Frat house … just whisper those two little words and watch the neighbours cringe. For many, the mere idea of having a group of university students sharing a home on their street conjures up images of John Belushi’s wild and crazy antics at Delta Tau Chi in the classic 1978 comedy Animal House.
But have no fear, condo developers are doing their best to put drunken toga parties on the back burner. Judging by the new offerings, student living has gone upscale as brand new mid-rise and high-rise buildings sprout up in university towns. Not only are the suites furnished but the amenity spaces boast fitness studios, outdoor lounges and catering kitchens on par with condo buildings typically built for these kids’ parents and grandparents. To boot, investors can snap up a suite or two and then hand them over to a management company that will secure the tenants and cater to their every need.
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(Constance Brinkley-Badgett/Credit.com) — It was bound to happen. Pokémon Go, the wildly popular augmented reality game launched less than a month ago, has already been used by bars and restaurants to attract additional business, so why not use it to sell real estate? It turns out folks looking to rent or sell houses and apartments are featuring the game in their real estate ads.
Numerous listings have been popping up across North America on everything from Craigslist posts seeking roommates, to house listings by owners and real estate agents looking for a competitive edge. The listings prominently feature the property’s proximity to Pokémon Gyms and Pokéstops, two critical elements for successfully playing the game.
Of all the problems you can encounter around the house, roofing problems are by far the sneakiest. Leaks can develop unnoticed for years causing rot, mold, warping and other expensive damage.
Experts recommend that you go into your attic or crawlspace at least once a year after a rainstorm to check for leaks and water damage. Special attention should be paid to areas where you have flashing (the metal or plastic weather stripping that will be around chimneys, pipes, vents, roof planes and eves) because this is typically the most likely area to develop leaks. It is also recommended that you visit the surface of your roof yearly – during good weather – to look for any loose, missing, eroded, warped or otherwise damaged shingles and to check the overall condition of your roof.