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landscape Renovation 2015

As homeowner associations age, both structures and landscape wear out. And just like those groovy harvest golds and avocado greens of the 70s, landscape tastes have changed. Fortunately, the varieties of plants available have made the options wonderful and numerous. The best news of all is that creative use of these options coupled with the latest irrigation technology can significantly reduce both maintenance and utility costs. That is landscape news every HOA can use: more is less. Here are few pointers to get the landscape renovation process moving:

1. Develop a Landscape Plan. Rather than cruising Walmart looking for plant bargains, hire a landscape architect who will integrate site, irrigation, curb appeal and maintenance needs in a comprehensive plan. This plan will include specific plant selections that are placed appropriately for best impact. The plan can then be bid by a variety of installation contractors so the HOA can get the best value.

2. Convert Turf to Planting Beds. Reduce maintenance and water costs. Bushes have deeper roots than turf and require less water.

3. Tree Thinning and Replacement. Developers are notoriously bad about planting too many trees, the wrong kind or letting the low bid dictate the number or mix. Generally, since new trees come in small calipers, it takes more of them to make the desired marketing impact. What did the job 20 to 30 years ago has now produced an over dense mix of trees that are too close to buildings, roads and walkways. An arborist can evaluate the mix and make removal and replacement recommendations to suit a mature landscape.

4. Modernize the Irrigation System. Recent improvements to irrigation technology now deliver water where and when it’s needed. With more zone control, turf and planting beds receive differing water amounts. Rain override sensors eliminate cycles as needed. Drip irrigation provides steady yet low water flows to planting beds. Buried drip systems apply water directly to the roots, and reduce water loss through evaporation and runoff. Drip systems are coupled with traditional sprinkler systems to deliver water efficiently.

For any homeowner association over 20 years old, the time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things. But few things are more compelling than landscape renovation. Cut costs, lower maintenance, improve curb appeal and up market values…a true plantasy.


About National Realty Group

National Realty Group was founded in October 1991 by Jeff Maas. It started as a two man office but soon grew to a medium sized office. One of the original agents formed a new home development company soon after. Steven Walker Homes is now a large national home builder. Southfork Mortgage Company Corp. was founded in April 1990 by the owner of a large home builder. Jeff Maas stepped in as its Broker in September 1993. With the help of Jeff Evens, Jeff Maas was able to expand the company. In July 1994, the owner of Southfork retired and Jeff Maas and Jeff Evens purchased the company. They continued the growth and soon built it into a multi-million dollar corporation. National Realty Group remained separate until Jeff Maas sold it to Southfork Mortgage in 1996. This allowed the owners to expand National Realty Group while allowing its agents to provide mortgage services to their clients. In 1996, a branch office of Southfork and NRG was opened in San Bernardino. It was later moved to Redlands in the most well-known office in the city. In 1998, they opened an office in Temecula in the Temecula Valley Bank office. The offices were expanded and closed 45 million in real estate and loan transactions in 1998. In 1999, Jeff Maas purchased the company from Jeff Evens becoming sole owner and broker. Shortly after the name was changed to National One Mortgage Corp. The company outgrew its 3000 square foot office in Riversideand moved to a building of approximately 6000 square feet. The growth continued at a spectacular rate. The company grew to over 40 agents within one year. The expansion continued with the addition of 2800 square feet and later adding more space for a combined total of nearly 13,000 square feet. At our peak we had over 125 agents and 12 employees in the Riverside office alone. During the summer of 2003, we opened an office in Temecula at the corner of Rancho California and Margarita. This office was soon bursting at the seams with 42 agents and 3 full time employees. Due to the increased demand for our unique programs, by the public and real estate agents, offices were opened in Corona and Ontario in early 2005. The year saw more amazing growth with offices opening in Moreno Valley, Hemet, Las Vegas and Norco. Rancho Cucamonga and Phoenix opened the first part of 2006. A Murrieta office opened summer of 2007. The economy has not been kind to many real estate and mortgage companies. We have remained strong and successful. Our business model of a One-Stop Shop provides the exact service and convenience the Home-Buying public desires and needs.


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