• Berkeley 4-Bedroom Victorian

    Buying a new home, especially in a competitive market where you need your money to go as far as it can, leads to some pretty nerve-racking internal calculations. In an ideal world you would shop…   Read the Article

  • According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, more than 85 percent of homebuyers who applied for a mortgage also requested an inspection -- not too surprising, since home inspections can reveal…   Read the Article

  • Aaah, INSPECTIONS. One word that fills homebuyers with a strange mix of excitement (at the prospect of spending more time in the house and squeezing the inspectors for advice on their HGTV-inspired…   Read the Article

  • Most real estate freak-outs are the result of surprises. If your place has some obvious imperfections and you put it on the market, it’s no big whoop when the inspectors confirm what you already…   Read the Article

  • Foggy windows are easy to spot, but they can be a big problem. Look for condensation and water in between double-paned windows. That's a sign the seals around the window's edges aren't working and…   Read the Article

  • The property inspection is a critically important part of the homebuying process. Most buyers like to know that the home they will be purchasing is structurally sound and that the systems are safe.…   Read the Article

  • When selling your home, you will be required to disclose any and all material defects which could affect the buyer’s enjoyment of the property. In short, if a condition exists or has existed in the…   Read the Article

  • A professional home inspector is allowed access to all areas of the house -- basement, attic, crawl spaces, practically everything. Why not you? Serious sellers don't have anything to hide…   Read the Article

  • Maximize Your Home's Curb Appeal: Clean Up the Exterior

    Sellers don't always disclose the whole truth to potential homebuyers, especially if they're eager to sell (or "motivated" in real estate lingo). But you can't afford to get a professional inspection…   Read the Article

  • You may not be an electrician, but you can flip a switch. During your home tours, make sure all the switches and outlets function properly. Flickering lights, circuits that don't work, and warm …   Read the Article