Wood Posts for wood fences

| Jason Burns

Attention Homeowners:  Before you have a fence company start to estimate a new fence and gate, do this.  At least for a minimum, make sure to have them use wood that is treated (pressure treated) that will be embedded into the soil or into concrete. A wood fence (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Many wood fence built […]

Attention Homeowners:  Before you have a fence company start to estimate a new fence and gate, do this.  At least for a minimum, make sure to have them use wood that is treated (pressure treated) that will be embedded into the soil or into concrete.

A wood fence
A wood fence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many wood fence built in older homes have used standard wood that has not been treated to resist moisture and pest or insects.  When a home is built, pressure treated wood is used for the sill plate at the base of the wall, which sits directly on the concrete.  The same concept should be used outdoors for fence so the fence would last longer.

The minimum is to at least have all posts that are embedded into the soil or into the concrete to be pressure treated.  This will help keep the fence structure base and the rest of the fence hold up through rain, sprinklers, watering the lawn, or wood eating insects or pests. It is worth it to pay a little extra, at least for the posts, to keep your fence several more years.

Another thing, is that wood expands and contracts.  When it is hot it dries up and expands. If the wood wasn’t cured properly or it has so much moisture when installed, it could expand at the gate area.  Sometimes the gate will not close. The fence contractor should allow space for movement.

What restaurant is opening soon in NW Fresno?

| Jason Burns

Are You Hungry? This restaurant is just less than 5 minutes east from state route 99 and minutes west from highway 41 on W. Shaw Avenue in Fresno. It will be the second one in Fresno. The building,  exterior landscaping, and the parking lot seem to be complete.  All the exterior signage is up and […]

Are You Hungry?

This restaurant is just less than 5 minutes east from state route 99 and minutes west from highway 41 on W. Shaw Avenue in Fresno. It will be the second one in Fresno.

The building,  exterior landscaping, and the parking lot seem to be complete.  All the exterior signage is up and multiple paint colors are on the exterior of the building.  The canvas awnings above the windows has an enlarged logo of the restaurant on it.  The exterior of the building utilizes different type of materials as exterior veneers.  It gives it a new modern look and nice appeal.  It may be that the kitchen and dining rooms must be having their equipment installed and checked and tested soon for a final go.  The interior fixtures, seating, finishing touches on the interior finishes, interior signage, and furniture must be about ready as well.  This is located at a corner, with the front entry, adjacent to a bus stop.  There are 2 driveway access: 1 each at Shaw and at Marty – Avenues.

During this late hot spring day, the picture of the restaurant was taken; a few days shy of summer 2014.  The national brand restaurant with a red hot fruit on the logo.  (Who would of thought that fruits are hot and spicy?)  Opening soon on the south east corner of W Shaw and Marty Avenues.  Actual address is 3585 W. Shaw Ave. in Fresno.    

 

 

 

 

 

A red hot logo restaurant is opening soon on a hot summer day.

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Second Chili’s restaurant opening soon in Fresno.

 

 

Are you interested in remodeling – what is the cost vs value?

| Jason Burns

Interior View (Photo credit: Jeremy Levine Design) According to REMODELING MAGAZINE, the cost vs value can be found in the Fresno Area as compiled in the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value report (www.costvsvalue.com).   In addition, this report identifies several items separating 2 different project types; Midrange projects and Upscale projects.  In this report, the Pacific region […]

Interior View
Interior View (Photo credit: Jeremy Levine Design)

According to REMODELING MAGAZINE, the cost vs value can be found in the Fresno Area as compiled in the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value report (www.costvsvalue.com).  

In addition, this report identifies several items separating 2 different project types; Midrange projects and Upscale projects.  In this report, the Pacific region and Fresno region is compared.  In general, the midrange project had a higher return on investment as compared to the upscale project of the same type. In this post, the basement project will be omitted in this review.

So the top 5 projects indicated in the midrange section in recouping costs are as follows:  1] Window Replacement (wood) 106.7%, 2] Roofing Replacement 103.5%, 3] Siding Replacement 103%,  4] Window Replacement (vinyl) 99.4%, and 5] Garage Door Replacement 98%.

And the top 5 projects indicated in the upscale section in recouping costs are as follows:  1] Window Replacement (wood) 98.4%, 2] Siding Replacement (foam backed vinyl) 98.2%,  3] Garage Door Replacement 98.2%,  4] Siding Replacement (fiber cement) 97.4%, and 5] Roofing Replacement 90.1%.

According to this report, the Major Kitchen Remodel came in 83.6% in the midrange section and at 73% in the upscale section.  The Minor Kitchen Remodel came in at 93.1% in the midrange section.  There is no minor kitchen remodel in the upscale section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let’s see how many homes were bought in cash

| Jason Burns

According to DataQuick, the number of homes bought with No Mortgage Financing has increased. A 2012 record posts a total of 145,797 condos and houses bought without mortgage finances. In 2011 it was 125,812 homes with cash sales, and in 2007 it was a low cash sales of 39,731. DataQuick also reported the median amount that […]

According to DataQuick, the number of homes bought with No Mortgage Financing has increased. A 2012 record posts a total of 145,797 condos and houses bought without mortgage finances. In 2011 it was 125,812 homes with cash sales, and in 2007 it was a low cash sales of 39,731.

DataQuick also reported the median amount that cash buyers paid.  In 2012, cash buyers paid a median of $205,000 which is up 17.1 percent from $175,000 in 2011. The median amount that were financed with a mortgage is up 10.5 percent.  The median is $305,000 in 2012, and $276,000 in 2011.

The number of homes bought with no mortgage financing are as follows, per DataQuick:

Southern California:  64,892 in 2011; 77,971 in 2012; up 20.2%

Bay Area:  22,292 in 2011; 26,246 in 2012; up 17.7%

Coast:  3,525 in 2011; 4,235 in 2012; up 20.1%

Central Valley:  30,004 in 2011; 31,649 in 2012; up 5.5%

 

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IS A NEW SHOPPING CENTER BEING BUILT NEAR YOU?

| Jason Burns

If the answer is YES, Look at the benefits just being 5 minutes or less from your home if you typically drive 20 to 30 minutes through traffic signals and indecisive drivers switching from lane 3 to lane 1 in 2 seconds. You don’t need to drive through all the traffic that you would normally go […]

If the answer is YES, Look at the benefits just being 5 minutes or less from your home if you typically drive 20 to 30 minutes through traffic signals and indecisive drivers switching from lane 3 to lane 1 in 2 seconds. You don’t need to drive through all the traffic that you would normally go through.  You would save time shopping, save on gas for traveling less, and enjoy the same experience that you would in a similar shopping center.  It is smaller than the Larger Regional upper scale areas, but you don’t drive there everyday anyway (unless you work there or it is in en route to your work).  Now you could pick up what you need in less time.

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The other benefits include bringing new jobs to the area, new improvements and widening of the roads and additional infrastructure improvements. The view is no longer a vacant land of dried weed or piles of dirt. Additional lighting in the area make it safer.  Traffic signals make it easier for controlling the flow of traffic and you don’t have to wait to turn after all the cars pass; just turn when the light is green.

Now the area is ready for more residential growth as well as a gradual incline in home values. The next step is to find out what your home value is. Contact Jason J. Burns, Realty World Real Estate Professionals, (559) 930-9989, jasonjburns@yahoo.com.

 

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