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Prevent basement flooding from hot water heaters

Ron Rothenberg, homeowner and exclusive buyer's agent, has a love-hate relationship with hot water heaters. He's ready to break up with his conventional direct-fired water heater. This is one of the reasons why: Apres le water heater, le deluge by Ron Rothenberg (edited from 2010 post) Conventional water heaters have always bothered me. Why would

By | 2016-12-28T14:00:58+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Problems and repair, Ron|Tags: , |

Change in smoke detector laws. Will it save lives?

As of December 1, this year, all houses built before 1975 will need to be equipped with 10-year smoke detectors. Current law requires that smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years, but most people don’t do it. The new rule, detectors will have sealed 10-year batteries. When the battery squeaks, it is time to replace

Shower me with warmth . . . .

Ron Rothenberg 4Buyers Real Estate I’ve had a new energy-saving device for over a year, and I love it, and it has more than paid for itself a few times over, and it only cost me  $20.00 at the Mass Save store website. It’s an Evolve showerhead, and it saves energy and  solves the problem

Don’t fence me out!

Let my clients go! (and see your house!) Ron Rothenberg 4 Buyers Real Estate   “Do they really want to sell this house?” asks my buyer, when I finally arrive with the keys.     We’ve been trying to look at this condo for two days. Yesterday, the broker said her assistant would leave the

By | 2016-12-28T14:01:13+00:00 March 30th, 2014|Categories: Brokers and Buyers, House Hunting, Ron|

House hunting is good for your health!

Follow in my steps Ron Rothenberg 4 Buyers Real Estate     “Walking is man’s best medicine” – Hippocrates, 3rd Century B.C.   When I was 11, a friend’s mother bought me a stopwatch. I timed everything. I timed baseball games, I timed radio newscasts, I timed how long it took me to pee. How

By | 2014-03-28T23:59:31+00:00 March 28th, 2014|Categories: About 4 Buyers RE, Energy efficiency, House Hunting, Ron, Uncategorized|

Demise of the paper check

Sic Transit Gloria Paper Checks Ron Rothenberg 4 Buyers Real Estate     Few industries have defended their attachment to paper as ferociously as real estate law.  But the reign of paper may be ending, as digital contract signatures become more the norm than the exception.   One piece of paper that hasn't gone away

By | 2014-03-11T22:30:16+00:00 March 11th, 2014|Categories: Brokers and Buyers, House Hunting, Money and finance, Mortgage matters, Ron, Uncategorized|

Keep your hot water heater from flooding your basement.

Apres le water heater, le deluge by Ron Rothenberg, 4 Buyers Real Estate   Conventional water heaters have always bothered me. Why would anyone install an appliance that is guaranteed to fill your basement with water the moment its warranty expires? The age of the conventional water heater may be ending. I'm happy to see

By | 2016-12-28T14:01:16+00:00 May 7th, 2012|Categories: Energy efficiency, Happy Home Ownership, Ron|

Don’t fence me out

Friends, Broker, Homesellers: lend me your house. by Ron Rothenberg, 4 Buyers Real Estate Usually the buyers I work for have a bit of time. If we can't see a house one day, we'll see it the next, though frequently we just move on and never see the houses that were unavailable on the first

By | 2012-04-18T22:55:59+00:00 April 18th, 2012|Categories: House Hunting, Negotiating, Ron|