplied before the work is done if there is an existing tenant. The booklet must be supplied […]

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Ride-Share House Scouts.

Real estate firms are hiring ride-sharing drivers from Uber and Lyft to search for house flip projects. The drivers look for homes that appear to be good candidates for renovation and sale. One company hires drivers to find potential flip houses in 20 states. Drivers get paid either a sales commission or a fee for […]

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Do you have Lead Removal Liability?

Part 2. If you renovate a home with lead paint, professional remediation techniques are required if you remove paint on any window, on more than 6 square feet of interior, or on more than 20 square feet of the exterior. The work must be done by a “Certified Renovator”. The contractor will be have to […]

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Rehab Lead Removal Requirements, Part 1.

If you buy and fix up older homes to sell or hold as a rental, you may be subject to lead disclosure and remediation requirements. Many people are familiar with the lead paint disclosures, which are required upon sale or rental where the property was built before 1978. But the lead renovation rules are different. […]

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10 Musts when Hiring a Contractor, Part 1.

1. Verify the Contractor is Licensed. Verify the contractor is licensed and has the correct license for your specific project by going to www.azroc.gov, and check to see if the contractor is in good standing and has any past complaints. 2. Three Bids. Ensure you don’t pay too much for the project by getting three […]

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How to Finance a Fixer-Upper.

The FHA 203(k) program is a loan product designed to help owner-occupants remodel a home. Available when purchasing or refinancing a home, it wraps the purchase/refinance and rehabilitation costs into a single mortgage. To qualify for the loan, the total value of the property must fall within the FHA mortgage limit for the area. There […]

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Liability from Older Home Renovations.

If you buy and fix up older homes to sell or hold as a rental, it just got a lot more difficult and expensive. New federal regulations effective in April of this year (the “New Lead Rules”), now require professional remediation techniques when even a relatively small amount of paint is disturbed. Many people are […]

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