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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Page 12 1985 THE REAL ESTATE NEWS Builders are not the ones to blame for rising ceiling of house prices NEW YORK AP A glance at a chart of housing costs seem ingly reveals the extraordinary story of why a house priced at in 1949 cost more than seven times that or in Almost as a some peo ple put all the blame on the but the facts usually do not support the The real the statistics and charts have been the sharp rises in the price of land and the cost of the former accounting for 24 percent of costs and the latter 15 Back in 1949 those components were only a fraction of what they are Land made up 11 per cent of the price of the typical new singlefamily financ ing just 5 Overhead and the two components for which the builder alone is varied little over the 23year the percentage being 15 in 17 in 1969 and 16 in And it the story is told except that it is says Clyde a former Connec ticut builder who retired in Santa Somewhere in those percen tages perhaps in the land category there is the infla tionary impact of the do politicians and entren ched public The environmen politicians and entrenched officials most of whom already own houses of their own find the builder easy he explaining that they find popular support of the idea that if the builder wants to he has to He lists these as some of the or set up during this period that inevitably add to housing costs Permits to support bureaucratic building depart ments fees to mid longterm planning depart ments money to design review departments unrealistic inspec tions funds for group studies of compliance with energy regula tions and costly and time consuming environmental The politicians and entrenched officials the builder easy CARTER Retired builder Evaluating A Home and You may have fallen in love with your dream home but dont forget that there is more to a home than meets the Here are some tips on how to evaluate the condition of the home and thus prevent the need for exten sive repairs in the Exterior Checklist Front and rear Check the lot after a rain The yard should be graded so that there are no serious drainage pro You should be comfor table with the size of the yard and the landscaping steps and These should be relatively free of missing stones or Check the condition and grading of the Puddles of water can damage the concrete or blacktop of the Exterior siding Is the siding paint in good condition Roof and Is the roof in good shape Any evidence of missing shingles could mean a new roof is Do the gut ters leak Are they properly at tached to the house Are the gut ters debrisfree and do the spouts allow for adequate drainage Are there any gaps or craks in the foundation Interior Checklist Room All rooms should be large enough for your fur Is closet space adequate Are there enough electrical outlets Check the operation of all appliances that will convey with the Run the microwave and test Doors and Open and close all doors and Does the house include storm windows Screens Are doors and windows properly weatherstripped Turn on all faucets on hot and Run the Flush Electrical Is there an adequate number of electrical outlets In the bath In the kit chen Are there plenty of cabinets and storage space Is the floor easy to care for Is there enough counterspace Are countertops in good conditon Basement and crawl Check for water marks along the walls and floors that would in dicate a wet Is there a musty smell or is there evidence of mildew Does the crawl space have a vapor barrier covering the ground Is it ventilated HVAC Systems Water In older pipes should copper rather than Some newer homes may have copper or polybutylene water pipes with PCV drainage Hot water Is the capacity the recommended 40 gallons for gas and 80 gallons for electric Is the water pressure good Has the furnace been checked recently Is it in good condition Are heating pipes and ductwork well insulated Air If the house does not have central air conditioning do the air condition ing units convey Is the cooling capacity adequate Is the air con ditioning unit or system in good condition The house should have copper and not aluminum wiring and the wiring should be UL Does the home have enough circuits and adequate voltage These are a few of the things to look for when you are seriously considering buying a It is also a good idea to pay a profes sional home inspector for a hand written report on the condition of the An inspector can many times detect defects that could reduce the price of the home so it is worth the at you wont have any unexpected REAL ESTATE SALES THE CAREER FOR WOMEN OF TODAY CQVLD THIS BE YOV She is a Professional a Self She has the best of both Her career in real estate sales gives her the opportunity to grow and she has the Independence to set her own schedule with the flexibility for those times when only Mom will If you would like all these advantages and unlimited financial look Mo real estate Off our 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