Thursday, January 28, 2010

Foreclosures Ugh!

I think I can speak for many when I say that foreclosures have many of us pulling out our hair, assuming we have any hair left to pull out. Houses simply are not meant to be vacant for extended periods without the utilities or anyone to maintain the home.

Yet many first time buyers are attracted to the bank owned foreclosed homes because they are priced under market. The first hurdle is getting the utilities back on. I've had inspection after inspection cancel because of difficulties getting the utilities restored. Vandalized plumbing, stolen appliances, mold and deterioration of major systems abound. Many buyers don't know that these homes often need major investment.

Vacant houses don't do anyone any good and getting these properties fixed up and sold remains a huge problem for our nation. As always it is buyer beware. Get a good home inspection.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Inspection World

We'll now it is official. I've been sworn in as ASHI President for 2010. I'm excited and looking forward for great things from ASHI. The theme for this year is ASHI from Good to Great. Five new Directors have come onto the ASHI Board and I'm looking forward to working with them.

Inspection World was a great success with over 900 total attendees. IW is a great place to network, meet new friends and get great education. Success is a team effort and I would like to thank all who worked so hard to create such a successful event.

We have a lot of work to do this year and as always are focus is on providing member value. I truly believe that the best is yet to come.