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Aug. 4, 2017

Why an Inspection?

Why Do You Need a Home Inspection?

 

  1. It Reveals Critical Decision Making Information

A quality home inspection can reveal critical information about the condition of a home and its systems. This makes the buyer aware of what costs, repairs and maintenance the home may require immediately, and over time. If a buyer isn't comfortable with the findings of the home inspection, they may want to re-negotiate or walk away from the purchase. Alternatively, a positive report can solidify the buyer’s decision.

  1. Safety

A home inspection can detect safety issues and make recommendations for improvements to make your home safer.

  1. Reveal Illegal Additions or Installations

A home inspection can reveal whether rooms, altered garages or basements are not constructed to code, which may indicate the improvements were not properly permitted. If a house has illegal room additions that are un-permitted, it affects the insurance, taxes, usability and most of all the overall value. In essence, a buyer is purchasing something that legally does not exist. Even new homes with systems that were not installed to code will become the new homeowners' financial "problem" to fix.

  1. Protection

Home inspections help protect all parties of the transaction, i.e. Real Estate Agents, Buyers, and Sellers, from future claims by disclosing information that may be unknown to the parties. All parties are better off with full disclosure of the condition of the home’s systems. Seller’s disclosure statements rarely provide all the information concerning possible defects and condition of mechanical equipment. Sellers may not be aware or have sufficient knowledge to disclose pertinent information. 

  1. Negotiating Tool

A home inspection report presents an opportunity to ask for repairs and/or request a price reduction or credit from the seller. Work with your realtor to understand what requests can and should be made to negotiate a better deal.

 

  1. Forecast Future Costs

A home inspector can approximate the installation age of major systems in the home like plumbing, heating and cooling, and critical equipment like water heaters. They can diagnose the current condition of the structure itself, and tell you how long finishes have been in the home. All components in the home have a "shelf-life." Understanding when they require replacement can help you make important budgeting decisions, and it will determine what type of home insurance coverage or warranties you should consider.

  1. Determine "Deal-Breakers"

Home inspections can help buyers identify how much additional money or effort they are willing and able to spend to take the home to a condition that is personally acceptable. If you are unwilling to repair issues like faulty gutters, cracked walls or ceilings, perhaps you are not ready to end your home buying search.

  1. Learn to Protect Your Investment

The home inspector is a valuable educational resource. He or she can suggest specific tips on how to maintain the home, and ultimately save you thousands of dollars in the long term.

  1. Reveal the Big Picture

People should use the home inspection to understand the nuances of what may be the biggest purchase they ever make. People fall in love with a piece of property based on the color of the walls, the location of the home, or something else; they are completely blind to the issues that can make that dream home a nightmare.

  1. Insurance

Some insurance companies will not insure a home if certain conditions are found, or without the presence of certifications like Wood Destroying Insect Reports and four-point inspections. Qualified home inspectors can do these things at the same time as their other services and save the home buyer time and money in the long run.

 

The Bottom Line

It is your responsibility to understand as many details as you can about the property you may soon call home. Home inspections reveal the inner workings of the property, allowing you to be informed of all the perks and pitfalls the home has to offer.

Posted in Inspections
Jan. 10, 2017

Do You Qualify for A Mortgage

Most do not know if they qualify for a mortgage or what size mortgage they can be qualified for.  It is always wise to reach out to an agent who can guide you to a couple of mortgage companies they have relationships with.  The advantage to you is they will work harder to make things happen for you since they want to keep that relationship with the real estate agent.  There are so many programs out there that many are not aware of .  First time homebuyer programs, select territory that will give you your downpayment without you having to pay it back, downpayment assistance programs, veteran loans the list goes on.  So make sure you are working with a mortgage underwriter that knows what they are doing and are educated on all the different programs available.

 

Getting qualified is the first step towards owning your own home and is the most important step.

Posted in Mortgage
Nov. 16, 2016

It’s Game On For Frisco Real Estate Residents

Search homes in Frisco real estateGamers who live in Frisco can get into the action at the National Videogame Museum. This highly anticipated place of play just recently opened its doors in the spring of 2016. Chronologically detailing the history and transformation of video games the museum is laid out in stages. Vintage consoles and various memorabilia are displayed. Youngsters will be amazed at the starting point of the high tech video games they now play. Multiple games are set up for visitors to play as they stroll through. A favorite stopping point is the giant console where patrons can take turn playing Pong.

It’s All About The 1980’s For Those Who Live In Frisco

It’s totally 80’s in the Pixel Dreams retro arcade. Classic games line the wall. Players can dodge traffic in Frogger and gobble to their hearts content in PacMan. Donkey Kong is smashing barrels and the dirt is flying in Dig Dug. Admission to the National Video Museum includes tokens to play in the arcade so it’s easy to jump right into the past.

Special events often take place at this facility. Upcoming and eagerly awaited is the Minecraft Engineering Workshops on December 20th. Instructors lead children ages 5 to 12 through the tools of engineering. The program utilizes both legos and the ever popular Minecraft game. Registration can be completed online.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Guided tours are available on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. and are the best way to learn the lay of the land on this piece of Frisco real estate.

Video game enthusiasts who live in Frisco will get lost in this fabulous museum. Ready, Set, Play!

 

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