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Foundation Mapping

Foundation Mapping

Mapping the foundation of a home is a powerful way of documenting the exact state of the ground floor of a property on a specific date. Houston area soil is highly expansive and the drought that we have experienced the better part of 2011 has constricted soil bases significantly. This greatly affects the ability of... Read More
 

10 EASY WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY IN YOUR HOME

Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at InterNACHI, we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Of course, for homeowners who want to take... Read More
 

SHORT-SALE PROCESS EXPECTED TO SPEED UP IN JUNE

The short-sale process is expected to get shorter starting June 15. New guidelines issued under the Federal Housing Finance Agency will require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to give home buyers of short sales notice of their final decision within 60 days. The new guidelines also will require the mortgage giants to respond to initial... Read More
 

SUPREME COURT RULES FEE SPLIT REQUIRED FOR RESPA VIOLATION

The U.S. Supreme Court decides in favor of the National Association of REALTORS’® position in a pivotal RESPA case. The following guidance on the case was provided by NAR’s Legal Affairs: In a case involving mortgage lending but which has direct application to real estate brokerage, the Supreme Court of the United States has determined... Read More
 

FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS GROWING WEARY OF SHORT SALES

First-time homebuyers are growing tired of short sales, which take nearly 17 weeks to complete, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance housing survey. While first-time homebuyers acquired 54.1% of all short-sales in November 2009, the segment’s share of acquisition activity fell to 39.7% in August with many buyers losing interest due to several factors slowing down... Read More
 
10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE AN INSPECTION

10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE AN INSPECTION

10 THINGS SELLERS CAN DO TO EASE THE INSPECTION PROCESS   1. Turn on all utilities. What is not on, can not be inspected. 2. Make sure that pets will not hinder access to any areas of the home. 3. Replace burned out light bulbs. This will avoid “light inoperable” notations on the report. 4. Test smoke and CO... Read More
 
CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOME INSPECTOR

CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOME INSPECTOR

Buying a home?  It is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make.  This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection.  The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the home being inspected.  The additional cost of hiring an InterNACHI-certified inspector is almost insignificant. You have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers,... Read More