Q. Is it important to test for radon in my house?

A. Yes. Radon is a gas that comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water that gets into the air you breathe. You can’t see, smell or taste it, but it can get into any type of building and it’s found all over the U.S. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family’s health.

The U.S. Surgeon General and Environmental Protection Agency recommend that all homes be tested. You can test your home yourself by ordering a test kit from the National Safety Council ( or some home improvement stores.

If you prefer, or if you are buying or selling a home, you can hire a qualified tester to do the testing for you. Contact yo...

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Q. What do I need to know about warranties for newly built homes?

A. If you’re considering a new home warranty, it’s important to understand what it covers, how to make a claim, and the process for resolving disputes that may come up between you and the builder or warranty company.

Warranties generally offer limited coverage on workmanship and materials relating to components such as windows, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems for specific periods. They also typically define how repairs will be made.

Most warranties don’t cover expenses you may incur as a consequence of a major construction defect or warranty repair, like the cost of having to move out of your home while repairs a...

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Q. I’m thinking about buying a house that’s part of a homeowners’ association. What do I need to know before I buy?

A. You will, of course, be told the fee structure, but it’s wise to do some research. Here are some tips you might consider:

  • Ask to see a copy of the covenants and regulations before you buy the house. Find out if there are rules against things that may affect your decision to buy, such as basketball hoops, outside storage units, and rules about pets.

  • Make sure the home you want is currently in compliance with the rules.

  • Ask to see the financial statements. Look for how the money is spent and how much the association has set aside in reserve. In general, 20 to 25 percent of your dues should go toward the reserve fund.

  • Ask if there are any assessments planned or being discussed.

  • Ask to see copies of some recent meeting minutes. It’ll give you a general flavor of the meetings and the issues being discussed.

  • Find out if the association has any history of litigation.

  • Try to speak with the association president, as well as some of the homeowners who aren’t on the board. It’ll give you a good idea of the association’s “personality” and reputation in the neighborhood.

If you have any questions, or need helpful and trustworthy real estate representation, please call Jessica Dodge at (512) 514-1700.

Dodge Team Properties at Keller Williams 1801 S. MoPac Expwy, Ste 100 78746

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Dear Home Buyer,

Do you see the statement above? Someone once told me it was written backwards…that you only make money when you SELL real estate. “How on earth could you make money when you buy it?” he said.

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– Jessica Dodge

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Dear Friend,

It’s true. Even savvy home buyers lose thousands of dollars…even tens of thousands of dollars they could have “pocketed” had they known about the important “secrets” that make up a successful purchase of a great home.

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A Municipal Utility District (MUD) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas authorized by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to provide water, sewage, drainage and other services within the MUD boundaries.

How is a MUD created?A majority of property owners in the proposed district petitions the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality to create a MUD. The TCEQ evaluates the petition, holds a public hearing, and grants or denies the petition. After approval, the TCEQ appoints five temporary members to the MUD’s Board of Directors, until an election is called to elect permanent Board members, to confirm the MUD’s creation, and to au...

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