So...I bought a house with a combo brick and stucco exterior. The house was built in 1880 and has some damage to the masonry due to water damage. I did my research on the difference between 1880 mortar and the super strong suff that's made today and set off getting estimates from masonry contractors. I'm now being told that because the house is (and will continue to be) painted that it's not necessary to match the mortar and that is in fact better to use the newer, stronger material. The difference between having the tuckpointing work done by a masonry contractor (and then subsequently getting the house painted) and having a painter do everything is in the thousands of dollars. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.