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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, January 6, 2011 Conservation Real estate/investing; the benefits of buying Trees booklet new tract homes vs. pre-owned homes This excerpt is from the recently released bookThe Flip." The True Life Story of How a Successful New Tract Home Investor Went from Zero to Hero, Back to Zero. The author is available for interviews. Website: http://th e fl i p. tv/c u sto in Book Trailers: http://www.DigitalRealmProduct ml The Benefits of Buying New Tract Homes vs. Pre-Owned Homes by D. Sidney Potter Unfortunately, one of the still has that new car smell to it. Other negatives of pre-owned homes include the following: mold issues, termite infestation, hard to detect structural damage, and cracked foundation or slabs. It would be very rare for the latter issues to arise in a brand new tract home. These are only a exposed to substantial amounts of water on its surface. Fortunately, the customer service department of Ryland Homes, being the outstanding professionals they are, responded quickly and were out there the next day to begin a ten- day cleanup and remediation of few of the problems that may the damages. An outside inherent problems of buying pre- occur with pre-owned homes company that specializes in owned homes is not knowing since there may be many more. mold detection and removal was exactly what you're buying. No One such example of the brou.ght in to remediate and matter how good the inspector beauty of newness and the repair. Ultimately, the test came was that you hired to inspect the benefitof having a home back negative, which meant home before you bought it as an warranty provided by the builder there was no mold damage. This investment, the chances of a was a new tract home I bought costly defect is always an omin- from Ryland Homes. This ous occurrence waiting to hap- particular home had been the pen. However, when completing third home I had bought from the purchase of a new tract Ryland; the second home home, even though the home incidentally was one door down, may have a defect or two, the which I had bought at the same outcome was very critical since I had essentially pre-sold the home before I'd even closed it. Upon disclosing the potential mold damage to the prospective buyers-who eventually bought the property-there was a moment defect is correctable most of the time, if not all the time. This is accomplished through the built- in home warranty that comes with a home upon its purchase. More often than not, national, regional, and local builders have some type of warranty that cov- ers even the smallest of defects, such as cracked tile, masonry work, squeaky floor boards, and caulking issues, or major issues, such as pipe leaks, roof pro- blems, foundation cracks, and other structural issues. Structural issues may include a ten-year warranty to cover costs related to the defect. Generally war- ranties are defined as standard and structural, as most major homebuilders provide these warranties, such as KB Homes, Centex, and Pulte Homes. And yet, despite the coverage that most warranties will provide for a pre-owned or available The Arbor Day Foundation's recently updated Conservation Trees booklet is now available for only a $3 donation to the non- profit tree-planting organization. Conservation Trees is de- signed to help people plant and care for trees, and features illustrations, colorful photos and easy-to-follow text. "Trees help us conserve energy, are good for the soil, and clean the air we breathe and drinking water for millions of Americans. That's why it is so important to properly plant new trees and care for the ones we already have." Included in the Conservation Trees booklet are tips on how to use shade trees and windbreaks to save on energy costs, attract songbirds, create a living snow fence, and to learn how to plant time. Long story short, I had just of dread, or rather a couple of the right tree in the right place. closed the home the day before, went out the next day to pick up the keys from the sales office in Moreno Valley, and proceeded to go to the brand new home. Upon proceeding through the front door, I was hit with a foul smell that was reminiscent of stagnant water and light sewage. Walking farther into the family room and days worth of dread, as a result of not knowing the extent of the damages and how it would affect the agreed upon sales price. It can be surmised that if it was not for the reliability and responsiveness of the builder's warranty and customer service department, the outcome may have not been so positive. Even then into the living room, I so, I netted $57,000 on this noticed two things that gave me transaction, not to mention immediate alarm. First, there $64,000 on the other home one In addition, the booklet also details the right way to plant and prune trees. To receive the Conservation Trees booklet, send a $3 check along with your name and address to: Conservation "Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave Nebraska City, NE 68410, or order online at ees. was a leak coming from the first floor ceiling as I looked up, straight onto the carpet below. Second, I determined if there was a leak coming from the ceiling, that meant there was damage on the second floor, and if that was the case, it was likely from a burst pipe emanating from the master bathroom. Going upstairs, my worst fears were realized. From the door down. I also had the pleasure of making two first time home buyers very happy. The people who bought the home were actually two sisters, both single mothers in their mid- forties who were moving from the Los Angeles area into Riverside County. This was the classic story of people moving into suburbia because of the high cost of housing in Log Angeles. resell home, such as the corner of the room that abutted One of the sisters actually warranty you can buy for $350 the master bathroom, a huge worked only three blocks away to $450 from Fidelity or Old at the local high school. Her three-by-three-foot section of Republic, nothing beats the wall in the master bedroom had comfurt of acquiring a newbegun to essentially melt away. home that has that bumper-to- This unsightly scene occurs bumper warranty coverage and when gypsum stone or drywall is Celebration Center Ministries presents Deliverance.Jan. 3-8 sixty-five mile daily commute had just been reduced to three blocks. Another happy customer and another closed transaction. A VDOT Tip for Driving in Snowy Weather Don't abandon your ve- hicle unless it's absolute- ly necessary. However, ff you must, leave it as far off the roadway as pos- sible. Abandoned cars can greatly hamper snow-removal opera- tions. The AKC* reminds parents to teach their children how to behave around dogs. Children who learn to treat a dog with care and respect will be safer and more confident around thmr cardnepals. For more information about safety around dogs, visit: www.akc,org. The Celebration Center Mi- nistries, Broad Street, St. Paul, will present Deliverance Revi- val-Crusade to demonstrate that God loves everyone, no matter who they are, on Monday through Saturday, January 3 through 8. D. J. Couch and Shawn Dupuie will bring the Word of God in these services. Also included are Ann Finch, Marcus and Amelia Johnson, Heads of Praise, Second Coming, God's Children and more. All are invited to bring their troubles, vices and problems to thins event where they will see power of the awe3some God deliver them. For more information, call 276-701-1944 or 276-762-0428. Adult Educ= onnel by Karen Gent The U.S. Department of to prepare adults for college and Education Office of Vocational 21s' century careers. They hope and Adult Education (OVAE) to create stronger 'links to the stated in a December 2, 2010 publication that it is committed to supporting rigorous programs of study that prepare young people for college and careers through postsecondary credent- ials completion. The OVAE serves 93 million adults in the U.S whose basic or below-basic literacy levels limit their career opportunities. In addition, the OVAE seeks to improve, the capacity of community colleges to meet today's education and labor market demands. In order to reach these ends, the OVAE has developed three important goals for 2011-12. The first goal is that all youths and adults are ready for, have access to, and complete college and career pathways. The sec- ond goal is that all youths and adult students have effective teachers and leaders, and the third goal is that all youths and adult students have equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities on demand. The OVAE says it is parti- cularly supportive of rigorous, relevant programs of study that span the secondary and pos~sec- ondary systems and that apply classroom-based instruction and work-based learning to meet academic, employability, and technical industry standards. This approach relies on part- nerships among K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and employers. The OVAE is also. com- mitted to strengthening the adult education system in order workforce system, require col- lege- and career-ready stand- ards, and increase employer engagement in career pathway models. Improving teacher quality and effectiveness is a priority. They also support in- novation in adult education, especially through college and career pathways. One way Southwest Re- .gional Adult Education (SRAE) Is actively embracing these goals is through the imple- mentation of Pluggedln VA, innovative program that tran- sition adult students to college and/or the workforce. Ongoing and developing partnerships with local community colleges have been key factors in the success of these new programs. SRAE is making colic and career readiness, caree path- ways, teacher quality, and ac- cess top priorities. As 2011 begins, take time to reflect, set goals, and plan for your future. If you didn't finish high school and you are inter- ested in improving your eco- nomic status, finding a better paying job, furthering your edu- cation, or simply feeling more confident about yourself, there is good news for you. You can earn your GED certificate and be on your way to a more promising future. 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