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Austin continues to show up on these reports as one of the bright and shinning stars in the US economy. This article in BusinessWeek is just one of MANY recent articles written about how well Austin continues to do in these uncertain times. There are always some businesses and some cities that are designed to weather the storm...read: Austin is one such place. Number 2 on this list.
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Being able to spot the differences between flooring materials is not always as easy as it sounds. Just looking at a picture of a room is not enough and sometimes walking on the floor is not enough to tell the difference either. Now, this was not always true and there are some floors that you can tell immediately that they are inexpensive laminate floors, but not all laminate floors are inexpensive these days and not all hardwood floors are solid wood.
Let's start with the basics. Hardwood. A solid hardwood floor plank is made from a single piece of wood. It is cut to a size, sanded and a manufacturer's edge of some description is added to the edges so that pieces can fit together (this board has a tongue and grove edge). The edges may be unique to the manufacturer, but are not unique to solid hardwoods. What makes this material unique is the thickness of the solid wood section. Solid hardwood is thick and lends itself to being sanded and refinished multiple times--depending upo…
My contact and experience with management companies is fairly extensive--both as a home owner/investor and in my experience as a Realtor with many different management companies in condo associations and single family communities alike. What I have seen over the years is that management companies have the tendency to become complacent with time and then become unresponsive and ultimately become very arrogant about their (paid) role in the management of the affairs of a Home Owners Association (HOA). Sad, but true and this seems to be a predictable truth.
Not only have I seen management companies that will not return phone calls or answer questions, but I have seen Management Company Representatives in annual meetings tell the home owners what they could and could not do in their association and treat home owners as if they were unruly children under the parental care of the management company. Well, I am here to tell you the Home Owner…