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Bill Adams
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On A Personal Note

Last week Lindsey, Jackson (our dog and the unofficial mascot of Allen Adams Realty), and I got to take a short vacation to Kiawah Island.  It was actually Jackson's 2nd birthday so the trip was planned around that.  We wanted to take him to the beach since he loves to run in the sand so much and he had never been to the beach.  It seems these days as much as I'm asked about real estate I'm asked about Jackson, at least by people that know me.  Everyone always wants to know about him.  I regularly post photos of Jackson and his adventures on social media so click below to follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook to see Jackson and what's happening with him.

And if you have question about real estate of course I can answer those too.  Just give me a call and let me know what you need!

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Last Month’s Question: What do you get if you divide the circumference of an apple by its diameter?
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Inside Hong Kong’s “Coffin” Homes

People who live in the extremely tight urban center of Hong Kong have solved their housing dilemma in a small way: by cramming together into tiny shared "coffin" homes. The practice has been to divide apartments into smaller and smaller private spaces, giving each family sometimes just 50 or 75 square feet of living space. Families make do by stacking their possessions vertically, leaving just a tiny space on the floor level for eating, sleeping, and living.

Often apartments are not just divided; they're also reconstructed into a warren of stacked double-decker bed spaces, partitioned by plywood or curtains. Kitchens and toilets are shared by several cubicle groups.

These tiny spaces may be the only option for people on the low end of the economic scale. But new developments are also springing up, purpose-built to be like “coffin” homes. These are generally attractive co-living spaces reminiscent of college dorms, with comfortable common areas and private cubbies for sleeping. They are appealing to students and young workers.

Isn't it interesting what people get used to in their living situations? When looking at our own surroundings, you can see that we also have certain size and location standards. Those standards often change over a lifetime from student to young worker to family to retirement. My job is to smooth the transitions from one kind of housing to the next. So when you’re ready to make your next move, call me personally and let me know what you're looking for. I'll help you find and buy the right home for the next stage in your life. Call me at 704-578-0926
While you’re looking online and visiting open houses, I’ll be scouring upcoming listings and previewing homes. Together we’ll find the perfect home for you. Just let me know what you're looking for and when you want to buy.
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How to Save for a Down Payment (PDF)

Houses cost a lot! But banks help by loaning you the purchase price so you don’t have to come up with the full amount in one lump sum. In exchange, they expect you to have skin in the game in the form of a down payment. It's a lot of money, but the good news is that people do it all the time. If you're trying to save for a down payment or you know someone who is here are some smart ways to do it. If you know someone who could use this report, please forward it to them. Thanks!
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Once More, Is It a Fruit or a Vegetable?

In honor of the spring planting season, here is the answer to that age-old question...

Tomatoes have seeds, making them botanically a fruit. The same goes for cucumbers and squash. As you can see, fruits don't have to be sweet. But from a culinary angle, most people classify sweet fruits, like apples, as fruit, and savory fruits, like tomatoes, as vegetables.

As the saying goes: "Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."

My Advice

“What should I ask my real estate agent before buying a house?”

There are a lot of questions you could ask before placing an offer on a home. Like, What is the sales history of this home, and how should that affect my offer? Or Should I have the roof inspected? Or Are prices going up in this neighborhood?

Most of the time I can provide you with solid advice and direction. But sometimes I can only provide information, and it's up to you to make a final decision. For instance, I can provide you with a list of home inspectors, but it is your responsibility to interview them before hiring one. I can provide you with pricing data, but it’s your choice what price you offer.
You can't always know all the questions you should be asking, so if you’re not asking an important question, I’ll raise it for you. Then I’ll help you get the right information to make decisions in your best interests. Call me when you’re ready to buy your next home. ~704-578-0926.

Just for Laughs

Why Men Don’t Write Advice Columns

Dear Walter,

I hope you can help me here. The other day, I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching the TV as usual. I hadn't driven more than a mile down the road when the engine conked out and the car shuddered to a halt. I slung my purse on my shoulder and walked back home to get my husband's help.
When I got home I couldn't believe my eyes. He was embracing a woman half his age! When I confronted him, he broke down and admitted that they had been having an affair. I told him to stop or I would leave him. He agreed, but ever since then he has become increasingly distant. I'm afraid I can't get through to him anymore. Can you please help?

Sincerely, Sheila

Dear Sheila:

A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the vacuum pipes and hoses on the intake manifold and also check all grounding wires. If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the carburetor float chamber.

I hope this helps.
~ Walter

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