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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Career Opportunity

Realtor (Montgomery)

Recently voted one of "America's Top 10 Workplaces," Keller Williams is now the #1 real estate brokerage in the United States. With state-of-the-art training resources and mentoring programs for new agents and gorgeous office space and industry-leading commission splits for experienced agents, KW has become THE place for new and experienced agents who want to make a lot of money and have fun doing it.


Advantages of a career at KW:
• Make a six-figure income
• Flexible schedule
• Friendly, team atmosphere
• No bosses or mandatory meetings
• Free training and support (no previous experience necessary)

We're looking for people who are:
• Fun to be around
• Willing to work hard and learn new skills
• Comfortable with technology
  • Location: Montgomery
  • Compensation: Commission
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • Phone calls about this job are ok.
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

How to Distress Furniture

What’s old is chic again. Follow these step-by-instructions for achieving a distressed look on furniture.
In our grandmothers' day, if a piece of furniture or a picture frame was distressed, it meant it had been around for generations and most of the paint had worn off in areas that had been rubbed by hands or nicked by being moved too many times. Today, the distressed look is sought-after, and it can add character and style to many types of decor.
Surprisingly, the process is relatively simple. The first step is to determine what you'd like the finished piece to look like. If below the distressed areas you'd like to see an old paint color, as if the piece has been painted many times over, you'll need to paint two colors. Consider a brighter color for the base coat so it shows up well as it peeks through the top coat. If you want the rubbed-off areas to reveal bare wood, the technique requires only one coat.
You also need to decide whether to add a stain to it afterward, which will mute or age the color(s) you've selected. To retain the integrity of your color choice, you may just want to paint clear polyurethane over the finished project. A water-based polyurethane that won't yellow over time is a good choice.
Ready to distress for success? Here's what to do:
Materials and Tools:
object to be distressed (wooden frame, piece of furniture, etc.)
satin latex paint for the base coat
satin latex paint or a wood stain for the top coat
painting tools
medium-grade steel wool
tack cloth
polyurethane to finish (optional)
1. Lightly sand the object you want to distress. If the object already has a finish (previously painted or varnished), sand all surfaces well. After the sanding, wipe the piece with a tack cloth.
2. Paint the entire piece in the base coat color you've selected.
3. For the bare-wood look: When the base coat is dry, start sanding off areas that would naturally end up distressed — places where hands would have held it, or corners that could easily get nicked. For the color look: Rub candle wax on the areas where you'd like to see color show through. Don't forget to do the sides and back; you want the entire piece to be finished. Then apply the top coat.
4. For the bare-wood look: Be sure to stop before you go too crazy with the sanding, and then wipe the entire piece with the tack cloth. For the color look: Paint over the base coat and the wax. Cover everything well. After the paint dries, rub the steel wool over the areas you've waxed. (The steel wool won't harm the rest of the paint enough to worry about — remember, the piece is meant to be distressed, so use it to find the waxed areas.) Wipe off the piece with the tack cloth.
5. Apply a finish if desired.
(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service,

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Questions to Ask a Home Inspector

Smart Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

What does your inspection cover?
The inspector should ensure that the inspection and report will meet all applicable requirements in your state and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics.
How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?
The inspector should be able to provide his or her history in the profession and perhaps even a few names as referrals.
Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?
Related experience in construction or engineering is helpful, but is no substitute for training and experience in the unique discipline of home inspection.
How long will the inspection take?
The average on-site inspection time for a single inspector is two to three hours for a typical single- family house; anything signifi- cantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection.
How much will it cost?
Costs vary dramatically, depending on the region, size and age of the house, scope of services and other factors. A typical range might be $300-$500, but consider the value of the home inspection in terms of the investment being made.
What type of inspection report do you provide and how long will it take to receive the report?
Ask to see samples and determine whether or not you can understand the inspector’s reporting style and if the time parameters fulfill your needs.
Will I be able to attend the inspection?
This is a valuable educational opportunity, and an inspector’s refusal to allow this should raise a red flag. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of an expert.
Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?
One can never know it all, and the inspector’s commitment to continuing education is a good measure of his or her profes- sionalism and service to the consumer.
Contact us if you would like our Home inspector checklist you can have all your home inspection candidates fill out before you agree to hire them.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

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