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FRED
09-29-08, 12:03 AM
That's Fake Green on Foreclosure Lawns (http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=48264&provider=top)

A Stockton company that paints dead lawns green is busier than ever because of the foreclosure crisis. The business is called Greener Grass Company and 40 times a month, owner Nick Terlouw is making brown yards look green again.

"If it rained tonight, it wouldn't wash off. It takes about two hours to dry and lasts three or four months," said Terlouw.

Terlouw is hired by real estate agents, but also by the city of Stockton when a foreclosure case becomes a code enforcement issue. He's worked for the city about a 100 times.

"In those cases, we'll hire someone to go paint the lawn. It turns the grass green and it looks decent again. We're very pleased with the quality," said Neighborhood Services Program Manager Ron Girard.

"It's a win, win for everybody. For banks, the city, realtors, even neighborhoods because we keep them looking nice," said Terlouw.

Terlouw has been so busy, one of the yards he painted Friday was next door to another yard he painted last spring.

The average cost of a yard painting is $200. When the city orders the work done, the cost is eventually claimed from the owner of the property.

AntiSpin: See? Told you it'd be better this time than in the 1930s. They didn't have lawn painting technology in those days.

metalman
09-29-08, 12:09 AM
That's Fake Green on Foreclosure Lawns (http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=48264&provider=top)

A Stockton company that paints dead lawns green is busier than ever because of the foreclosure crisis. The business is called Greener Grass Company and 40 times a month, owner Nick Terlouw is making brown yards look green again.

"If it rained tonight, it wouldn't wash off. It takes about two hours to dry and lasts three or four months," said Terlouw.

Terlouw is hired by real estate agents, but also by the city of Stockton when a foreclosure case becomes a code enforcement issue. He's worked for the city about a 100 times.

"In those cases, we'll hire someone to go paint the lawn. It turns the grass green and it looks decent again. We're very pleased with the quality," said Neighborhood Services Program Manager Ron Girard.

"It's a win, win for everybody. For banks, the city, realtors, even neighborhoods because we keep them looking nice," said Terlouw.

Terlouw has been so busy, one of the yards he painted Friday was next door to another yard he painted last spring.

The average cost of a yard painting is $200. When the city orders the work done, the cost is eventually claimed from the owner of the property.

AntiSpin: See? Told you it'd be better this time than in the 1930s. They didn't have lawn painting technology in those days.

now that's progress! :D