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Nowadays most people like to be informed.  Buying a house is a nerve-wracking time, and you want to make sure you know as much about your future home as possible.  At the end of the day, this is why you find need that Top Notch Home Inspector (and why you’re here at Red Flag Home Inspection).  So, you have your sights on a house and you are taking a deeper dive into the history of the house.  Here are some resources that can help you along in that journey.

  1. Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or Ask Your Realtor

The MLS is a backend database that real estate agents use to create (and share with prospective buyers) the house(s) you are interested in purchasing.  If you are curious, you can learn more about the MLS with a quick google search.  This database, unfortunately, is not available to the public but your chosen Real Estate professional certainly can gain access to get you the prior listing records.  There you can review the square footage, the wallpaper, the carpet in the bathroom, etc.  You may actually get a glimpse into what the house looked like before they knocked out some walls and opened it up.  Some have had success finding former listing data from Estately, Compass, or Moveto as well.

  1. Evacuation Zone and/or Flood Zone

In Florida, knowing which evacuation zone a house is located in is a must.  Florida Disaster has an interactive map where you can put in your address and zoom in/out to see the zone you are in.  Your designated evacuation route should be researched and posted somewhere in your home.

Flooding causes more damage in the United States than any other severe weather-related event.  To check your new home’s susceptibility to flooding, you can check FEMA’s interactive map.  Those located within a designated Flood Zone will be required to secure Flood insurance if they carry a mortgage on the home.  Even if not located within a designated flood zone, you may want to consider getting this insurance coverage.  A handy tool I found when preparing for this article can be found HERE.   This site will assess your “Flood Factor” and report on the likelihood of you encountering a flood within various timespans you designate.  It will also tell you the likelihood of your neighborhood, zip code, city, or county having a flood event.

  1. Foreclosures and Distressed Property Search

Foreclosure sales can bring down the average sales price in a given area, and the presence of bank-owned or foreclosed properties may develop into a neighborhood eyesore.  You can try to get ahead of this by researching distressed and foreclosure properties at Realtytrac. The site is just as easy as using Zillow or google. You just type in the city or street and see what listings pop up. You have the ability to filter by pre-foreclosure, auction, bank owned, as well as conventional sale. You can, of course, also get these listings from the MLS through your chosen realtor. You don’t always get 2’ tall grass to point out the distressed properties, so this site will help you look into any that may exist near your new home.

  1. Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (C.L.U.E.)

This is a LexisNexis database that contains up to seven years’ worth of the automobile and personal property claims data. It also contains scoring data to assist insurance companies with a risk assessment to help lead pricing and underwriting. This data, however, can only be accessed by the owner of the property, the insurer, or the lender for a property.  You can, however, request that the current owner (the seller) order a C.L.U.E. report on your behalf.  This may alert them to issues they had no idea existed prior to their own purchase.  This information can prove useful to assist you in assessing what perils the building has gone through, as it is not always easy to determine events that occurred after the damaged materials are removed and made new.

If you are wondering why you would care if the damaged materials were removed/replaced, you may not know how often unskilled labor and/or DIY enthusiasts tackle some of these issues themselves. Things have the potential to look great, but not be so great when you peel back the layers. People following proper protocols and standards of care, unfortunately, is one of those things you need to be on the lookout for. Doing the right thing is sometimes much more expensive than doing, enough.

  1. Talk to the Neighbors

You can learn A LOT about a neighborhood by latching onto the local gossip hub.  Three short hours later and you will know all of the cul-de-sac drama, who painted the house with un-approved color palettes, and who’s dog calls your yard their personal dumping grounds.  You can also learn quite a bit about the buildings.  Basic up-keep and maintenance questions are fair game.  Knowing if a laundry list of defects was found shortly after construction could prove pretty useful for your decision-making processes.  You may also want to inquire about the schools, traffic patterns, and any local amenities that are nearby.  So be bold and introduce yourself.  If it’s a crash and burn, you will need to assess whether you can live next to Ms. “I keep my yard pristine while my dog’s dumping on yours”.  True story, dog urine burns lawns.  Look it up!

Seriously though, neighbors are a great source of information.  People know other people, who may know about the house or area you are looking to move into.

  1. Search Engine

You googled your cold symptoms and convinced yourself that you were dying, so why not try it for your future house?  Well, you actually can grab some pretty low-hanging fruit with a simple google search.  Oftentimes, listings from Trulia, Redfin, Realtor.com, etc. pop up.  These listings may have a different or more in-depth set of photos that will help jump-start your search.  You may pick up the criminal history of the past owner, or a voter registration site that tells you he voted for that terrible guy that one time. 

While you are there, try out Google Streetview.  To use it, you type in the address into google.  Then click on the map image (the first response), then drag the little orangish-yellow guy at the lower right corner into the screen where you want to view.  You will see the available Streetview footage with a differing coloration as you are dragging this guy around.  From there, you can move up/down the street, or zoom in or out.  You can also click on the clock icon at the upper left corner to see the same image in that same location on prior dates.  This is great to see if the roofing changed, or if they painted the house.  Just be warned, you may see 6 cars parked in the front yard and 2’ tall grass.  If you are in looking in densely populated areas, a good amount of imaging should be available dating back to 2007.  More sparse areas may have little or no Streetview imagery.

  1. Aerial Imagery

Modern-day aerial imagery has been showing increased clarity and frequency of collection.  What this means is that there is a fighting chance that you can see (within a few years’ span) when that building addition was constructed.  Any “visual” event that you can see from an overhead perspective may be observable in some of the more modern and clear imagery.  So if a detached building was built, or a pool was put in, you would likely be able to narrow down when it was done.  You can also typically see coloration changes that are typical when replacing roof coverings, or when they gave up on their yard and started embracing the weeds.  In Florida, most municipalities have limited aerials on their property assessment pages.  If you are not in these three counties, usually you can easily find your local Property Appraiser’s office by googling the county + “property appraiser”.

Another great place to get current aerial images is on google.  Similar to the way you navigated to Streetview above, instead of dragging the orange/yellow guy, you just click on the map link itself.  Once in, you can click the icon at the lower left corner to toggle from “map” mode to “aerial” mode.

Once there, you can zoom in pretty close and see some decent detail.  The date of the imagery is posted at the lower right corner of the map.  If you right-click, you can select points and measure distances (say if you wanted to estimate if your new pool will be too small for that 6’ pool float you’ve been looking at.  You can also copy the latitude and longitude in case you need coordinates for any other purpose.

Another great resource, of course from google, is Google Earth.  You type the address, street or city you are interested in at the hourglass icon on the left side of the screen.  From there, you can scan around, pan, tile, and zoom in and out.

You can also drag that orange/yellow guy into place to see the Streetview image.  If interested, you can also draw and annotate the maps you are viewing.  In Google Earth Pro, the desktop version of this program, you can click on the “Historical Imagery” button to see the same house spanning several aerials (usually provided in 2 to 6 year spans).  If you don’t know why this roof is not an efficient roof design, please check out my article on the topic HERE.  On the one prior, I don’t think I have to tell you that a big tarp on the roof is BAD.  For those who don’t know, those are placed as temporary coverings if/when there are roofing issues.  I would definitely ask questions about why it was there (if you do not see it during your inspections) and request paid invoice receipts to prove it was dealt with properly.

  1. Public Records Searching

If you are really committed to learning the history of a potential home, your journey will next take you to Public Record Searching.  A directory that may help you find the Public Record authorities in your area can be found with a quick internet search.

The first stop along these lines should be the Property Appraiser’s office.   Here you can look into the prior owners of your target property.  Appraisers also assess the value of the property by level of finish and use.  So a visit to the Property Appraiser’s office may dig up some solid information on how they converted that 3 car garage into a mother-in-law suite (IF that does happen, I hope you read about the PRO’s and CON’s of that in my prior Blog Entry HERE).  Many building permits and changes in use for the areas of the residence get reflected in the appraisers’ record books over time.

You may also need to pop over to the Building Department.  Some of the more modern Building Departments have their records available online, while others have not quite made it there yet.  For really old buildings, expect to need to go in-person and possibly get assistance looking through microfilm.  Here you can search the permit history on the building of interest.  If you see major re-working and do not see matching permit history, you may want to inquire with the seller’s on whether they were pulled (and why not).  If you have these departments print out any permits or plans found, expect to pay them per page (and they don’t all take check or card).

Believe it or not, the local library may have insight to the buildings of the area, and their rich history.  If you are on a scavenger hunt for more historic reasons, I would make a quick stop there to see what you turn up.

  1. Title Search

In Florida, a title search accomplishes several things.  Among them, it includes confirmation of who has the right to sell the property, the description of the property (in the official records), mortgages present, tax information, and any liens/restrictions/easements on the property.  The “chain of title” is a legal document that will show the sequence of historical transfers of the title to a property.  Mortgage lenders require a title search, so your transaction may already be destined to contain one.  These searches go back as far as possible, so this may dig up some needed information about the history of your building.  Often, records are found that pre-date the construction date of most buildings.

  1. Diedinhouse.com

I know it’s morbid to consider, but past owners may have deceased in the house you are looking to buy. Realtors are commonly asked if the past owners or anyone passed away in the residence, and they may or may not know.  For a fee, you can go to diedinhouse to answer that question.  Talking to neighbors, as discussed above, is also an effective way to learn if something terrible happened in your future home.

  1. School Ratings

Those with children obviously need to know if the school districts they would land in are solid.  Great Schools is a go-to resource to learn all about the schools at the various levels.  Each school is given a rating factor (out of 10) to indicate which schools are below average and which are great.  You will also find the full school name, address, distance from your selected location, and the number of students currently enrolled.  Drilling down into individual schools further, you can find additional student metrics, test scores, and various other demographics.

  1. Sex Offender Database

Just in case you were distracted by the dog soiling your future bushes when the neighbor told you, you can run over to the National Sex Offender Public Website to check if there are any registered offenders in proximity to your new home.  The FBI’s Scams and Safety website also has a sex offender registry that you should check just to be sure.

  1. General Crime Statistics

It may be good to know that the area you are (potentially) moving into isn’t over-run with theft and violent crime.  If you agree (and you don’t mind a fee), you should check out some of the information and statistics at Neighborhood Scout.  The FBI comes through again with additional resources to feed your need to research your neighborhood.  The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) has data that can be sliced by location, year, and several other selection criteria.  Additional FBI resources, including Hate Crimes and other infractions.

Those with a Ring doorbell may also want to join the Ring community in the area of the prospective home.  There are some interesting Ring doorbell videos shared there, and you may get to see chat messages about local occurrences.  Spoiler Alert: most of the videos posted there are porch pirates or people asking if anyone knows this random person who had the audacity to knock on my door today.

Closing

So good luck researching your next dream home.  I hope these tools are helpful, and you are
able to hone in on that dream home you’ve been scouring the MLS to find.  Did a tool you use not make the list?  Post a comment below to share.

Best ways to research the history of a house:

  1. Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or Ask Your
    Realtor
  2. Evacuation Zone and/or Flood Zone
  3. Foreclosure and Distressed Property Search
  4. Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange
    (C.L.U.E.)
  5. Talk to the Neighbors
  6. Search Engine
  7. Aerial Imagery
  8. Public Record Searching 
  9. Title Search
  10. Diedinhouse.com 
  11. School Ratings 
  12. Sex Offender Database 
  13. General Crime Statistics

If you need assistance researching your upcoming home purchase, Red Flag Home Inspection can assist you with doing research similar to these resources and several others.  Please call or email us anytime to discuss further.  This home may be tied to a 30-year loan, so you need to go into the transaction armed with any and all information relevant to that purchase.  Don’t leave it to chance, do your research and hire a rock-solid home inspector.

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What is green tea?

A wide range of tea, even your standard cup of developer’s, are produced using the camellia sinensis plant. Green tea gets its name from the emerald green variety made while blending these natural, unfermented leaves.

With beginnings dating as far back as 5,000 years, green tea is ordinarily smashed and filled in East Asia where the wellbeing properties are exceptionally esteemed.

Green tea advantages might include:

  • High in polyphenols which safeguard the body against illness
  • Regular energizers, including caffeine, may improve cerebrum capability
  • Supported digestion
  • Gainful impact on glucose control
  • Diminished chance of coronary illness

Wholesome advantages of green tea

There is no dietary benefit as far as macronutrients in green tea, yet the beverage’s essential advantages lie in the bioactive mixtures it contains.

The tea you use, the temperature and the soaking time all altogether affect the levels of these mixtures. Warm and surrounding temperatures are ideal to hold cancer prevention agent compounds, so permit the bubbled water to cool somewhat prior to pouring over the tea leaves, and steep for between 2-3 minutes.

  1. High in defensive polyphenols

Compounds called polyphenols are known to safeguard the body against infection and make a significant commitment towards a sound, adjusted diet. These cell reinforcement compounds are tracked down in a great many organic product, vegetables and other natural food varieties. Green tea has various medical advantages a significant number of which are credited to the way that it is to a great extent natural and wealthy in these plant compounds and visit monkeywriting for more informative posts. The vitally bioactive mixtures in green tea are flavonoids, with the most strong being catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

  1. May support mind capability

Green tea contains various normal energizers, including caffeine, which albeit not quite as high as espresso, may in any case assist with keeping up with readiness and concentration. What’s more, green tea is a wellspring of the amino corrosive L-theanine, which makes a loosening up difference; it does this by expanding state of mind improving cerebrum synthetic substances including GABA, dopamine and serotonin. The gainful polyphenols of green tea may likewise assist with easing back the impacts of maturing on the cerebrum.

  1. May help fat consuming

Some examination recommends that green tea might support metabolic rate and increment fat consuming. This is believed to be thanks to the normal thermogenic properties given by caffeine, and by the plant mixtures like catechins.

  1. May uphold glucose control

Studies recommend green tea might further develop insulin responsiveness and therefore gainfully affect glucose control.

  1. May lessen the gamble of coronary illness

Research proposes green tea is a valuable refreshment for assisting with diminishing the gamble of coronary illness and related conditions, like stroke. One way it might help is in its useful impacts on cholesterol the board.

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The main purpose of a printer is to make your documents and other important stuff visible to everyone. You can print out all your reports, spreadsheets, and photos in seconds.

Most printers can also help you store your documents online so that you can access them from anywhere at any time. You can even add them to your calendar.

These days, you can print photos directly on your smartwatch or connected watch. This way, you can send images and text messages to your friends.

If you are worried about your phone being damaged while it is in your pocket, you can also print out your documents in the comfort of your own home.

You don’t need to worry about getting your phone wet because it is waterproof. Most people can be found to have many questions in their minds when they are deciding which watch or smartwatch they want to buy.

Most people tend to ask themselves what the watch is going to do. They also wonder what kinds of features are present in it. How will it make their lives easier?

The answers to these questions are quite obvious. These devices enable us to receive messages, play music and movies, keep track of the time, make calls, send text messages, check the weather, get directions, etc.

So, what is the main purpose of a printer? Well, a printer is used to make a hard copy of the information.

Excellent functions for health management

Smartwatches are becoming very popular. They provide people with a lot of benefits. Most of them can monitor your health and help you manage your fitness. Some of the functions that smartwatches come with include:

Track your sleep: You can use apps on your watch to track your sleep. This makes it easy for you to understand your sleep patterns.

You can also use apps on your watch to record your moods, which can be very useful in case you have issues like anxiety and depression.

Keep track of your health: Apps can also help you keep track of your health. For example, they can help you manage your diet and exercise routines. They can also record your blood pressure and other vital signs.

Check the weather easily

A smartwatch is an electronic device that is worn on the wrist. They are a combination of a watch and a smartphone. They have different functions than regular watches.

You can use these devices for making calls and receiving calls, reading text messages and emails, playing games, checking social media, and doing other things.

These devices can help you check the weather, read news and sports updates, make appointments, send and receive text messages, and more.

Smartwatch has been around for several years. It was invented in 1999 by Pebble Technology Inc. They are known for creating smartwatches that run on Google Android operating system.

In 2014, they became the first company to be bought by Fitbit. These days, smartphones are really becoming smarter. Smartphones allow us to do almost anything and everything, and smart watches help us to do even more things.

A smartwatch allows you to monitor your health and fitness, check the weather, make calls, receive texts, etc. These smart devices are very convenient.

Use it as a mobile wallet

They can even help you get more done in the morning. If you have a smartphone, you can install an app that tells you the current weather conditions and forecasts.

With smartwatches, you can easily check the weather right away. You can also download apps that give you helpful information such as stock quotes, flight arrival times, and sports scores.

A smartwatch has many useful functions. It can be used to access your contacts list, view incoming messages and calls, and even get directions to your destination.

It is possible to use your smartwatch to keep track of your heart rate and blood pressure. You can also make a call using your smartwatch.

This makes it very easy to take care of urgent matters during your morning routine. Your watch will automatically adjust the sound level based on the ambient noise.

You can also make your phone vibrate when you receive a text message. If you have a fitness tracker, you can use it to track your heart rate and track your progress while you are running.

Set your wristwatch alarm

You can easily wake yourself up with a single tap. Also, you can make calls with them. Many people prefer using them when they are walking. The reason for this is that they will receive phone calls while they are walking. You can also check the weather.

You don’t have to look at your phone to see what the weather is like. Another advantage is that you can send messages with these watches.

You can get alerts about important events such as flight delays and changes to the traffic conditions. If you want to know how much battery life you have left in your watch, you will just need to tap on the screen.

It’s important to charge them once a week. For example, if you are at work and you are taking a nap, you can set an alarm with your watch.

Then, you’ll receive a notification on your smartphone. This way, you won’t miss your meeting. If you have a meeting in the morning, you’ll get a reminder on your watch.

The time is also displayed right on the watch. This way, you will know exactly what time it is and you’ll be able to get ready.

These watches are also useful when you’re driving. You can listen to music while you drive, which is especially useful if you’re driving with other people. They also display the speed you’re driving at.

Touchscreen type

Smartwatches are devices that have touchscreens. They are usually used for monitoring health. A number of them can connect to the Internet and enable you to download apps, send text messages, make phone calls, and check emails.

Some watches even have built-in GPS systems, and they are great for tracking your workouts. There are some watches that you can wear as a watch and use as a fitness tracker.

However, most smartwatches are designed to be worn on your arm like a bracelet. With some of them, you can use your voice to control the device.

Some watches are water-resistant and can be used while swimming. Other watches are made to withstand rain and snow.

Conclusion

The main benefit of smartwatches is that they come with useful apps. They are very convenient because they help you stay organized and save time.

They can help you to manage your health by keeping track of your exercise. With fitness trackers, you can measure your heart rate and calorie consumption.

Smartwatches come with a variety of useful apps such as the Google Maps app, which allows you to search for local businesses. You can also use this app to find nearby restaurants and get directions.

Another example of an app is the Uber app that can help you book a taxi or limousine service. You can also use the Apple Health app to check your weight and blood pressure.

Smartwatches are very handy devices. They are connected to the internet and can provide a number of useful features. These smartwatches are a very versatile device.

You can use them to connect to your computer, monitor the activities of your children, or check the latest news. If you are into sports, you can use your smartwatch to keep track of your daily fitness routines. This will help you to stay healthy.

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Cost to change a flight with Royal Jordanian

Every airline has its own rules & regulations for changing the flight; however, people also have several reasons to make the changes. But, the main concern is they need to learn about the flight change fee. As these things sometimes become obstacles while changing flight. 

Royal Jordanian is an airline based in Jordan where commuters are offered an excellent flying experience & services. Now, boarding the business class means enjoying the trip with crown class seats & other benefits. On the other hand, the inflight atmosphere is quite incredible. 

It will be a fabulous trip toward your desired destination, along with multiple surprises. 

How much do you need to pay for a flight change with Royal Jordanian?

The passengers can make a free flight change if they do it once per ticket. But, if you need to make more changes, you must pay about $100 -200. However, you can also review the Royal Jordanian Flight Change policy for more details. 

How to change a flight with Royal Jordanian Airline?

If you want to change the flight with the airline, then below are the points:

  1. The passengers need to visit the official website of Royal Jordanian.
  2. Here look for the booking tab& click on it
  3. However, you need to enter the PNR/ reservation number along with the passenger’s last name
  4. Hit the search button
  5. After that, go through all the flights & select the one that you want to change 
  6. Now, click on the flight change option & make changes to the flight date, time & destination & class. 
  7. Now, hit the search button
  8. Here, the travellers need to review the new changes made. 
  9. After that, you must pay the flight change fee through available payment methods. 
  10. Now confirm your new itinerary & go for the seat selection through the airline seat selection map. 

Explain the other points for changing flights with Royal Jordanian Airline.

There are some important points related to the flight change below & which are important:

  1. Travellers can make the flight changes within 24 hrs to avoid the flight change fee. 
  2. However, you can change the flight by going through the whole flight change process.
  3. The other thing you need to consider is that you can change the travel dates, times & destinations. 
  4. Now, if you wish to make a same-day flight change, there is another policy you need to follow. 

Note: You can also search for How to Talk To a Live Person in Royal Air Maroc Airlines? If you need any assistance with flight booking & services. 

How to make a Royal Jordanian flight change at the airport?

There are some important steps below that can help you:

  1. First, you need to search for the nearest airport
  2. Here, you need to look for the airline customer executive & tell them about the flight change. 
  3. They’ll ask you about some basic details which are quite mandatory. 
  4. After all this, they’ll help you in the best ways
  5. At last, you need to pay for the new flight. 

Service by the airline:

Royal Jordanian airline always believes in providing the best on-air services while flying anywhere. However, apart from enjoying incredible inflight services, you can easily change your flights whenever you want online & offline. The airline always provides you with a trouble-free trip. 

On the other hand, there are several other benefits for the passengers provided by the airline to enjoy the trip. 

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