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6 Assumptions That Fail the FHA 203(k) Remodel

It’s not wise to take on any project without doing a little homework. With respect to the 203(k) talk it up, ask for recommendations and begin to gather an experienced “team” of professionals. You’ll be the team’s coach.

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5 Things The Seller Can Do To Prepare For A Home Inspection

Each week handymen across the country earn great money repairing homes under contract for sellers who listed their “not ready for prime time” home. There are literally dozens of issues I find each week that, if repaired in time, could have saved the seller hard earned cash. Most repairs are simple and could have been […]

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Lead Based Paint

If it’s red – there’s lead! We tested this window last week. Are you buying an older home (prior to 1978)? Your real estate agent will ask you to sign a lead paint disclosure statement (An EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards) encouraging you to consider having your home tested for […]

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Indoor Air Quality

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Gary Smith - Brandon MS Home Inspector

Brass Has No Class!

Jeeezzzz, I remember choosing this fixture for ALL my spec homes back in the 80’s and we didn’t think our homes were “cheap”! According to Mary Umberger of Inman News in her recent post at “Rooms for Improvement”, brass has no class when it comes to impressing buyers.

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Do I Really Really Need a Real Estate Agent?

Let’s cut to the chase…unless you’re ready, willing and able to do and have ALL of the following: Locate potential property. Schedule appointment to see property. Know the market trends in the neighborhood Know school district lines Contact “The Right Lender” Can locate parks and recreation, shopping and places of worship Got the inside of […]

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Proposed Rule Will Eliminate the FHA Inspector Roster

Streamlining Inspection and Warranty Requirements for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Single-Family Mortgage Insurance: Removal of the FHA Inspector Roster and of the Ten-Year Protection Plan Requirements for High Loan-to-Value Ratio Mortgages In February of this year HUD proposed this rule change: If passed, HUD proposes to eliminate its national Inspector Roster (Roster). The Roster is a list […]

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Goodman/Amana Offers FREE Inspection – DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Amana Packaged Gas/Electric Heating and Cooling units Units: About 155 Manufacturer: Goodman Company […]

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