Information for Realtors and Their Clients
Information for Realtors to Pass on to Home Buyers
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Purchasing one’s first home is a big step in anyone’s life. New home buyers need to be aware of the important role home inspections play in the purchasing process. Our flyer entitled “Are you purchasing your FIRST home?” will give buyers valuable insight on this topic.
Excerpt from the flyer: Inspections are designed to disclose defects in the property that could materially affect its safety, livability, or resale value. They are not designed to disclose cosmetic deficiencies (for example, an interior wall that needs paint touch up). You will need to determine on your own those type of items that will need attention: don’t expect a whole house inspection to reveal them to you.
Buying a home is often one of the happiest and yet most stressful events in a person’s lifetime. Buyers can ease their stress by reading our flyer entitled Three Deadly Mistakes you can make in purchasing a home.
Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking you can’t afford it. Today, buying the home of your dreams is easier than ever before. Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own new home. Buying a home is the smartest financial decision you will ever make. In fact, most American and Canadian home owners would be financially broke at retirement if it weren’t for one saving grace – the equity in their home. Furthermore, mortgage rates are more flexible today than ever and tax allowances favor home ownership. Real estate values have always risen steadily. Of course there are peaks and valleys, but the long term the trend is a consistent increase. This means that every month when you make a mortgage payment the amount that you owe on the home goes down and the value typically increases. This owe less-worth more situation is called equity build-up and is the reason you can’t afford not to buy. Even if you have little money for a down payment or credit problems, chances are that you can still buy that new home. It just comes down to knowing the right strategies, and working with the right people.
Click here to download the pdf flyer and see mistakes number 2 and 3.
Is the home being purchased a newer home that is coming up on its ONE YEAR WARRANTY? When the initial warranty period is done buyers need an unbiased opinion on issues. Our Warranty and Maintenance Inspections flyer will help answer questions they may have about this.
Excerpt from the flyer: You have been in your new home for almost a year? The clock is ticking on that one year builder warranty. At the one year anniversary you give up almost any chance you have in getting your builder to correct any issues you may have. Our Warranty Inspection is designed just for this purpose, so you can give your builder a written document that has all of the warranty issues known to date. The key is to putting them on notice with the report before the first year anniversary date of your new home. We will inspect all of the readily visible structural elements and major systems of the home.
Home buyers need to be aware that changes in the moisture level of the soil surrounding a home’s foundation can lead to problems. Our Watering Your Foundation flyer explains this in more detail.
Excerpt from the flyer: For some soils, especially clay and similar expansive soils, even a slight change in moisture content can lead to soil movement, which might affect your home’s foundation. This is why extended periods of unusually dry weather can lead to structural movement in homes.