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We are very happy to recommend Sara Zhao. Sara recently represented us in the sale of our house in Richmond California. We are located in Canada and we were particularly impressed by Sara’s attention to detail and effective communications. She worked efficiently with the rental manager and tenants to effect a smooth transition while maximizing the opportunity to show the house while furnished. Sara provided valuable assessment and guidance as we worked through multiple offers and counteroffers. We felt confident throughout the sales process that Sara was on top of all the details and requirements. Sara organized the various service providers and worked closely with the Title Company, lender and appraiser to ensure things moved smoothly. Overall, our experience in working with Sara was very smooth and we were very happy with the entire process.Mary Grace and Steven Cox
Living on the East Coast while our house was selling on the West Coast proved to take a lot of our time. Fortunately for us, Sara’s commitment to helping us with our escrow and settlement paperwork helped us enormously because of her organizational skills and attention to detail. The large amount of paperwork that needed to be read and signed, then returned, was overwhelming when the two of us already work such long hours each day. We’ve worked with other property and real estate people, and no one compares, mostly because of Sara’s efforts to just tell us what needed to be done, explain the priorities and the deadlines. When working with other realtors and their office workers, we found that Sara’s group gave us what we needed: explanations when needed, but short answers instead of a lot of unnecessary details about things we did not need to know. Sara’s communication via email, fax and the telephone was also exactly what we needed at the time. She didn’t need to prove that she understood the legalities or substance of our settlement because we trusted her to get everything right the first time, and Sara did just that. We appreciated all of the hard work she did on her part so we didn’t have to pore through the paperwork. We would recommend Sara Zhao and Sara’s group to anyone who needs a good detail person who listens and understands a client's needs.Pat Joy and Martin Bayman
Posted on May 22, 2014 - 02:30 PM
by Real Estate Magazine
Effective Jan.1, 2014, property owners who obtain permits to remodel a property that was built prior to 1994 are required to retrofit with toilets that use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, showerheads with flow rates of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute, and other interior fixtures that use less than 2.2 gallons of water per minute.
This applies to all single-family property permits, as well as multifamily and commerical property permits where 10 percent or more of the square footage is included in the remodel.
By Jan. 1, 2017, all residential properties in California that were built prior to 1994 will need to be in compliance with water fixtures as outlined above, which will bring them up to the same standards as homes built since 1994.