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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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Home Inspector Business Development at Deep South Inspector Conference

The Deep South Inspector Conference included Hollis Brown sharing the Do’s and Do Better’s of the home inspection business. He says, “you learn in two ways, by repetition and by shock”. The key is to not be repeatedly shocked! Hollis Brown came to the home inspection profession in 1997, a 25‐year veteran of the east coast home building […]

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Appraisers Performing Your Home Inspection – This Could Get Messy

We have a very messy smelly soup brewing. It relates to certain federal governmental agencies promoting the appraisal industry to perform property evaluations (AKA – Home Inspection). ASHI, the association of which I am a proud member, and its Board are doing everything possible to resolve this issue sensibly.  However, ASHI will need your help. Since appraisers […]

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Video – Scan this #barcode and see “How to Add SafeHome Inspections to iPhone Home Page” #home #inspection #ASHI twitter.com/MSHomeInspecto… — Gary Smith (@MSHomeInspector) February 17, 2013   Twitter has rolled out an easy (and great looking) embedded tweet feature. Here are a few examples. Here’s what the standard text tweet looks like. Gary Monfeli […]

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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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The Real March Madness: House Hunting with First Time Home Buyers

Imagine the scenario: you head out on a beautiful spring Saturday afternoon, driving around neighborhoods looking for the tell-tale signs of homes for sale. After a few “that’s a nice house” reactions you come across a home that just seems to speak to you. The porch is perfect. The windows invite you to come up […]

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The Golden Rule – Reciprocate

Reciprocity: in-kind, whether positive or negative, responses for the actions of others. Or…as mentioned in “The Golden Rule”, one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. But, do you “expect” something from others when you offer a favor? For me, reciprocity is centered more on “trading” favors than making a negotiation […]

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