Support Our Troops

http://www.floridarealtors.org/aboutfar/support-our-troops.cfm

USO Calling Card
Show our troops we care – donate today

Florida Realtors® ‘Help a Soldier Call Home’
Your donation allows our men and women fighting overseas to reconnect with their families. Please give as if your
freedom depends on it.
Donate online today
Use a credit card and give through the USO’s secure website.
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2010.

Why give?
“To our soldiers, ‘going home’ means 10 minutes on the phone hearing a loved one’s voice. If ‘home’ to our service sons and daughters is a short phone call, then we, as Florida Realtors, should help them find home.” – Wendell Davis, Florida Realtors president.

“When your son is in Iraq or Afghanistan, he’s physically 7,000 miles away, but the distance is much, much farther emotionally. For so many of our sons and daughters, comfort is a phone call. That’s it – their only connection to family.” – Patti Fitzgerald, Florida Realtors president elect and mother of two Marines.

“I was able to talk to my wife and family from Afghanistan thanks to the phone cards donated by patriotic individuals, such as Realtors. For that, I offer a sincere thank you.” – LCpl Joseph Fitzgerald, Patti Fitzgerald’s son.

The Details
A donation buys international calling cards that the USO gives to deployed members of the U.S. armed services – the item most requested by our men and women serving overseas.
Donations are fully tax deductible.
Anyone may donate. Encourage Facebook friends, clients and family to support our troops.

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As Seen on TV

Who did Tampa’s TV Channel 10 News turn to when they needed a home inspection expert in the Tampa area?
Why us, of course.
http://www.tampahomeinspection.com

Here is the interview and video.
http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/story.aspx?storyid=130303&catid=250

Do you have questions about your home inspection? (813) 909-9516

Downpayment Assistance – Hillsborough County

STARTS FEB. 5th, 2010
First time homebuyers in unincorporated Hillsborough County should take advantage of a new program that provides assistance for down payments and closing costs. The Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Dept. will release more than $1 million for eliginle residents, including those in Temple Terrace and Plant City. Called ‘First-Time Homebuyer Program’, the plan is to provide help with mortgage financing with private lenders (not banks).
Go Here: http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/affordablehousingoffice

Testing for Mold In Florida

1. MOLD – What is it?

Medical studies have found that black mold is the #1 cause of allergic symptoms. The mold Stachybotrys found in home, office and school environments has been linked to fatal pulmonary disorders.

The test kit we use indicates the presence of molds within 48 hours. Optional lab analysis is available – at an additional cost – which identifies the type of mold present.  You can visit our website for more information http://www.tampahomeinspection.com  or give us a call (813) 909-9516.

The Black Mold Test Kit we use utilizes patented laboratory analytical methods for accuracy and reliability.

To help detect the possibility of mold, do you notice any of the following?

Discoloration or black mold on baseboards, wallboards, or wallpaper.
Cracks in shower tile, lack of caulking, loose toilet seal, leaks under sink
Carpet and padding in direct contact with concrete slab
Poorly maintained or dirty air conditioning/heating vents and filters
Damp crawl space
Water penetration (water marks on walls, mold spots on walls)
Musty/ moldy odor

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then you could be exposing yourself and your family to toxic black mold.

What is Mold and Where Is It Found?

Molds are microscopic organisms, found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Molds can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic material. Also susceptible to mold growth are cellulose materials, such as, cardboard, paper, ceiling tiles, and sheet rock. Mold spores are easily detached and made airborne by vacuuming, walking on a carpet or sitting on a couch. In indoor environments, mold can grow in air conditioning ducts, carpets, pots of houseplants, etc.

How Can Mold Affect Your Health?

Exposure to mold is not healthy for anyone but the following individuals are at a higher risk for adverse health effects: infants, children, elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women, and individuals with existing respiratory conditions. When inhaled, even in small amounts, mold can cause a wide range of health problems including respiratory problems (wheezing), nasal and sinus congestion, watery and red eyes, nose and throat irritation, skin irritation, aches and pains, fevers, asthma, emphysema and in some cases even death.

Mold Can Be Found In Many Areas Of Your Home

Attic, Living Rooms, Bathrooms, (HVAC) Ventilation System, Bedrooms,
Kitchens, Basements, Any Moist Areas, Carpets, Garage

How Can You Be Exposed To Mold?

When moldy materials become damaged or disturbed, spores (reproductive bodies similar to seeds) can be released into the air.

The following are sources of indoor moisture that may cause mold problems in your home or office: flooding, leaky roofs, humidifiers, damp basements or crawl spaces, constant plumbing leaks, overflow water from watering house plants, steam from cooking, shower/bath steam and leaks,  and clothes dryers vented indoors. Testing is your first line of defense.  We will conduct a mold test during our home inspection if requested.  The cost (including laboratory analysis and reports) is nominal at $96.00.

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