Home inspections are a critical part of the home buying and selling process. Knowledge in the field of property inspection has become invaluable, especially in light of stricter legislation on both a state and national level. The following information sources will assist you and in turn, your clients, in understanding home inspections, the home inspection process and working with home inspectors. You will also uncover valuable tips on the importance of a home inspection and helpful links to a variety of professional home inspection organizations and useful information available to you from the National Association.
NAR & ASHI 2001 Home Inspection Survey Highlights
The majority of home buyers (77%) had a home inspection prior to purchasing their home. Among these homebuyers:
· 81% had a contingency placed in the contract for the inspection.
· 79% attended and participated in the home inspection.
· 97% believe that the home inspection was a good value for the price they paid.
More than half (54%) of home buyers had knowledge of the inspector being a member of a professional home inspector organization. Of those aware of their inspectors’ professional affiliations, the most frequently (18%) cited organization was the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
Source: NAR & ASHI 2001 Home Inspection Study, (American Society of Home Inspectors, Feb. 2001).
Buyers' Use of a Home Inspector in Home Purchase By Age of Home
· 74% - 10 Years or Less
· 87% - 11-50 Years
· 87% - More than 50 Years
Source: 2003 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Survey of Real Estate Services, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2003). HD 1375 N21 sr
Home Inspection 101
10 Questions to Ask Home Inspectors (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2014).
What a Home Inspection Should Cover (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2014).
The Home Inspector’s File (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2014).
ASHI's Virtual Home Inspection Tour, (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2014).
Staying safe and sound, (The Billings Gazette, June 30, 2013). Q
Ten tips to ensure roof reliability, (HouseLogic.com, Apr. 30, 2013).
Are your plumbing pipes worn out?, (HouseLogic.com, Nov. 12, 2010).
5 Tips for Inspecting and Maintaining Your Garage, (HouseLogic.com, Mar. 15, 2010).
Treatment Options for Getting Rid of Insects, (HouseLogic.com, Mar. 10, 2010).
The Value of Home Maintenance, (HouseLogic.com, Mar. 10, 2010).
Detect Termites and other Wood-Destroying Insects, (HouseLogic.com, Mar. 9, 2010).
Inspecting and Maintaining Your Roof, (HouseLogic.com, Feb. 17, 2010).
Fast Fixes for Common Gutter Problems, (HouseLogic.com, Dec. 4, 2009).
Can I Cut My Title Insurance Fees?, (Money, Jan. 2009). Q
Legal & Regulatory Issues
Let’s Ask the Inspector - Even If You Know the Difference Between a Ground Rod and a Two Gang, Avoid Acting Like a Home Inspector (REALTOR® Magazine Online, News and Commentary, Mar., 2011).
Community & Political Affairs—State Issues Tracker, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2014).
Cleaning Up The House; What You Can't See Can Make You Sick. How to Get Rid of it, (Newsweek, Aug. 11, 2006). Q
Quality of Home Inspection Varies by Region, (Realty Times, Jan. 11, 2008).
The New Word in Home Sales: 'Canceled'—Buyers Back Out of Deals in Record Numbers - A $30,000 Deposit Lost, (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 3, 2006). Q
The Home Inspection Professional
Existing state home inspector regulatory legislation, (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2014).
Becoming an inspector, (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2014).
Finding the Next Right Thing, (Associations Now, June 2006). Q
Home Inspections and the Real Estate Licensee, (Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education, 2003). Q
Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors, (American Society of Home Inspectors, June 13, 2004).
American Society of Home Inspectors
932 Lee St., Ste. 101
Des Plaines, IL 60016
National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers
P.O. Box 403
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
1750 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
National Association of Home Inspectors
4248 Park Glen Rd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Tel. 800-448-3942 or 612-928-4641
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