October 30th, 2015
I recently bought a home in NJ that had been on the market for nearly two years. That is a long time for any home to sit idle on the market which was beginning to detract potential buyers from even looking at it. Well, the price continued to fall and after losing nearly $20,000 off the original asking price I snatched it up despite knowing what I would most likely find once I was able to get into the house itself. It was a mess! The first thing I did was replace the shower doors in essex county nj because someone had shattered the original ones – ugh!
When a home is left to sit so long on the market without any appropriate security like this one had, you’re going to find a mess. The original owners had died so the bank was selling it off. The bank really didn’t seem to care about the potential value of the property or the property itself. It was something that they had left in the hands of the Realtor who was as shady as they come. The home had been allowed to rot away becoming a victim to vandalism and a home for squatters.
Those are the sort of homes that I target, however. It means that I can get them for cheap! I can easily do some cost effective renovation projects on the home and still come out ahead after I sell them through my own Realtor. Which is exactly what I did on this new place in Essex County NJ – the selling point was the incredible waterfall shower that I had built to replace the previously ruined shower. With an all glass enclosure, heated stone walls and floor, it was nearly enough to make me want to keep it myself.
September 22nd, 2015
My parents are getting older. They still think they are as they were in their prime. I like it that they still see themselves as youthful, but the reality is that they have slowed a bit even in the last five or so years. This and their nice home makes them targets of those who would like to prey on them. I finally convinced them to get ADT to come out and secure the house. Then I set about teaching them the value of not forgetting to arm the system. An addition we added was turning their bedroom into a safe room. The door is pretty much impenetrable even though it looks quite like a regular door. It can withstand sledge hammers and axes.
My goal was to make sure they were protected until the police got there if there ever was a need. They grew up in an era where they did not lock their doors or windows. Then, as the years went by, they saw the value in securing the home on a routine basis. We discussed misdirection used by thieves and con artists. Read the rest of this entry »
January 30th, 2015
When my parents asked me to take over the family business, I was not too surprised. I had been working in the office with them even before I graduated from school, so it just seemed natural that I would soon take over. They wanted to travel and explore the world before they hit their golden years, so they gave me the reins of the company. The first thing I did was look at an email I received not that long ago. It was an advertisement that invited me to view website for more information.
The reason I wanted to do this is because it was a website for an estate agent. My family has purchased office buildings and flats for the last 30 years, and we have rented or leased all of them out. Read the rest of this entry »
August 20th, 2012
With new developments in modern agriculture and vast areas of land being developed throughout the world, keeping our soil and building up the ground in watershed areas has never been more important. In order to properly develop the land, we must use what we have learned in the past and apply it to what we are doing now. If we do not learn, we are destined to repeat the hard earned mistakes others have suffered.
When using heavy machinery, the soil becomes compacted and vegetation is removed. These soils cannot absorb water and causes large amounts of runoff. This leads to flooding in areas where flooding was never a problem. It also leads to acidification in the soil.
The way to fix this problem is with vegetation. Even small scattered areas within a developed area. Without vegetation, the future use of the land and its impact on the surrounding lands is in question. The best soil is created by microorganisms and plant roots which are a vital part of the ecosystem. Read the rest of this entry »
August 20th, 2012
Technology in land development is responsible for keeping growth possible in a struggling economy. Undeveloped land can have retail operations up and running in months from the time the first tree is removed. Heavy equipment working along with surveyors using GPS technology can lay out a plan for every hill and flat space on a building site much quicker than if the Global Positioning System satellites were not in place. The equipment itself can now tell exactly where it is at. Following blueprints to dig a spot down to the inch of where it needs to be is easier now.
Technology makes it easier to get big cranes into city centers to build buildings straight up around the cranes that lift everything into place. Read the rest of this entry »