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Problems With Flipped Houses

Home flippers buy dilapidated houses, fix them up, then sell them again as quickly as possible with the intention of making a tidy profit. Flipped houses look shiny and new inside, but what’s going on underneath all the new drywall, carpet, and paint? Very few home buyers seem to trust flippers, and with the cheesy […]

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Brave First Time Home Buyers Buy a Fixer Upper

Smart first time home buyers use a mortgage program that finances a professional to do all the work so they can enjoy the new home rather than wallowing in the weekend work. So what does the smart, brave buyer use? It’s called the FHA 203k. This mortgage option allows you to buy a home in […]

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Training Advice For Future Minnesota Home Inspectors

I always call people back to chat about this business and give the long answers to all of these questions; there is no such thing as licensing for home inspectors in Minnesota, so there is no ‘right’ answer to these questions. I’m happy to share my time chatting about this stuff, but I end up […]

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If You Plan On Investing In A “Flip House” Do It Right

Ah the American dream. The hope that some saved investment money will yield more for you when your dreams become reality. You’ve spent hours watching the so called “Flip shows” on the DIY network and your burning desire is to be the next great guru of homes. The paint! The pretty fixtures! Everyone else is […]

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Safe Buildings Save Lives – 10 Fire Safety Tips for Your Home

As a code certified building inspector I’d like to remind you of what it takes to create and sustain safe/sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system. The awareness program is presented […]

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POORLY INSULATED ATTIC ACCESS PANELS

For at least the last twenty years or so, the most common way of insulating attics in Minnesota is to use loose-fill insulation – either cellulose or fiberglass. This is a huge improvement over fiberglass batts, because batts are nearly impossible to install in attics and they cost more money. Despite the decline of fiberglass […]

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Facebook Check-In Marketing – Step 2

As I travel about my local market and perform home inspections I find myself repeatedly visiting the same neighborhoods each month. I recognized that each neighborhood has two identifying characteristics, a name and an address. Also, I noticed that the Facebook Mobile Device App has a feature that allows the user to record both types […]

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New ASHI Benefits Introduced at Inspection World 2012 – Phoenix

ASHI Weekly Newsbrief announced 2 new ASHI Member insurance benefits.

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