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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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Appraisal Institute Releases Helpful Addendum, Green Home Clarification

A few weeks ago I shared that “Greening the MLS” can help disclose the addition of energy efficient elements in residential construction and how that might affect the liabilities of the MLS system. Last week the Appraisal Institute introduced the Residential Green & Energy Efficiency Addendum, Version 2.0. Laura Stukel, an efficiency “insider,” is developing the Real Estate Transaction […]

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Recirculating Range Hoods — As Effective As Recirculating Toilets

Go to your kitchen, look above your stove or cooktop and open the cabinet door. If you don’t see a round pipe installed inside the cabinet, you most likely have a recirculating vent hood. They’re cheap, easy to install and you may as well be sitting at a smokey camp fire waiting for the wind […]

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Oscars for Remodeling – More Drama Than a Kardashian Divorce

I ran across this piece submitted by Paul Lesieur of Remodel Crazy. Great pun on the drama that sometimes surrounds a residential rehab project. How about giving out Oscars for remodeling? We could have 4 categories. Best Dramatic Performance by a Homeowner or Contractor. Nominees are: Mrs. Buttwig, homeowner and president of Women for Chocolate. For […]

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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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A First Home Mortgage to End Your Renters Nightmare

Ever been in a renters nightmare? Lazy landlord…noisy neighbor…paying a stranger’s mortgage…everyone’s renters nightmare is different. Whether it’s the neighbors holding a kegger on a quiet Saturday afternoon or losing water pressure when your landlord doesn’t care, renting can certainly have its challenges.

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MAY 2012 :: Building Safety Month

It was a law! :: If it ruins goods, he shall make compensation for all that has been ruined, and inasmuch as he did not construct properly this house which he built and it fell, he shall re-erect the house from his own means.

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