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Mortgage Rates Fall As Stock Market Struggles Continue – Market Update

Happy Monday! I hope you’re as ready to rock ‘n roll the rest of the week as I am this afternoon. I went to the baseball game Friday night and my team won. Hopefully, it won’t be long before th

Financial Moves You Should Make When Paying Off Student Loans

If you have student loan debt, welcome to the club no one wants to be in. In 2019, 44 million Americans currently owe money on their student loans. Student loan debt is causing many to postpone buyin

How You Can Protect Yourself And Your New Home

by Cassie Steele Buying A New Home: How You Can Protect Yourself And Your New Home  Canadian cities such as Calgary have some of the highest homeownership rates in the world. As more people make the

Calgary Home Inspection Cost Discounted for Spring!

Home inspection cost for your Calgary home inspection with a discount for pre-purchase and pre-listing property inspections.

Home Values Are At Their Highest Point In More Than 12 Years

Home values were up 0.6% in July and have reached their highest level since January of 2007. They’ve gone up 4.78% since July of 2018, according to Quicken Loans data. Before we get there though, t

The Equifax Data Breach Settlement: What You Need To Know

In September of 2017, Equifax announced a data breach that exposed the personal information of 147 million people. The company has agreed to a global settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC

Stay Relevant With These 5 Real Estate Tech Trends

Over the last decade, technology has changed the face of the real estate industry. While many real estate professionals appreciate how tech has made their jobs faster and more convenient, others fear

What’s The Difference Between A Consumer Credit Score And The One For Your Mortgage?

The world of credit can be incredibly confusing. There are three different bureaus who will score you based on innumerable versions of countless models. However, if you’re applying for a mortgage,

Why Do We Like Subscription Boxes So Much?

Subscription boxes are the gifts that keep on giving. It’s so simple and so irresistible; punch in your credit card information and for a small, regular fee, a package shows up at your doorstep eac

The Commission Question: What To Do When Asked To Lower Your Commission

Regardless of how long you’ve been in the industry, you’ve probably had at least one client ask you about your commission. Although some realtors and agents find that this question rarely arises,

5 Ways to Save On Energy

5 Ways To Save Energy   1. MAKE THE SWITCH TO LED LEDs are a great example of how innovation and technology can make your life easier. They last up to 25 times longer and consume 75% less energy than

Drum traps

Many older houses in Minneapolis and Saint Paul have an old style of plumbing trap called a drum trap, which is no longer allowed in Minnesota except in special circumstances. If you’re buying a ho

Home inspection fail files: bathtub flood

One of my worst days as a home inspector was the day I flooded a second-floor bathtub. I found out about it when my client asked me why there was water dripping out of the basement ceiling. Yeah, tha

Subpanels: when the grounds and neutrals should be separated

When should the ground and neutral wires be separated at a subpanel? It depends. First, what’s a subpanel? In my words, a subpanel is an electrical panel wired downstream from the Service Equipment

Q&A: should the air exchanger be on or off during a radon test?

When conducting a short-term radon test, should the air exchanger be running or not? Great question. I’ve heard it argued both ways. If a home is designed to have an air exchanger running, I say it

Not A Flamethrower testing on intumescent firestop collars

How effective are intumescent firestop collars? Joe, Matt, and I used a friend’s Not a Flamethrower to find out. The testing was fun and enlightening. How does this relate to home inspections? When

Pre-drywall inspections

If you’re having a new home built, when should you have the home inspection? What type of home inspections should be done? We get asked these questions a lot. There are three types of inspections a

New construction inspection: trust, but verify.

Should you get a home inspection on a new construction home? When a home is new, everything should be perfect, right? The builder will follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions, right? All of t

Nine ways for water to enter your basement or crawl space

This is a guest blog post by Silas Murphy-Ellis, owner of Murphy Home Inspection in Portland Oregon. Water in the crawlspace is an issue we see in homes all too often.    To the home buyer, it can

Reuben’s Recommended Reading

I spend a lot of time listening to audiobooks via Audible, and I find myself recommending books to people almost daily, none of which have anything to do with home inspections. When I meet with big-t

Decks attached through brick veneer

When a deck is attached to brick veneer, something probably went wrong. Not necessarily, not 100% of the time, but probably. As home inspectors, this is definitely something that we at Structure Tech

Tips on Selling Your Home

By Cassie Steele A Clean Home Sells Faster The average home is seen 8-10 times (study by Sage Real Estate) before it sells. This means that you need to make sure that your house is clean and declut

Technology Transforming Home Buying

How technology is transforming home buying written by Cassie Steele “Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic,” said Arthur C Clarke, the science fiction author, screenwriter o

Safely Securing a Mortgage

Safely Securing A Mortgage Written by Cassie Steele  Canada is in a golden age for mortgages. Bank of Canada’s latest figures revealed that whilst households are in larger amounts of debt than eve

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Detection

by Nick Gromicko interNACHI A very important article discussing the importance of Carbon Monoxide Detection and the poisoning effects when found in your home. Also discuses carbon monoxide detectors p

Home Inspection Tips for Home Buyers

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a veteran homeowner downsizing or trading up, these valuable home inspection tips can he

Elderly Home Safety Checklist

Home Safety Checklist for the Elderly The following is an elderly home safety checklist that is presented as a public safety for som

Home Buyer Mistakes

 Home Buyer Mistakes To Avoid Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking you can’t afford it. Many people who thought that buying the home th

Save Money and Energy in Your Home

This post is about how to save money and energy in your home utilising 10 strategies originally posted on the InterNACHI site for ho

The Importance of Hiring a Certified and Experienced Home Inspector

It is true, that purchasing a home or business is one of the biggest investments we make during our lifetime. It can be emotional, stressful and overwhelming at times. The good news is – you don’t


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