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What’s the Real Purpose of a Home Inspection?


What is the purpose of a home inspection?

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So what is the purpose of the home inspection?

The home inspection is the opportunity for the buyers to check out the overall condition of the home they just purchased. Home inspection costs run from $300 to $500 depending on the size of the home. This is usually the first inspection the buyers do after their offer is accepted. Keep in mind a buyer has the right to do any and all inspections they want – at their cost.

So what do you want the home inspector to concentrate on?

Let’s begin with the big four–foundation, roof, electrical, and plumbing (the bones of the property):

  • Foundation – If it is a raised foundation, are the pillars and posts in good condition? If it’s on slab – is the slab cracked?
  • Roof – Does it need to be repaired? Does it need to be replaced or is it leaking?
  • Plumbing – Are there any leaks? If leaks are not detected they could lead to mold or upgrades. Is the water pressure high or low? Is the water draining slowly in the sinks, toilets, showers, and tubs?
  • Electrical - Is the panel up to code? Is the panel labeled? Are outlets and receptacles grounded? Are GFIs in place?
Buyers can perform any inspection they want—at their cost.
Other items the home inspector should inspect are:

  • The overall grounds -- How is the grading? Is the water being forced away from the property?
  • Driveway and garage condition – How is the concrete holding up?
  • Retaining walls – Are they in good shape?
  • Fencing – Does it need to be repaired?
  • Wood – Is there any wood rot? Typically handled by the termite company.
  • Patio or patio covers – What is their condition?
  • Heating and AC – Is it working? Does it need repairing or need to be replaced?
  • Water heater – Is it working? Does it need repairing or need to be replaced?
  • Attic – This is a good place to check for roof leaks.
  • Windows – Are they leaking, do they lock, do they slide properly?

Keep in mind these are just a few items a home inspector should check.

If you have any questions about home inspections or you’re thinking about buying or selling a San Diego home, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’m always happy to help.

**A broker is licensed to render real estate advice. If you desire tax, legal or lending advice, consult the appropriate professional. Videos and marketing by Broker are intended to help educate the public. Laws and real estate practices may change at anytime.  All information deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and determined on a case-by-case basis. If your property is listed, please disregard as it is not our intention to solicit. We cooperate fully with other brokers. Equal Housing Opportunity and member of the National Association of Realtors.

What to Do if Your Home Doesn’t Appraise


Many buyers think a failed appraisal spells the end for their homeownership dreams. That’s not true at all. You have many options to choose from on how to proceed.

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So, what happens if your home you recently purchased does not appraise?

1. The buyers can cancel the purchase agreement. The buyers will receive their earnest money deposit back.

2. Ask the sellers to reduce the purchase price to the appraised value. If they agree, an amendment is drawn up and both the parties sign reflecting the new purchase price.

3. Buyer and seller can meet in the middle of the appraisal value and original contract price. For example, if the original price was $500,000 and the appraised value was $490,000 and they agree on a new purchase price of $495,000, the buyers will have to come in with an additional $5,000. The bank will only lend money on the appraised value.
If done correctly, it’s a simple renegotiation.
If done correctly it’s a simple renegotiation that makes both the buyer and seller happy with the end result.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t  hesitate to contact me immediately.

**A broker is licensed to render real estate advice. If you desire tax, legal or lending advice, consult the appropriate professional. Videos and marketing by Broker are intended to help educate the public. Laws and real estate practices may change at anytime.  All information deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and determined on a case-by-case basis. If your property is listed, please disregard as it is not our intention to solicit. We cooperate fully with other brokers. Equal Housing Opportunity and member of the National Association of Realtors.

How to Make Sure You Hire the Right Realtor


Selecting the right Realtor is probably the most important decision you will make in the buying or selling process. Here's how you choose the right one.

How should you go about selecting the right Realtor for you?

With approximately 22,000 licensed real estate agents in San Diego county, I will tell you how to select the right Realtor because as you know, everyone, and I mean everyone, knows a Realtor.

Here are a few suggestions. Selecting the right Realtor is very important, probably THE MOST important decision you will make in the buying/selling process. It shouldn’t be taken lightly considering buying or selling a home is probably the biggest and most important financial decision you will make in your lifetime.

1. Does the person you are considering choosing work as a Real Estate agent part time or full time? In other words, is real estate their career and does he/she actually make a living at it?

2. How long have they been in business? He/She needs to be in business at least 4 yrs or have successfully closed 48 transactions. Why, because experience is needed when things go wrong and that’s when it pays to have an experienced Realtor by your side.



"It pays to have an experienced 
Realtor by your side."


3. How many homes have they sold in the last 24 months? Make sure they are selling a minimum of 12 homes a year. I know people who have been a “Realtor” for the last 20 years and they average 1-2 homes sold a year. That's not good – they are not in touch with the market nor are they aggressive enough to do what it takes to sell your home for top dollar or get your offer accepted when there are multiple offers on the property.

4. Referrals are always great, but make sure they “check all the boxes.” Speak with their last 3 clients – don’t let them hand pick their references. 

5. Google them. Make sure their on-line reviews are great.

6. Look up their license status at the Department of Real Estate to make sure it is in good standing.

7. Make sure they have a video blog and website and their social media pages are professional.

8. Agent’s Brokerage – Are they a well-established professional real estate company? These Realtors tend to have more knowledgeable brokers and better business practices than the “mom and pop shops.”

9. After you have met with your prospective Realtor – do you get along with them? Can you see spending the next 30, 60 or 90 days with them? A great agent will be in constant communication with you throughout the entire process.

If you follow these suggestions I’m sure you will be working with a professional Realtor who make your home buying/selling a great experience.

**A broker is licensed to render real estate advice. If you desire tax, legal or lending advice, consult the appropriate professional. Videos and marketing by Broker are intended to help educate the public. Laws and real estate practices may change at anytime.  All information deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and determined on a case-by-case basis. If your property is listed, please disregard as it is not our intention to solicit. We cooperate fully with other brokers. Equal Housing Opportunity and member of the National Association of Realtors.