Author Archives: Jill Weittenhiller

Be Prepared! Flood Facts You Can’t Ignore [INFOGRAPHIC]

According to FEMA, every home is vulnerable to flooding. Just an inch of water can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Floods can happen anywhere and anytime. Recently, flash flooding in Arizona accounted for at least 9 fatalities.

Properties in moderate- and low-risk areas account for more than 20 percent of the country’s NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) claims and receive a third of flood-related federal disaster assistance. Regardless of your home’s risk, it’s important that you are prepared in the event of a flooding. 

Want to know if your home is in a flood zone? Run a Housefax Report on your address to see your flood zone risk.

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Housefax® Enhances Its Property Report to Create the Most Comprehensive Report Available

Additional Data Provides Real Estate Agents and Consumers with Valuable Property Insights to Make a More Informed Buying or Selling Decision

July 18, 2017 – Washington, D.C. – Housefax, a leading provider of residential property reports for consumers and industry professionals, has recently announced several key enhancements to its property report. View a sample report.

According to the National Association of Realtors®, homebuyers today want information and they want it fast. They don’t want to search dozens of websites to get it. Real estate agents want a competitive edge to set themselves apart from other agents. And, they want help turning passive shoppers into confident buyers. Housefax Property Reports were designed as a solution for both.

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Should I Buy a Home or Just Keep Renting?

Dear Housefax,

I’m out of debt, and I’m now saving for a down payment on a home. It’s always been my dream to be a homeowner. But lately, I read a lot of arguments against buying a home in favor of renting. How do I know if it’s a good idea for me? Should I buy or keep renting?

Sincerely,
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HOME INSPECTOR GUIDE: How to Market Yourself to Real Estate Agents

Marketing is the cornerstone of success for any business, especially home inspectors. But it’s smart marketing that that can really elevate your business. That means being timely, relevant and personal. Whether you are new to the industry or consider yourself a pro, everyone can use help getting his/her name in front of real estate agents.

Being qualified, responsive and objective is absolutely required, but what is the secret sauce to effectively marketing yourself to real estate agents? Here are 10 easy and effective ways to market to agents plus a FREE marketing flyer (click to download)!

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The World’s Largest (and Weirdest) Roadside Attractions from All 50 States

It’s officially summer! And there’s nothing better than a great American cross-country road trip: soaking in the nation’s majestic beauty, eating in tiny roadside diners, driving 150 miles out of the way to take a selfie in front of… a 30 foot bowling pin?!

That’s right! We’ve compiled this list of the world’s largest (and weirdest) roadside attractions in each state. How many have you visited? And, which do you plan to see this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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Want to Nail Your Next Buyer’s Tour? Read This First!

Housefax Buyer's Tour Tips

There are hundreds of articles dedicated to helping seller’s agents get their listings ready for home showings. Seller’s agents can use these resources to learn how to stage a house, the best ways to market a home using new channels like Snapchat and even how to create a signature house scent. But what about buyer’s agents? Here are 5 tips that will help you prepare for your next buyer’s tour while impressing clients with your property knowledge and market expertise.

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Man Caves of Famous Celebrities (and Dads) You Gotta See to Believe

 

Celebrity Man Caves

Everybody reading this sentence has his or her own version of what could be called a “man cave.” Urban dictionary defines man cave as “a room, space, corner or area of a dwelling that is specifically reserved for a male person to be in a solitary condition, away from the rest of the household in order to work, play, involve himself in certain hobbies or activities without interruption. This area is usually decorated by the male that uses it without interference from any female influence.”

In honor of Father’s Day, we’re taking a peek at the man caves of famous celebrities who are also fathers. Plus, we’ll give you some tips on how to transform any room into your very own man cave!

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Consumer Alert: Hidden Dangers Left Inside a Meth Lab

Anne-Marie and her partner spent the better part of a year looking for a dream home in Longmont, CO that fit their budget.

They had a property under contract when they discovered that a former occupant had been a methamphetamine smoker. It was then discovered (through independent testing) that the former occupant was not only smoking meth, but cooking it also. The property’s Housefax Report shows this activity (but to our surprise, the DEA website does not.)

Professional meth lab cleanup contractors estimate that about 90% of meth labs are never discovered, and their tenants will likely never know about their homes’ toxicity. Clean up costs can easily exceed $30,000 to make the home healthy again. But even a cleaned up meth lab can pose serious health risks.

So how can you protect you and your family from this growing epidemic? Always run a Housefax Report first on a property you’re interested in buying or renting. Here are a few other things you need to know….

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How to Win a Bidding War [FREE RESOURCE GUIDE]

The real estate industry has a popular saying: “All’s fair in love, war and real estate.” For buyers, getting into a bidding war can be brutal…except for one lucky winner. In today’s heated market, homes in sought-after neighborhoods can command multiple offers and the sold price often well exceeds the asking price.

So how do you come out on top? Here’s our favorite expert advice from the pros including TV’s most favorite real estate agent, Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy. Oh and don’t forget to download the “Ultimate Resource Guide to Winning a Bidding War.” Continue reading