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When a realtor lists a home, or goes to preview a house with a client, it is important to understand the telltale signs of trouble with certain systems of the home, including potential major mechanical and structural issues: this certainly includes potential septic problems. Septic systems that are functioning well will show no signs to worry about. However, a poorly functioning septic system will show some definitive signs of concern that realtors should be aware of. When a septic system starts to show signs of trouble, it is usually evident after the basic septic tank is full, but in some homes septic problems can be hidden until the system is at capacity. This is especially true if the system was just recently pumped. The good news, is there are several telltale signs the system is at risk of failing even if the system was recently pumped. Warning Signs In a system that is failing or is overburdened, there is usually a scent of septic gasses that can permeate the home. This also may be more noticeable outside the home if the tank or leach field is far removed from the home. Realtors should always ask homeowners where the field is located and be sure to go out and assess the soil around the tank. Septic systems that are beginning to go faulty will usually have very soft and saturated soil in the yard area where the septic tank and leach field are located. While the heavy rain season can make this more difficult to observe, soggy soil with a septic smell is usually more indicative of a problem. Testing The good news is that any system can be readily tested for functionality to ensure it is running up to par. Over time leach fields and systems do fail and this can be a cause of great concern. That is usually the time when a new leach field and septic tank system must be installed. Depending on soil and land area the failed system may lead to the need for an engineered septic system installation. If there is any concern that the system may be failing or is need of work, realtors should always be forthcoming to both the seller and potential buyers. Getting a professional to assess the situation should occur if there are any telltale signs such as: suspicious septic odor, septic back up, slow drainage, or a soggy leach field. When questions arise regarding a septic systems condition, it is suggested that tests be run on the system to see how well it’s working. Through the use of some testing tools like a hydrostatic pressure gauge, septic professionals can have a better understanding how well the system is working. If there is a need to do any work on the system, realtors need to be sure to recommend professionals to their clients that are trustworthy and competent. Realtors who are looking for a good company to recommend for septic work should offer at least 3 to 4 companies in the septic business that are well rated for professionalism and have a good reputation for quality work.
Congressman James E. Clyburn (SC-06) today announced the recipients of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Public Housing Capital Fund grants for Fiscal Year 2018. There are 9 institutions serving communities in South Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District receiving these awards totaling more than $12 million.
Atlanta REALTORS® (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its March 2018 Market Brief on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metropolitan Atlanta. The Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally-focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single family residential properties.
Every house that can have a driveway should have one, but it can be a bit confusing to choose the right material though. In case you are about to build a new driveway, here are the pros and cons of the three materials which are generally used for the job.
The real estate industry’s marketing tactics continue to evolve year after year. In order to be successful in a market, you can do the basics right. However, to be one of the best, you have to be ready to embrace change and opportunities. Realtors are constantly working with changing markets, zoning regulations, mortgage rates and client desires.
For the past 3 years, we have seen the rise of housing prices as it gets increasingly harder for buyers to find a bargain. Compared to the new ways of investing, real estate is traditional investing.If you are going to invest in real estate, it would be smart to look at some of the hottest housing markets in the nation. They have experienced continued growth, appreciating in real estate value consistently.
Three Communities Nationwide Awarded Funding for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Community Outreach and Education
For the second year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association(NRPA) and Southwest Airlines® are proud to partner on a Community Outreach and Education Grant program to help fund green stormwater infrastructure projects in underserved, low-income communities across the United States.
More than 1,850 community-development professionals to attend NeighborWorks Training Institute, boosting local economy by...
Kansas City, MO — An estimated $4.2 million boost is coming to the Kansas City economy when community-development professionals from around the country convene...
IRVINE, Calif., May 7, 2018—CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced an agreement with Homes.com to offer...
Next Generation of Real Estate Standards to Streamline Industry Highlights 3-Days in Denver Denver, CO – May 2, 2018 – At its sold-out Spring Technology...
Becoming successful in real estate is one of the best ways to build a fortune and establish an income stream that will keep paying off for years to come. Unfortunately, you can't just wake up one day and decide you want to be a real estate agent, broker, or investor
The TransAmerica Pyramid used to be the tallest building of the Bay City, but the recently inaugurated SalesForce Tower has stolen its title, with its 61-stories and 1,070 feet. This project is only the beginning of a series of infrastructural plans set out to revamp San Francisco’s skyline in the years to come.
Everyone should have access to safe, affordable housing. It’s crucial for children to grow up healthy, for parents to pursue work and education, and for families and individuals to achieve economic security. Though greatly underfunded, federal housing assistance programs help millions of low-income people throughout the country keep roofs over their head each month.
On Wednesday, May 2, at approximately 8:45 a.m. ET, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), NAACP, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Urban League, and other national civil rights organizations will convene in Washington, D.C., to host a symposium honoring the 50th year of the Fair Housing Act
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the selection of Joel Baxley as Rural Housing Service Administrator. Baxley has built a long career in housing finance and real estate issues.