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By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Pheromones are mysterious little chemical sensors that are supposed to have a lot to do with whether or not we are attracted to people. They may also play a big part in the way people react to houses.If you have a house on the market, it will be important to ensure that the pheromone factor is as...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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The sense of smell is a powerful motivator. When prospective buyers walk into a house, they respond more positively if they smell freshly baking oatmeal cookies instead of the lingering odor of a household pet. As the homeowner, you may not notice odors that visitors are aware of as soon as they ...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Your agent calls to say he is bringing prospective buyers to see your home at 2:00 p.m. You quickly straighten up the house and run the dishwasher. What should you do then? If you have to let them into the house--then take a drive or walk the dog!Many owners think they should linger close by whil...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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If you are selling your home and it has been on the market for several months, you might start to wonder why it just isn't moving. How can you introduce some extra energy into the sale?The first thing you should do is have a frank talk with your real estate agent in order to get feedback from pro...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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A growing number of home owners are equipping their residences with more than one laundry area, and some have gone so far as to include washing machines and dryers in the closet of each bedroom. Multiple laundry rooms are convenient for owners of spacious dwellings and aging baby boomers who woul...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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A cooling housing market gives buyers, especially first-time buyers, more opportunities to snatch up a good deal. But just because there are good deals, doesn't always mean buyers are ready to make the leap.These six tips will help prospective buyers find out if they are ready for homeownership. ...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Molten Chocolate Cake (serves 6) 2 sticks unsalted butterVegetable spray1 tbsp plus 1 tsp cake flour (plus more for dusting)1/2 lb. high-quality, bittersweet chocolate, chopped1/2 cup sugar4 large whole eggs4 large egg yolksPowder sugar for dustingPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Using vegetable spra...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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"Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it." -- Rene Descartes, philosopherThe world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when i...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that there are specific guidelines to be followed when deducting travel, entertainment and gift expenses.In order to educate taxpayers regarding their filing obligations, this fact sheet, the eighth in a series, explains the rules for deducting these...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Illinois homeownership at 70.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. U.S. homeownership rate reached 68.9 percent in the fourth quarter. Regionally, the homeownership rate was 73 percent in the Midwest, 70.8 percent in the South, 65.3 percent in the Northeast...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Every city and county has zoning laws that define and restrict how property owners can use the land. The purpose of zoning regulations is to establish development standards and to ensure that the land is used for the common good. There are restrictions on both the type of structures you can build...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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When you are selecting land on which to build your new home, be certain to investigate the zoning for that particular area. You might fall in love with rural acreage that just happens to be zoned for agricultural or recreational purposes. Since zoning uses are not interchangeable, you would need ...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Obtaining the proper permits when remodeling can be a critical element in the process. Many homeowners are unaware of the local building codes and zoning laws governing renovations. Disregarding these laws may result in fines, and in some cases you may even be asked to demolish the work that has ...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Many states require the seller of a home to fill out a real estate disclosure statement when transferring the title. The disclosure is designed to reveal any material defects in the home to the new owner. When buying a home, take the time to read the fine print of the disclosure form. Look for a ...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Zoning classifications are the most important tool that a local government has to control the way land is used in a community. Areas designated as residential may have further controls on housing density for single family homes, townhouses or multiple-family houses. There are usually areas set as...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Every property has some kind of easement--utility, water and sewer or driveway easements which give access to landlocked parcels. As a property owner, you may be affected by easements at some point.The easement in gross is the most common type of easement used by public utilities. These easements...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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The ideal piece of land cannot be purchased without due diligence. Say you notice a lot for sale in a suburban area that looks like a perfect place to build your dream home. Buying undeveloped land can provide an opportunity to build a house that will meet your needs, but you will need certain in...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Are you planning to build your dream home? Once you are pre-approved for a loan and have found a professional real estate agent you trust, you are ready to start looking for the perfect lot. Compare the qualities of several target neighborhoods by looking at schools, shopping, recreation and zoni...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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Ingredients 2 cups white rice3 tbsp. soy sauce3/4 lb small peeled and cooked shrimp4 minced garlic cloves1/4 lb fresh sliced okra1 green chopped pepper1 (15 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes1 medium chopped onion2 tbsp. oilsalt and pepper for tastePrepare all the vegetables by washing and chopping th...

By John Hruska
(Homes Charlotte, LLC)
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In December 2005, the village of Oswego commissioned BCA to provide architectural design services to a new village hall in Oswego, Illinois. The building program includes the following departments: administration, finance, community development, building and zoning, village clerk and public works...

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