REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE
Statement by Nori: Real estate is a continuing thread in my life. At age thirty-two I started taking care of houses and commercial properties. When I got my real estate license in 2006, it was the culmination of seventeen years of experience. I joined the Realtors and started selling houses for Century 21, but within a year the market crashed!
I continued with the Realtors for several more years, serving on the SEVRAR Legal Committee and Education Committee. People at SEVRAR encouraged me to open my own real estate school, which I did in 2009. Then in 2010, I got my dream job teaching online at Mesa Community College.
I have real estate sales agent license and real estate instructors license, and continue to take care of property. I also have a master's degree and based my thesis on whether to use art therapy with juvenile delinquents. Besides real estate, I spend the rest of my time on writing and public speaking. You can look me up on Amazon.com or Google.
New Life for a 2.75 Acre Waterfront Community
Renovation Project of a Worthy 1975 Multifamily Condominium Community
Presentation by Nori Muster
March 14-17, 2011
After having this on the list for several years, the board approved lamps from Lowes home store that fit our tastes and our budget. We bought a total of sixty-one fixtures.
Here's our old hardware, notice all the various styles of lamps that had accumulated over thirty-five years. Now all the fixtures match and all the bulbs are fluorescent or LED. This has lowered our utility bill.
Parking Lot Work
April 12, 2011
Good news for the community! We got beautiful new parking lots!
Renovation of Pool Deck
The pool deck had never been coated since it was built. We used Olympic Rescue It! Wood and Concrete Resurfacer to erase thirty-eight years of wear.
Clubhouse Door Repairs
Renovate Buckled Sidewalk Area
This buckling sidewalk (above) was removed in 2012. This is how it looks now (below).
Renovate Blue Awnings
Damaged awnings (before, above). Wood replaced or repaired, and painted (after, below). The property has seven of these awnings.
Roof Line Repairs
Repairs to fix a leaky roof in February 2009. The roof had gaping holes behind the gutter. This is how we fixed it.
Note new flashing to go behind the gutter.
Updating the Landscape
Before - all the oleanders were trimmed into cones, bon-bons, or squares. This was unhealthy for the plants and they never flowered. Or if they got flowers, the landscapers quickly shaved them off. Plus, they were all sticks on the inside, with only a thin coating of green foliage.
Nearly every planter on the 2-3/4 acres looked neglected and rundown.
Landscaping After Photos
The Board deputized me to work with the landscapers to renovate the planters. They helped me move boulders and other rock, but I did a lot of the work single-handedly. We also walked the grounds to brainstorm which of the one hundred oleanders could become trees, and which needed to be rejuvenated every spring. It took a few years to turn the planters around, but the current Board continues to upgrade the landscape.
Above: this is how oleanders look when you rejuvenate them in the spring. They grow back with lots of flowers.
Below: this is how they look when you turn them into a tree. Anytime we find an oleander with a thick main trunk, we turn it into a tree.
Deferred Maintenance Index
Following is a partial list of all the items we repaired between 2009-2013.
New Lighting, March 14-17, 2011
Parking Lot Work, April 12, 2011
Renovation of Pool Deck, August-September 2013
Clubhouse Door Repairs, August-September 2013
Renovate Buckled Sidewalk Area, 2012
Renovate Blue Awnings, 2011
Upstairs Walkway Renovation, August 29, 2011 - January 11, 2012
Roof Line Repairs, February 2009
Landscape Updates, all years
2015 and Beyond, latest before and after photos
Added ten tons of top soil to depleted planters, fall 2012
Clean and paint balcony wall and patio walls in the 108-208 entrance
Clean and paint three metal water main covers near driveway
Clean glass lenses in pool area pocket lights.
Clean gutters and cut back trees when necessary.
Clean, scrape, and paint pool gates and other metal gates and railing
Convert all spotlight fixtures to one bulb (instead of two or three bulbs).
Cover out-of-code electrical outlet under faucet by pool equipment closet
Fix fluorescent lamps in mailbox and pool area.
Fix loose pool railing near deep end.
Fix patio gates on units 108, 109, 119, 117, pool area, and others
Fix plumbing in vacant unit #220 to prevent water damage, detach gutter pipe from going through the west wall out on the balcony to prevent water damage.
Fixed foot lamps that had broken off, or been kicked, or hit with lawn mowers. Many of these had live wires. Remove damaged light fixtures and installed proper caps to bring the electrical up to code. There were several along the perimeter on Sandpiper, one near the pool area, two on the south pool gates, and one near unit 110.
Identify and remove rusted out water heater in clubhouse.
Identify and repair three electrical conduits that were hanging off the wall, causing a hazard. Two in parking lot and one near unit 119.
Install a switch to override electric eye on outdoor lighting
Install hose racks in pool area and near unit 101
Install solar lights in pool area.
Install two doggie stations—plastic bag dispensers for dog walkers.
Locate and caulk bee entry holes.
Parking lots: move unwanted clutter to dumpster area, parking spots, stairwells. Throw large items left near dumpster (nearly every month).
Patch and paint stucco cracks along retaining walls and patio walls.
Patch stucco holes and cracks around property (ongoing)
Patch stucco holes from awnings, TV cables, etc., in approximately twenty areas
Patch stucco to block bee entrance in numerous locations
Power wash cobwebs around pool entrance, breezeways, parking lots.
Preserve blue wooden awnings: sand, replace any rotted beams, elastomeric coating
Purchase new pool furniture
Rebuild pool due to leaks in pool walls
Recoat flat roofs and parapets. Rehung pool gate to unit 117 so it would stop breaking loose.
Remove and replace security gates on unit 214 for walkway work
Remove bent metal slats from wooden awnings.
Remove gutter pipe that was leaking into unit 120; stucco patch hole
Remove tattered awning from abandoned/foreclosed unit 218.
Remove two post lamps where the electrical was dead.
Renovate stucco wall in front of unit 104
Renovate stucco wall on main street
Repair block wall and replace broken blocks after parking lot accident
Repair chronic water leaks in unit 213
Repair door jam, unit 216.
Repair gate latch on unit 108.
Repair gutter near unit 215 roofline after storm damage
Repair hinge on 117 pool gate
Repair plumbing leak and drywall repair between units 201-101
Repair plumbing leak inside ceiling/floor of units 204-104
Repair plumbing leak inside walls at unit 222
Repair pool gate so it slams properly.
Repair shorts in the electrical behind four wall sconces.
Repair stucco after several parking lot nicks
Repair stucco around window of unit 213 to prevent water entry
Repair water leak and replace plywood in 218-219 common area overhang
Repairs to perimeter wall
Replace broken utility boxes near driveways
Replace chipped tread on staircase by unit 219
Replace clubhouse lockset to prevent unauthorized entry.
Replace damaged (new) lamp on 112 patio
Replace pool gate hinge
Replace post lamp near dock
Replace rotted wood around clubhouse foundation
Replace several broken pocket light lenses in parking lot and pool area.
Replaced plate covers on foot lamps
Reposition sprinklers away from renovated stucco walls on the street and in front of 104
Scrape and paint discolored areas of the perimeter wall
Scrape and paint falling stucco on the parking lot side of the perimeter wall.
Scrape and prepare blue metal gates for painting
Several of the metal staircases were painted with house paint, which was cracking. Over several appointments, Eric scraped the old paint and painted it properly with Rustoleum metal primer, then paint. This affected the stairwells near units 220, 221, and 218.
Staircase handrails near #201, 204, and 220 were loose. Eric repaired these with proper anchor bolts.
Tree trimming (deferred stump removal, remove dead branches, dying trees, etc.)
Update solar foot lamps along waterfront
"Before" photos from the list above.
Three of many electrical hazards fixed 2009-2012 (before photos, above and next two).
A stucco repair job in progress in the east parking lot.
Along with our annual tree trimming in 2010, we removed this old stump.
This wall sat like this for years, then it was completely renovated to look like new.
This was the worst stair tread, but we have replaced more than a dozen to date.
We replaced our five worst curbs in the parking lot.
This unit sat empty for fifteen years. We persuaded the owners to remove their ugly old fake grass carpet!
If you look closely, you can see an exposed electrical conduit with damaged casing. Now fixed.
Now fixed and painted.
Repairs and repainting continue!
This was a mess, now completely replaced!
The wooden stairs never were quite right. Now the gate is a fence and the stairs are two new sage bushes.
Stem walls in the 1143-1149 buildings were a mess. Now they're all repaired and painted.
Upstairs Walkway Renovation
Accomplished between 2010-2011
The biggest problem was the upstairs sidewalks. Years of neglect allowed the framing to dryrot. Whenever it rained, deep puddles formed, serving to damage the structure even more. It took a while, but working together, the Board hired a structural engineer and qualified contractors to renovate the sidewalks. The condos have three thousand square feet of upstairs sidewalks, so the work was in the six figures. The contractors started August 29, 2011, and completed the work by the end of the year.
Above: contractors dig out dry rotted plywood. Next three photos show the large staircase near the pool entrance. It lacked flashing, so water got in over many years, causing dry rot. The entire structure was gutted and replaced.
Bridge to Unit 215 (below): years ago, the landlords of this unit had cut into the deck coating to install tile. The entire area around this tile was dry rotted and had to be gutted and replaced.
A look at the underside of the 215 bridge.
How it looked up top after they rebuilt the dry rotted framing.
More photos of the completed upstairs walkways, January 2012.