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As sure as the spring flows at the Fountain of Youth, a home inspection provides a stream of knowledge to wash away the fears of homebuyers. But fear may be replaced by frustration if the wrong inspector is chosen!
Should Tradesmen be Home Inspectors?
I will support the idea that no one knows each trade better than a person specifically from that trade, but that approach to home inspecting has several glaring flaws.
If real estate agents have ever found it a challenge to deal with the issues discovered during a home inspection by a home inspector, then you have to believe that sorting the detail, or rather lack of detail, from a dozen different trades people is a challenge that could be insurmountable!
Talk about a state of confusion!
Let's leave home inspecting to the professionally trained home inspector and leave the installation and repair of specific systems to the people who install and repair!
This subject and more about the interactions and relationships in real estate are discussed in Wally Conway's book, "Secrets of the Happy Home Inspector", available at GoHomePro.com or Amazon.com. As a speaker, writer, instructor, and host of The Happy Home Inspector radio show every Saturday at 3 PM on WOKV 690, Wally blends the right amount of up-to-date information with just the right amount of humor, insight, motivation, and real-world application.
Why Mobile Homes?
There are mobile homes for sale, for much less than stick-built houses, in most areas of the country. Despite persistent predjudice against them, and sometimes the people living in them, mobile homes are the cheap housing choice of millions.
Flipping Houses for Gold: Three Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Fixer
Many real estate investors enjoy "flipping houses," or buying and selling houses quickly for profit. Not all flips are fixers.
Real Estate Investing Deals That SkyRocket Your Net Worth 10-Fold
Consider these parameters for a real estate deal:Property Value: $250,000 Purchase Price: $160,000 Repairs: $2,500If you analyze the numbers, you see that the equity available in this deal is $87,500 (Property Value minus Purchase Price minus Repairs).So here's a hypothetical question for you: Assuming that the information above is accurate, and the property is located in an area that you view as acceptable and/or favorable, then:If I offered to give you this deal in exchange for $10,000 in cash, would you do it?Remember - this is hypothetical.
How to Own a Dream Home in Spain
Every year hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors travel to Spain to delight in the fantastic weather, stunning natural landscapes, excellent entertainment options and superb Mediterranean beaches. Many of these people dream of one day owning their own property in Spain, in fact Spain is now one of the most desirable second home and retirement destinations in the world.
Land for Sale
Think owning land would cost a fortune? Think again! While land prices on the extreme coasts motors upward, there are millions of parcels for sale throughout the USA that can fit into anyone's budget. There is probably a land deal that could make you a profit happening right under your nose right now.
San Antonio Texas Real Estate
The San Antonio, Texas real estate market is still going strong even after several years of growth.San Antonio ranks as one of the most affordable cities in the nation to purchase a new home.
Property Auction & Why You Should Run A Mile From Them
That's A Funny Thing To Say About Property Auctions; They're All The "RAGE, Aren't They?"From The Desk Of Colm DillonHello Colm here ..
Escrow Accounts - Are You Paying Too Much?
Money in escrow is "dead money". It doesn't earn interest for you and it doesn't reduce your mortgage interest payments.
What To Expect From Your House Appraisal
Having your house appraised can be a scary step in the moving process, especially if you don't know what to expect. Will your house pass muster or will they find some hidden defects and problems lurking in the basement and attic? Should you scrub the house clean?Don't worry - this isn't a test of how clean you keep your house or even if your house has problems (that will be for the home inspector to find out).
Top Ten Suggestions for Selecting a Real Estate Agent
In order to find a real estate broker or agent who meets your needs and makes your buying or selling experience a positive one, Century 21 Real Estate Corporation recommends you:DO NOT blindly walk into or call a neighborhood firm and ask for an agent at random.Ask friends and family for recommendations.
Selling Houses: Design Psychology Works!
I've taught the concepts of Design Psychology for many years, and I know how much it can empower a person, and allow them to create a fabulous home that sustains their emotions. Since it's based on science, I know that Design Psychology is effective at turning plain spaces into happy places.
Selling Your Property Without An Estate Agent
It is possible to save £1,000s selling your home privately and cutting out the estate agent, but what are the issues that you need to consider?Pricing the propertyPrice your property too low and you could short-change yourself from the true market value, price your property too high and you will simply put off potential buyers.Before you put your property on the market, you need to do some market research.
Home Equity - Don't Spend It on Risky Investments
The housing market has exploded in the last five years, and homeowners are finding that the equity in their homes is greater than it has ever been. The equity in a home is the difference between the market value of the home and the amount still owed on it.
Utah Real Estate
Looking to buy real estate in Utah? The market has changed over the past few years and is going to continue to change over the next few (drastically) and here are a few things you should consider before buying any Utah real estate.First, the Olympics didn't affect the state as much as people thought it would.
Looking into Buying Mobile Homes?
To own a home is one of the dreams every common man cherishes, even from the childhood. With hard work and years of savings, he might be able to build or buy a dwelling for him and his family.
What is a Home Inspection?
Any Sally and Sam Homebuyer can look at a home and decide whether it is attractive. They might notice it is freshly painted in pleasing colors, has the requisite number of rooms, a cook's kitchen and is located in a location with top schools.
3 Tips to Help You Sell Your Timeshare - For More
The values of timeshares are constantly changing. There are numerous timeshare-selling companies arriving every day.
Why is Now the Time to Buy in Turkey?
Turkey is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains, and lakes that offers the vacationer a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. From April to October, most places in Turkey have an ideal climate that is perfect for relaxing on sandy beaches or enjoying the tranquility of mountains and lakes.
Finding A Capable Agent To Meet Your Real Estate Needs
Whether you're a first-time buyer, selling your current home or relocating to a different part of the country, the support of a qualified, knowledgeable real estate agent can alleviate many of your concerns and ensure a smooth transaction. A professional agent can market your present residence, help you locate the home of your dreams and assist in making your transfer to an unfamiliar area easier.
Real Estate Appraisal - Do It Yourself
For single family homes, there are two basic methods used in real estate appraisal. They are replacement cost analysis, and using comparable sales.
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