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Green Home Conversion Heating and Cooling Part 2

My home inspections reveal many problems with insulation or preventing the loss of conditioned air, or the intrusion of heat or cold into the home. Here are some simple steps to take to tighten the seal of an older home.

Green Home Conversion: Heating and Cooling Part 1

An overview of looking at your home’s air conditioning and how it can be turned green.

Green Home Conversion: Reusing What We Have

The first step in a green home conversion is thinking what you can reuse in the home.

REIT Analysis for Real Estate Investors

For a real estate investor, determining what type of property to buy can be as easy as looking at the trend in REITs.

The Full Service One Stop Houston Real Estate Shop

Houston real estate is changing with home inspections being offered as part of the service when buying or selling a home. This may mean cost savings for clients

HUD Calls for a Meeting to Help Resolve Housing Issues

A housing summit is being organized by HUD to deal with the housing crisis.

Green Home Conversion

The beginning of a series of post on the idea of how to convert your existing home into a green one.

Thoughts after the Hurricane

Lessons learned after a hurricane or just some random thoughts from a home inspector.

Book Review: Green from the Ground Up

Green from the Ground Up is a good background and overview of building green, and why this should be the way to construct your home.

Update On My Efforts for This Site

Documenting my efforts of creating and marketing a real estate destination site for Houston to benefit my home inspection business.

The Insurance Package in the Bailout Plan

The taxpayers require the bailout package to help the economy, but lawmakers place policies in it which do not benefit us, such as the insurance for bad securities.

As Congress Debates Bailout, HUD Acts

SEC failures lead to the financial crisis; Congress may come to a resolution if conservative Republicans can be placated; and HUD acts to help communities deal with rising foreclosures.

Flooding, Water Damage, Insurance, and You

A look at different types of insurance and the damaged that you may have to deal with after a hurricane’s flood waters damage your home.

Do I Need a Home Inspector to Check Out My Home After the Hurricane?

Obvious damage from a storm will be handled by your insurance company, but you may need a home inspector if there are unseen problems, but there are steps to take care of this yourself.

Real Estate News For Those About to Sell/Buy A Home or About Your Appraisal

News for people dealing with a home sale in the Houston area after Hurricane Ike. Also some other news about building inspections in storm effected areas.

What Does It Mean When My House Has Been Red Tagged?

Once your home has been red tagged due to hurricane damage, you should take proper steps to have the home repaired in the correct way.

Hurricane Ike Home Repair: Finding Sources of Water Stains on Ceilings and Walls

A quick run down of common areas where a leak can occur in your home. The roof is not always the culprit.

Hurricane Ike Home Repairs: Tarping Your Roof

Fully covering your damaged roof with a tarp, because it sustained hurricane damage, is not always a wise idea. Here are some facts to consider when taking on this task.

Your Home and Its Repairs After Hurricane Ike

Time to clean up and start repairing your home after Hurricane Ike. Here is some information to help you start.

Offering a Free Property Inspection Report Form For Texas in HTML

Free inspection report form for Texas in HTML.

Can A Home Inspector Be Wrong? : Evaluating an Inspection Report

Most home inspectors work hard to do a good job, but every so often there is a home inspection which can make us look bad.

Creating Your Own Real Estate Search Engine with the Help of Zillow

RE professionals should consider creating their own alternative search engine to be ahead of the curve, and to create a community hub on the net for their own area.

Builder/Remodelers Finding Ways to Thrive in a Down Market

A creative means to generate income with a home maintenance service from one Builder/Remodeler may be a benefit to homeowners. This is an area that home inspectors have noticed is not being taken care of, but it could cost homeowners in the future.

A Unique Blog: Firefox told me so with its related links

Finding that Firefox does not list related links for my site, I decided to create my own list of home inspection blogs for those wanting to see what else is being written.

An Open Letter to the Houston Association of Realtors

Some thoughts on improving the Houston Association of Realtors’ website (HAR.com)to better serve the community (real estate professionals and consumers).

Real Estate and Home Maintenance : Taking an Easier Step When Dealing With a Home Inspection

Caulking mortar joints can be an easy home maintenance task, but some care should be taken. Home inspections reveal problems here, but there are easy ways to deal with this project.

Creating A Real Estate Survey by Using an Free Open Source Software Tool

To expand my authority, I found that I could use an open source survey creation software to produce a questionnaire about real estate issues. This allows a website to create its own data for finding answers.

Analyzing Other Home Inspector’s Reports

Common features in some reports from other home inspectors can cause problems for people trying to understand those findings. After analyzing a few reports, I go over some problems for the consumer.

Making a House Look Good While Wasting Money: Five Common Repairs Found During Home Inspections

Home inspectors frequently see the same things over and over again. Here are five common home problems which are easily repaired.

Will Your Title Company Be There Tomorrow?

Title companies are either pulling out of the Houston market, or they are becoming insolvent. This is leading to concerns in the housing sector as buyers are worried about where their home closing may take place.

Caulikng Exterior Wall Joints to Prevent Water From Coming into the Home

Performing a home inspection during rain is not enjoyable, but it does give you a clear picture of where water can enter your home. Improperly caulked exterior wall joints can cause problems when not fully sealed.

Fantastic Green Product Claims, But this Driveway Could Be Truly Green

Before I went out to perform some home inspections, I saw a claim for a green driveway. Once home, I checked into it further, and I think this may be something for me.

Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse

Salvage yards are a great place to make your own find to have a special piece in your home. Houston’s Historic Salvage Warehouse can provide you with some interesting finds.

The Best Landscaping Around Your Home to Allow It to Breathe

Moisture problems on the home’s exterior are typically found during a home inspection, but with some easy steps can be prevented.

Houston Home Inspection 77074: Looking at Geotargeting and Blog Statistics

A home inspector looks at geotargeting a specific zip code, basing this tactic on his discoveries when examining statisitcs from his blog site to his static site.

The Trend Towards Required Inspections: The Idea Behind Point of Sale Inspections

There is a growing trend to make home inspections a standard practice in the sale of a home. Some aspects of this movement may not be in the best interest of those involved in the sale.

Today’s News: Foreclosures Rising as Reported by RealtyTrac

Find the best information about foreclosures in your area by going to the primary source for news media’s reports, RealtyTrac. Here are some ways to find that information from that site.

Protecting Your Home With Rolling Shutters

An introduction to rolling shutters and how they can protect your home from intruders and hurricanes.

Maybe Secretary Paulson Should Stop Speaking

Honest remarks are needed about our current economic situation with clear guidance to prevent further issues arising from the current market conditions.

Industry News: Circuit Breaker Recall and an Extended Comment Period for Watersense

Keeping consumers up to date on counterfeit circuit breakers claiming to be from Square D, and on the efforts of the EPA to produce a program like EnergyStar for water conservation called WaterSense.

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