A man flying a drone How one home inspector is using drones to gain an edge in business

How one home inspector is using drones to gain an edge in business

With a constant stream of modern technology hitting the market, real estate agents and other professionals are finding new and innovative ways to take advantage of 21st century technology....
By Gregg Klar | Friday, Sep 8, 2017
7 home fixes you must complete before selling

7 home fixes you must complete before selling

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can yo...
By Cara Ameer | Monday, Jul 18, 2016
Just give me 5 stars: The real deal with agent reviews

Just give me 5 stars: The real deal with agent reviews

I have been thinking about agent reviews again because they have been in the news, well not in the national news or anything but in the real estate news. According to industry experts, real estate agents are supposed to embrace agent reviews without ...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, May 12, 2016
How to keep buyer due diligence from killing a deal

How to keep buyer due diligence from killing a deal

Sellers ask me from time to time how many appraisal issues I see that might cause a deal to go awry. My response is always that I see more sales killed from due diligence than I do from a low appraisal. I recently worked on an interesting sale. The b...
By Henry W.Bailey | Monday, Sep 28, 2015
What’s one thing that can prove a home’s value and avoid litigation?

What’s one thing that can prove a home’s value and avoid litigation?

According to the BuildFax Index, approximately 7 million building permits for nonreplacement residential work were issued in the U.S. in 2014. But these building permits represent only a small percentage of the work performed nationwide by contractor...
By Michael Abdy | Friday, Aug 28, 2015
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3 things real estate buyers must stay focused on

Purchasing a house can be the most nerve-wracking experience (right next to birthing a child) for a first-time buyer. So many expectations become attached to the decision that it can easily turn a pleasant couple into two head-spinning bundles ...
By Alisha Alway Braatz | Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012
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6 extreme personality types you’ll see at open houses

From the profane, underhanded real estate agents of "Glengarry Glen Ross" (intensely depicted by an ensemble cast including Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Alan Arkin and Alec Baldwin), to the affirmation-chanting agent portrayed ...
By Tara-Nicholle Nelson | Monday, Oct 24, 2011
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Disclosing a neighborhood nuisance

DEAR BARRY: Our home inspector was a gem and saved us a lot of money by finding defects that should have been disclosed by the sellers. But now we've realized a problem that was beyond the scope of a home inspection, and which the sellers defin...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011
Thumbnail Don’t lose real estate buyers over minor fixes

Don’t lose real estate buyers over minor fixes

DEAR BARRY: Our home is in escrow. We disclosed every defect we could think of, but the buyers relied on their home inspector. The inspector didn't find any serious problems, but he did list a number of cosmetic defects and routine maintenance ...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011
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Finding fault with ‘perfect’ house

I'm sitting proxy for my buyer this afternoon at an inspection, presiding over the kitchen table just waiting for the entertainment. Inspections are like scary movies: You cover your eyes, look through the hood of your sweatshirt, and peek out w...
By Alisha Alway Braatz | Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010
New inspector seeks foot in the door

New inspector seeks foot in the door

Dear Barry: As a marketing and advertising professional, I have been assisting my husband to build his new business as a professional home inspector. But it has been more difficult to market his services than those of my other clients. How do I cr...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Mar 2, 2010
Shining light on electrical disclosure

Shining light on electrical disclosure

DEAR BARRY: Our home was built in the early 1950s and has a low-voltage relay system for lighting. We're selling the home now, and our buyers have questions that we are unable to answer. All we know is that the lights have always worked. How can we a...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009
Insurer’s HVAC demand cost $10,000

Insurer’s HVAC demand cost $10,000

DEAR BARRY: Three months after I bought my home, I got a letter from my homeowners insurance company. They threatened to cancel my policy because my furnace, according to them, was "outdated." But they never even looked at it. The new heat...
By Barry Stone | Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009
Be sure to inspect building permits

Be sure to inspect building permits

DEAR BARRY: We bought our home about four months ago and now have a big, undisclosed problem. The house is very old and was completely renovated -- not by the person who sold us the property, but two owners previous to them. Our Realtor advised us to...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009
To trust a home seller

To trust a home seller

DEAR BARRY: The home I am buying has been vacant for two years, and the sellers have not been truthful about its condition. Their disclosure statement says the furnace is in perfect working order, and they listed no other defects. Last week, I called...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009
Settlement cracks concealed by sellers

Settlement cracks concealed by sellers

DEAR BARRY: Since purchasing our home, numerous cracks have appeared in the walls. Some are as wide as half an inch. We've also noticed that patching has been done at many of these cracks, indicating that the sellers of the home were aware of the ...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Dec 30, 2008
Home-buying red flag in bathroom

Home-buying red flag in bathroom

DEAR BARRY: When we purchased our house, the home inspector found no problems with the water heater. After we moved in, the gas company came out to light the pilot. Instead of lighting it, they capped off the gas and said it is illegal to have a g...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008
Think twice before buying 1950s home

Think twice before buying 1950s home

DEAR BARRY: I'm buying a 1954 home and have just gotten the report from my home inspector. My main concern is the electrical system. According to the home inspector, the main panel has fuses, rather than circuit breakers, and the capacity of the s...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008