Home Inspector

Feb. 27, 2018

Home Inspections-Not Just For Buyers Anymore

Inspect before selling for sale sign real estate

You decided to sell your home, whatever the reason or motivation. You hire a real estate agent and in this hot market your agent recommends getting a home and pest inspection prior to listing your home. Why?  Isn’t that something a buyer is going to do anyways? Why should you ...

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Feb. 27, 2018

Mercury News Article - Be an investor, not a landlord

This week I started working for some people from the Bay Area who decided to sell their residential investment property in the Sacramento area. I’m happy to help them, but my heart is breaking. That’s because during the years they’ve owned this property, they also acted as landlords...

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Nov. 28, 2017

Research your home inspector to avoid horror stories

Here is my latest newspaper (and online) column! It's a joy to share some of my expertise on a regular basis with readers of Bay Area News Group publications such as the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and more. Please send me your column ideas!

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April 5, 2017

Home Warranties…Worth it or a Waste?

Nothing escapes the ravages of time, especially the mechanical and structural components of a home.  Eventually Father time comes calling or plain bad luck comes into play.  If you have ever owned a home, you are all too aware of this fact.  It would be great to have some assurance ...

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March 14, 2017

Pool or No Pool?

I have been seeing a lot of Pool Construction Trucks driving through town this week.  The hint of warmer weather and lack of rain are starting the itch to get a pool built before those unbearably hot days of Sacramento heat.  If you are like me without a pool, you ...

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Feb. 28, 2017

Help! My House Appraised Under Value!

Do you ever feel that Real Estate is one big Panic Button moment?  If you do, you have lots of company.  The whole process from preparing to list a home to making an offer to your move date, can feel like you never know what is coming at you next ...

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Feb. 22, 2017

Should I Add My Boyfriend to Title?

Love and families are complicated at best.  So is real estate.  I have had several transactions recently where the homebuyer wondered if they should add a girlfriend/boyfriend to Title on the property they were purchasing.  To answer that, you have to understand what Title is and how it affects ...

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Feb. 14, 2017

Rodents? Seriously? I had no idea.

So, you had a pest inspection performed and it comes back clear or maybe with a touch of dry-rot.  No doubt you are relieved.  Then, the home inspector notes evidence of rodent activity (some of the pictures are really gag inducing and leave you with a very creepy feeling).  You ...

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Feb. 7, 2017

Judging a School By Its Cover (AKA...test scores)

Looking at school rankings can make your head spin.  If all of the acronyms don’t send you over the edge, the variance in numbers between the plethora of websites from which can pull data will certainly do the trick.  You may want to avoid the topic all together but chances ...

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Jan. 31, 2017

Do Rain and Real Estate Mix?

The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually.

 

How does all this glorious, drought eliminating, rain affect the Real Estate Market?  In the long term, it is unlikely to affect the El Dorado and Placer County markets.  Market performance is ultimately determined by interest rates ...

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