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Price negotiations are a part of most real estate deals. Buyers are in a better position to negotiate conditions found during their home inspection if they approach it the right way. Keep the following tips in mind when negotiating the price of a home: 1. Choose your inspector carefully: While bu...
03/27/2010
Four Real Estate Deal Killers In a buyer's market people can be picky. Therefore, more home sellers are getting a pre-listing home inspection to help identify potential deal-breaking issues. This way, sellers can fix problems and worry less about a buyer walking away later in the deal process. W...
02/28/2010
Check your know-how on various homeownership related matters. See how many questions you can answer correctly. (The answers are listed at the end.) True or False?1. Gutters should be hung as level as possible.2. Flat roofs are more prone to leakage than other roofs.3. When purchasing an A/C syste...
02/19/2010
Recently, the inventory of homes for sale has grown to an all-time high. As a result home prices have declined in many major markets for the first time in almost a decade. Many home buyers are holding out, assuming that they will get a better deal down the road, but savvy buyers are not waiting. ...
02/14/2010
Forced warm air heating is the most common type of heating system found in homes today. The operatingprinciple behind these systems is quite simple. All the basic components in the system are contained in an air-handling unit referred to as a furnace. The furnace is operated by a thermostat and a...
02/11/2010
SATISFACTORY - Element was functional at the time of inspection. Element was in working or operating order and its condition was at least sufficient for its minimum required function, although routine maintenance may be needed. Items are covered by The HouseMaster Limited Inspection Guarantee fo...
02/07/2010
Impress Your Buyer - Ten Tips to Improve Your Home Inspection Sellers can benefit more from a Home Inspection by following these Suggestions. The inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing. If you are the purchaser of the property to be inspected, please have your agent get...
02/07/2010
ANSWER EACH QUESTION TRUTHFULLY TO YOURSELF! Have you established a market for yourself, just for you? Instead all over the board! Should you specialize? Why list something that isn't ready for selling or client thinks it is worth more than you know that it is, for you to put your name behind the...
02/07/2010
Re-blogged by 0 agents HouseMaster Stresses Buyer Education as Home Sales Rise (edit/delete) HouseMaster Stresses Buyer Education as Home Sales Rise Highlights Red Flags for First-Time Home Buyers HouseMaster, the first and one of the largest home inspection franchisors in North America, stresse...
02/07/2010
The following is a list of best practices and suggested uses for HouseMaster Library articles: Consider a "themed" newsletter and use a collection of the articles that fit into a theme. Some examples include: "interiors", "exteriors", "plumbing/electrical", etc. Consider developing a quick refere...
02/06/2010
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