home inspection: Foreclosed home sales might be put on hold? - 10/12/10 01:06 PM
With all of the woes in home sales all we need now is for a hold to be placed on REO or foreclosed home sales... Say it isn't so!  Well apparently it is on the horizon in many states and if could be a federal mandate!
Some in Congress have called for a moratorium on all foreclosures until the documentation issue is resolved, though senior Administration officials Monday again declined to endorse that idea. Servicers that have lied to courts by filing incorrect paperwork "need to suffer the consequences for their irresponsible actions," said Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of the U.S. Department … (3 comments)

home inspection: Bed Bugs invading homes across the country! - 10/02/10 12:20 PM
I have been inspecting homes for over 15 years and I have never had anyone ask about bedbugs untill this year.  I'm not a pest control contractor, but I do know how to research and I have foundout a great deal about these little critters that I never knew.
According to experts infestations of Bed Bugs are up 5000 percent as are the number of reported attacks! The nightmare begins when a Bed Bug finds its way into your clothing; it usually happens at a hotel but can start anywhere.
Finding bed bugs in your home has nothing to do with … (4 comments)

home inspection: I'm just the home inspector, but you can still be nice to me! - 10/01/10 06:27 PM
I promise that it is not my fault and I did not do it! 
Boy, I feel like saying that several times a year when I get that call from the listing agent when the buyer did not buy the home because of what was found during the inspection.
As a home inspector we find all types of things that might not be in our area of expertise, but it does not take a rocket scientist to know that it is a problem.  Today I received one of those calls from a listing agent who was upset that I reported on … (5 comments)

home inspection: A few easy repairs and ideas the homeowner can make before the home inspection: - 09/17/10 12:30 PM
OK, now it is time for the dreaded home inspection!  First off, nobody should be dreading the home inspection, unless the house is really in poor condition.  The list of items below will help the homeowner to prepare their home so that the inspector will be able to perform the inspection with ease.  The last thing you want is for the home to be difficult for the inspector!  Clean and neat homes for some reason tend to perform better when it come to a home inspection!  Just saying........
Items the homeowner can repair or take care of before the home inspection:
 □    Prune vegetation … (4 comments)

home inspection: A summary and photos in the inspection report. - 06/01/10 11:33 AM
I have included a summary in my report for the past 15+ years, or ever since I started inspecting homes. 
Why do I include a summary?  I guess the main reason is that if as a buyer I needed an inspection I would want to have a summary in my report.  As a buyer I would want to know the high points or the problems that were found during the inspection without sifting through pages and pages of a report.  I have always treated my clients like I would want to be treated, this could be why I have been successful in my … (11 comments)

home inspection: HUD now allows for FHA financing on Flip homes! - 03/23/10 10:28 AM
The sun is now shining down on those REO homes!
 
Effective February 1, 2010 HUD will allow for homes that have been listed for sale, have been openly and fairly marketed via MLS, auction , For Sale by Owner offering, or developer marketing to qualify for FHA insurance with the intent of "flipping" the home!
The main idea and thrust behind this is to reduce the number of REO properties that have flooded the marketplace.  This program will expire a year from the date that it was enacted.  In order for a property to qualify for this special waiver one of the … (4 comments)

home inspection: Is your home a target? - 07/09/09 11:11 AM
If your siding, car, fence or any other surfaces around your house have broken out with a rash of black or dark-brown specks that do not want to come off, you are probably at war with something called Artillery fungus.
I have seen this on many homes over the years, but I have noticed a drastic increase in the number of homes that have been "shot"!  The following picture is from a home that I just inspected, even the PVC plastic privacy fence had been shot!

The artillery fungus, cannon fungus or shotgun fungus resembles a tiny cream or orange-brown … (6 comments)

home inspection: A home inspection tour {Through the eyes of a home inspector} - 03/26/09 05:10 PM
A Home Inspection Tour {Through the eyes of a Home Inspector}
This is a little on the long side but well worth the read!
The sight of an inspector going around a home inspires different feelings and emotions in different people. Sellers experience a sense of nervousness, perhaps, about what the inspector may discover. Real estate agents may be apprehensive about the possibility that the home inspector will find one too many flaws. Home buyers usually have hopeful anxiety that no major problems will turn up. Despite their differences, however, the one feeling all of these individuals have in common is … (0 comments)

home inspection: Do you have a summary in your home inspection report? - 01/30/08 10:47 AM
I have included a summary in my report since 1995, or when I started inspecting homes. Why do I include a summary?  I guess the main reason is that if as a buyer I needed an inspection I would want to have a summary in my report.  As a buyer I would want to know the high points or the problems that were found during the inspection without sifting through pages and pages of a report.  I have always treated my clients like I would want to be treated, this could be why I have been successful in my business.  I'm trying … (27 comments)

 
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