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September 2017

Found 3 blog entries for September 2017.

Protect Renters From Scammers RentHop, an online rental listing platform, conducted a study that unveiled the most common rental scams and how to avoid them. Here are some warning signs and tips to be on the lookout for:

1. Money wiring: If potential renters are ever asked to wire funds via Western Union or Money Gram or through an “escrow service” before they’ve even seen the property, then the apartment probably doesn't exist. RentHop, which processes thousands of messages between renters and owners each day, says they’ve never seen an instance where one of these payment methods is preferred by the property owner or manager.

2. Asking for any money before seeing the rental: Scammers love to take advantage of customers who are in a state of urgency. Someone who has to move

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Net-zero construction is growing rapidly: In 2016, 33 percent more net-zero units were built across the United States and Canada than in the previous year. In total, that's 8,023 new single-family and multifamily net-zero units added to the pipeline in one year.

Net-zero homes are structures that produce at least as much energy as they consume. More builders are experimenting with net-zero construction; prominent examples include a big suburban development in Austin called Whisper Valley, an elementary school in Staten Island, N.Y., and a new Cornell campus dormitory in New York.

Builders are also increasing the scale of such projects. Sixty-one percent of the net-zero buildings built in 2016 were part of larger multiunit projects. The largest

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Help your clients give the illusion of a perfectly manicured yard with these easy steps for sprucing up greenery from HouseLogic.

Create accents with rocks. They don’t require the same level of care, water, and sunlight that grass and plants do. Rocks are good tools for forming pathways, adding design elements, or creating dry creek beds. Spots in the yard that collect water can be kept under control with rocks, which aid water runoff.

Use colorful objects instead of flowers. Benches, birdbaths, pots, and chairs can all be used to add color to your landscape without planting flowers, which require regular maintenance. Try adding a couple of yellow ceramic flower pots—without the flowers—for decoration.

Have a rain garden. Turn that mushy chunk of yard

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