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  1. Can anyone clarify that by using a real estate attorney instead of realtor one can get the buyer's agent compensation back and simply pay the lawyer his/her fee based on their billing schedule. I remember seeing an old thread on HAIF that attorneys can only act as agens for themselves. If the "3% comisison" can be saved can someone PM me with attorney recomendations? I've found a house that I want without an agent (listing agent showed it to me) and looking to see which route to go - attorney, discount/rebate agent or ...
  2. I got one from Allied with home purchased and it paid for itself 2-3x in the first year (AC problem, range cartridge, plumbing leak). This year nothing radical happened yet so I am probably in the red. I'll probably keep it for another 1-2 years to get a feeling whether any other major things are solid.
  3. Search for the ads in the chronicle, green sheet, craigslist etc. There are a few asian-run places that get prefabricated slubs from China and can get $20-25/sq feet installed. It turned out to be as cheap as fancy laminate. I've used a place called Sage Bathroom or something - can't find the phone number right now.
  4. I second to consider budget airlines instead of trains to save time and often money. Or alternatively concentrate on a smaller region to explore - your plan sounds a bit too ambitious to see anything in depth. As for rail passes vs tickets check railsaver.com which compares various options based on your itinerary and gives you a best option. I am currently planning Munich/Austria/Switzerland travel and it looks like I am saving a lot by getting Austria pass and individual tickets elsewhere over the 3-country pass.
  5. I have remainders of an old hot tub cover - large pieces of Styrofoam. It is not degradable so I not too inclined to break it down in pieces to fit into my track bin [as of now...] Any places around to accept these? P.S. Just a random thought - may be nondegradable is not too bad these days in terms of CO2 capturing...
  6. Costco has a great deal on mattress right now: Novoform Adjustable mattress $360 shipped for queen of $440 shipped for king/cal-king Its Novoform Infinite Comfort
  7. For those who want to save even more check the quick-summary post here http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/deal-discussion/320543 . I made one myself back in grad school 5 years ago and very happy since. My cost was about $275 for queen. Basically you get a high density foam for the bottom and memory foam for the top. Mattress cover to keep it together.
  8. I was at La strada's place a few times - very limited selection, not too much of the vegetables I eat. I'd rather go to Airlines market. I'll look-up the coop - but is it only on wednesday?
  9. Can anyone provide the details - was not aware of it
  10. Live around the corner and never understood their business model - too small of a selection for so much bigger space. It would be nice to get another good everyday restaurant in the hood..
  11. or much less than that, the guy had a fixed service call charge but he acknowledges that the hardest he had to work for that fee in a month.
  12. It was a rust blockage in the pilot tube that did not let enough gas out for heating the thermocouple. Took a guy couple of hours to figure it out only to clean it with the paper clip eventually.
  13. OK.. But be kind, this is the first time I wend beyond point-and-shoot since middle-school. Suggestions welcome however. From my rooftop [ Really miss a real fall colors here, have to play with white-balance to get something ...] Under the bridge downtown[need to look for a better spot for this one...] My favorite in terms of composition: one more..
  14. Something weird is happening with our bedroom remote controlled gas fireplace. When I am trying to lit it most of the time it will try to come on and then kill the pilot light. Other times it comes on but then it may turn off (completely with pilot) some time after. Any suggestions what's wrong and most importantly - any repair guy recomendations? I called one company - htey want $250 just for the visit - will keep looking.
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