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From understanding licensing to hiring specialized experts, prepare your clients for the home inspection process. These six tips can help. In the typical home purchase, the buyer receives only one expert review of the residence prior to purchase — the home inspector report. While economical and useful, these reports have limits that must be acknowledged. Too often, the significance of thi...
Read Post [Posted on 03/04/2015 By Susan Arnoldy]
If you can test drive a car, why not a house? That is the theory behind several programs that let buyers try out a condominium or resort home before they commit to buying. A handful of developers, listing agents and homeowners say they are willing to let potential buyers hang out with the neighbors, have dinner in the kitchen or even spend a night or two in a home before making a final decision...
Read Post [Posted on 02/09/2015 By Michelle Cannon]
The importance of hiring a reliable home inspector is one of the bedrock principles every home buyer reads and hears about from all quarters. Any Realtor® worthy of the name will be able to recommend a local home inspector with the kind of strong credentials that establish the validity of his or her report—it’s part of the full service a real estate professional brings to the ...
Read Post [Posted on 02/09/2015 By Connie Inmon]
What is a Home Inspection? It is a comprehensive report of every item the inspector is qualified to evaluate. Things like the roof, AC, structure, plumbing, electrical and a host of items. It will be a massive report that can scare the heck out of you, but no worries, it's only a report. It's like getting your car totally checked out and the mechanic writes down everything he thinks is ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/09/2015 By Gerald Page]
Today my client asked if she should have her purchased home inspected.  She didn't want to have an inspection because it was a large house and the inspection was $600.  Besides, her 5,000 sq. ft. home had been remodeled and everything was new.Absolutely you should always have an inspection.  Before the home closes, you can negotiate repairs with the seller.  After closing, they...
Read Post [Posted on 12/22/2014 By Donna Burke]
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Read Post [Posted on 12/04/2014 By Susan Greer]
Home warranties can be attractive to home owners or buyers who are looking at purchasing a property. These service contracts can cover all of a home’s major systems, such as the furnace or air conditioner, and will cover needed repairs if the appliance breaks or damaged.Some sellers are offering a home warranty to try to lure buyers.But not all home warranties are the same. Experts say you should ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/05/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 11/03/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
When you purchase a property, you need to recognize exactly just what you're buying. Imagine how irritated you would be to learn that the hot water heating unit wasn't functioning-- in the middle of a shower! This is why you should have a home inspection before you get your home. A house inspection is a fundamental part of purchasing your home. Before you employ a home inspector, ask candidat...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Michael Spacek]
1. Have you ever used US Inspect for your clients home inspection services?2. Would you like to save your clients significant cost on home inspection services?US Inspect has a promotional offer for ALL Agents that have NOT used us before.  We are very interested in meeting new agents so we have a promo that will give you 50% off your First home inspection with US Inspect.It is really simple a...
Read Post [Posted on 10/07/2014 By Steve Fusselman]
Many aspects of a home last little more than a decade. Home buyers should be especially vigilant about inspecting these household components because they have a relatively short lifespan, says the National Association of Home Builders. Aluminum roof coating: 3-7 years Enameled steel sinks: 5-7 years Security systems: 5-10 years Carpet: 8-10 years Smoke detectors: fewer than 10 years F...
Read Post [Posted on 10/07/2014 By John Askins]
A home inspection is a buyer’s opportunity to see if any problems lurk that may prove expensive to fix later. Home inspections nearly always uncover something in a home to watch for or minor repairs needed. But what repairs should buyers especially be alarmed about that could possibly send them back to the negotiation table? Tom Kraeutler of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated radio show on hom...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By John Askins]
If you are currently selling your home, you may already find yourself playing the waiting game. It’s a normal course of affairs in most real estate markets—but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. You’ve got decisions to make, moving deadlines to order, but everything goes into limbo while you await the completion of the buyer’s home inspection report (and the resulting after-inspection deci...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Connie Inmon]
 The perennial champ when it comes to giving a return on your investment, an entry door replacement featuring a modestly priced steel door upgrades both energy efficiency and curb appeal. Steel doors come in many colors and can be painted to fit your exterior scheme.National average cost: $1,162ROI: 96.6%  What better way to enjoy outdoor living than on your backyard deck? At a cost...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Most states require home sellers to disclose “material” facts. But the question is, what’s material?In general, says real estate author Dian Hymer, a fact is material when it would affect a buyer’s willingness to buy at the asking price. She says too much information is almost always better than too little. Sellers who are reluctant to be straightforward about their home’s potential problems shoul...
Read Post [Posted on 09/13/2014 By John Askins]
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