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Jodee herself is a very great person and very professional. The receptionist on the other hand is very rude.
Excellent work! Highly recommend and will refer all lawyers and fixers! Works behind the scenes! No mess no fuss! Handles Business!
Crooks! I can't rate them low enough!
The most friendly group of people I’ve ever seen. The greatest experience with a law firm ever. They make you feel like family instead of just another client. Thanks.
Do not rent from Regency Management in Enterprise, Alabama. They will move you into a home with known issues, claim to work on fixing them and then attempt to charge you for those same repairs upon move out. For us this included a nonfunctioning pool, bogus yard work charges, and damage from previous tenants. They take advantage of the military community by exploiting the urgency of a PCS and not being transparent during the move out process to ensure they keep as much of your deposit as possible. Their customer service is horrific due to the high turnover of their property managers (we had four in three years) and the complete arrogance of their management team, who behave as untouchables because of their local relationships. You have been warned.
After 3 years and no damage we still had to pay $400 in cleaning. The house was in less than stellar shape when we moved in. There might have been dust on a fan and stuck on burnt food in the oven that was cleaned. They know you can't fight once you have moved with the military. It better be spotless and I mean spotless when you move and they will still find something to do to take your deposit.
I would give this company No stars if it were an option. Please, take my advice, do NOT use this realty company. You will NOT get your deposit back. The owner is money hungry and needs a class in ethics. Please, please, please do not use this company. Any one other than this group is 100 times better. Don't let the smiling, polite secretary and real estate agents allow you to be charmed into using this company! Shady is the best description by far
Horrible company! We had Realty Executives handle our property in Enterprise for about 8 years. The first couple years seemed to go smoothly, but for the last 6 years or so we have had nothing but problems with them and an EXTREME lack of professionalism and basic courtesy. The turnover rate at the company seemed to be through the roof, as we were constantly in communication with different people every few months. There were many issues with the organization of the finances of the company and our property and we had to spend hours trying to figure out missing statements, receipts etc. Realty Executives would take days and weeks to get back to simple emails. There were many times that I had to email repeatedly and call repeatedly to even get acknowledged that they were aware of the issues. I found out that the blatantly lied to our tenants regarding repairs that had never been fixed, because we were never made aware of them. We stayed with them because we are military and were never in the area. It got so bad that we had to eventually spend money to buy a last minute flight to go down to the home to take care of a multitude of issues that we were never told about and to cease the contract that we had with them. They have been blacklisted with the military multiple times for good reason. They ended up costing us thousands of dollars of damage to our home, because of the lack of care and information provided to us by them. They seem to have connections (or possibly literally be part of the business) to a company called ESMAC, which they have "fix" almost all of the issues in homes. They had this company come fix the same problem in our home about 5 times over the course of a few years, and it was never properly fixed. The company never checked or cared about the work that was done and we actually had ESMAC create more damage to our home. The absolute worst part of Realty Executives is their complete lack of customer service and common courtesy. I was lied to multiple times regarding when and who would get back to me about issues that needed to be addressed and felt as though we literally needed to physically be in their office to gain any response or information regarding our property. Stay away and don't make our mistake of dealing with the company...it will be a detriment to your financial and emotional well-being. We are very disappointed in the lack of customer service, attentiveness and the handling of our home by Realty Executives.
As you read through the reviews you will notice a trend. Individuals who have their properties managed by Realty Executives think their great, while individuals who rent or lease through them think they are worthless. I am the later of the two and have had continuous issues with them on reaching satisfactory problem resolution (one that doesn't only benefit the owner). They treat my wife with little respect when she contacts them and are a product of a town that knows the renters will continue to pour in no matter how poorly they treat their current tenants. With that being said, just consider this, how many unresolved complaints do you think it took to get Ft. Rucker's CG to black list a rental company? This is not a decision he would make quickly or without significant thought. Just a point to ponder, but do what you think is best.
MILITARY BEWARE ! This place is shady, I was Dual Military bought a condo. I am missing statements of where my money went. I never got paid on time. There were months and months where i had to call and ask them where my rent money was. I had a renter out of my condo for 3 months and didn't even know until I made the property manger go check my home. I fired them and now with Century 21.
The locks installed on the doors and windows of every home represent the most common, and perhaps most effective, form of security. That means locks can be taken for granted, until they no longer work properly or the key is lost. Homeowners should work to understand the basics behind these essential household devices, as well as how to address common problems related to them.
The concept behind a lock-and-key mechanism has been around for centuries, so it's no surprise that their basic design hasn't changed much in recent years. At the same time, a number of different types of locks are now available to meet specific needs.
Perhaps the most common type of lock is the pin tumbler lock. Enclosed in a doorknob, these devices contain spring-loaded pins of varying sizes, which must be pushed upward before the knob can be turned to open the door. When the correct key is inserted into a pin tumbler lock, the grooves on the key's blade push the pins up to the precise height needed to allow the inner chamber to turn. Pin tumbler locks are popular because they are relatively secure for most residential applications and generally inexpensive. Since the entire locking mechanism in this device is contained in a single cylinder, pin tumbler locks are also very easy to swap in and out. This comes in handy in apartment buildings, for example, where locks may need to be changed frequently as tenants come and go.
Pin tumbler locks come in a number of configurations. In residential environments, they are the primary mechanism for operating knob locks and deadbolts. Most exterior doors on homes and apartment buildings will have at least one of each of these locks. Knob locks are quick to open and can be convenient when minimal security is acceptable, but they are very easily forced open. When paired with a deadbolt, the door becomes much harder to open. Deadbolts work by driving a thick metal rod into the door frame, which prevents most quick methods of defeating locks, like using a shim or brute force. Still, deadbolts aren't impenetrable, as they can be lockpicked or defeated with much stronger ramming force.
Other common types of residential locks include mortise locks, which combine the action of a doorknob and deadbolt in one. Mortise locks engage a deadbolt with the turn of the key, just as normal. But upon unlocking, the doorknob will open in tandem with the deadbolt. These locks tend to be much stronger than traditional deadbolt designs, but are often harder to install and thus more expensive.
Finally, there's the "jimmy-proof" deadbolt, a type of lock often found in older residences. These locks engage a metal rod that fits into a separate chamber outside of the door frame, rather than through the frame. While its design is simple, it has many advantages over traditional deadbolts or mortise locks. It is impervious to being pried open like many deadbolt systems could be, hence the "jimmy-proof" name. It is also typically harder to pick, and is very inexpensive.
When a lock stops working, no matter where it is in your home or office, it's likely to be a source of frustration. However, it's rare for a lock to suddenly fail to open without exhibiting some signs beforehand.
Common lock problems include issues opening or engaging the lock, or difficulty securing a door in the proper position to lock it.
Since locks are essential security devices that might be used multiple times per day, they are bound to wear out eventually. Rekeying or replacing locks can be done on your own in some cases, but may require a professional locksmith.
When a lock is rekeyed, the cylinder containing the tumbler and pins is removed from its enclosure and replaced with a new cylinder. This is often done when a new tenant moves into an apartment that was previously occupied, but it may also be necessary if a lock needs to be replaced.
Replacing all components of a cylinder lock, or working with locks that don't use a pin tumbler system, requires a different procedure for replacement. Installing a new lock of the same type will be the most straightforward option.
If you want a new lock that is different from your old set, more advanced installation is required, and you may want to consider hiring a professional for the job.
The term locksmith traditionally referred to people who designed and built locks, but today is generally used for those who repair and replace locks. Locksmiths can be available on-call to help people if they're locked out of their home or apartment.
If you've lost your keys or are otherwise unable to enter a locked building that you normally have access to, you will need to call your local locksmith. To save money and ensure you're hiring a reputable contractor, it may help to do some research on locksmiths in your area ahead of time, so you can be prepared if you need to call one.
Upon arrival to your home, a locksmith should ask you to prove that it is in fact your residence. They should also be able to unlock most common locks without requiring them to be drilled or completely replaced. Be sure to obtain an invoice that lists all charges before agreeing to pay.
Locks are ubiquitous around the world, which means the skills to service them are always in demand. Becoming a locksmith could be a rewarding career opportunity, but like any other job, will require a bit of preparation.
Locksmiths do not generally require formal education, but need to undergo extensive hands-on training and possibly certification. Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management.
From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification, which involves a standardized procedure that, once completed, allows locksmiths to legally conduct business in their state.
Successful locksmiths need to be skilled with their hands and in the use of tools. While these skills are essential for the day-to-day tasks that a locksmith performs, they also benefit immensely from being personable and able to work with people to solve problems.
There are a number of trade associations and organizations for locksmiths that may help them find work, receive training and connect with like-minded business partners. These organizations may also help consumers find a reputable locksmith. Locksmith trade associations in the U.S. include:
Contact these organizations to learn more about how to become a locksmith, or how to go about choosing the right professional for your needs.