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Did you know that ASHI doesn't require inspection of fire suppression systems as part of a standard residential home inspection? Because more and more homes have fire suppression systems, and because fire suppression systems are important safety systems, your clients increasingly will ask you about fire suppression systems. Most homeowners likely are not familiar with residential fire suppressi...

Whether you cater to buyers or sellers, chances are you cross paths every day with first-time homebuyers, who require very different sales approaches by Realtors. What do you know about first-time customers? What % of customers are first-time homebuyers? Of 5+ million homes sold annually, about 1/3 are to first-time homebuyers. That's a lot of home sales - about 1.6M homes annually.  No matt...

Like every other question in life, it depends. In fact, it depends on you! Are you an experienced home buyer?  Are you a first-time home buyer?  What happens if you absolutely, positively cannot attend? If you're an experienced home buyer... If you're an experienced home buyer, we recommend that you join us for the last half hour.  For example, if your home inspection starts at 1:00 P...

About 95% of all real estate transactions reach a successful close. The NAR's Realtors Confidence Index Survey data varies from month to month but, generally speaking... 75% of total contracts sail through without delays 20% of total contracts have delay hiccups 5% of total contracts fall by the wayside Why Do Real Estate Transactions Fall by the Wayside? This is where the data g...

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition – William Arthur Ward. But what happens when your windows are cloudy? You might think your cloudy window is just a cosmetic issue. Unfortunately, cloudy windows are not just cosmetic issues – cloudy windows are defective windows. Clouds are just symptoms of an underlying defect, the result of which is that the window no longer provides its...

Should you have a new home inspected just before closing? No – You should have a new home inspected at least four times. Here are the milestones: Foundation – Inspect after forms have been removed and prior to back-filling soil against the foundation walls. Minimizes potential long-term problems that otherwise may occur if not identified early and corrected by the builder. Pre-Dr...

Yes! Dirty and clogged air filters waste money on energy costs and cause damage to your HVAC system. #1 reason for HVAC system failure? Dirty air filters. #1 reason for dirty air filters? YOU! Despite our best intentions, calendar reminders, or strings we tie to our finger, we generally forget to change the filters. What's the Big Deal with a Dirty Air Filter? A dirty filter restr...

Many homeowners have homes with asphalt shingle roof coverings which are splotchy, i.e., lighter here, darker there. (Splotchy really is a word, look it up!) Take a peek at the photo and guess which areas are stained - lighter or darker? We hope it's obvious but if it's not, the darker areas actually are stained brown or black from algae. Don't worry if you got the wrong answer, lighter ...

Summer energy bills skyrocket just like fireworks when it’s steaming hot outside. Here’s a list of five cost-saving methods to help you declare independence from high energy costs. +1F:-3% No that's not some crazy, dark art Algebra. It's a simple ratio. For each 1F increment above 72F, you save about 3% on your cooling expenses. Now, we’re not math geniuses, but if your monthly energy bill...

Does it seem like there’s a month for everything? January – Cervical Health Awareness. March – Colorectal Cancer Awareness. Our favorite is September – Fruits and Veggies.  Seriously?  It’s very disappointing there’s no Pizza and Pasta Month. But never fear, June is here. And it’s National Safety Month. However, unlike a plugged toilet, home safety is not a joking matter. Because when something...