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Through home inspections, I provide an education about real estate. I'm one of those rare home inspectors who has been involved in real estate in many different capacities: as a Realtor (in Texas), as a property investor/flipper, as a teacher, and as a marketing expert (for Realtors and home inspectors). I believe that my experience as a Realtor and property investor provides me with a different viewpoint about home inspections in that I work for my Clients, but when there are other people involved in helping my Clients, then I firmly believe in helping them, too. That includes Realtors (both the seller's and the buyer's), repair professionals (e.g., plumbers, electricians, etc.). If I can get all the players (seller, seller's Realtor, buyer, buyer's Realtor, and repair professionals) playing in the same sandbox together to accomplish goals as a TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More), then I believe I have succeeded in my job as a home inspector. My profession is, in my opinion, much more than simply documenting the condition of a property and then take the money and run. I am also a rare breed in that I don't believe that one inspection fits the needs of all Clients, and I have led the industry in understanding that fact. For example, the goals of a property investor are far different than the goals of someone buying a property to live in. The goals of a seller (a pre-listing inspection) are far different than the goals of a buyer (a pre-purchase inspection). To that end, I offer 14 different types of inspections, e.g., STANDARD, LIST, RENTER, BASIC, MAINTENANCE, SPOT, and more. I believe in giving the benefit of the doubt to all professionals in whatever industry they represent until they prove me wrong.

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Over 42 years in all aspects of real estate--building homes, renovating homes, inspecting homes, Realtor.


National Association of Certified Home Inspector, Better Business Bureau of San Diego


Graduate of Texas A&M University; College Station, Texas

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Darnell08/31/16101010Awesome, straight forward response. I really appreciate .....
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2016-08-31 Land Lot Contigencies:

Hey, Darnell.    Generally, very generally, undeveloped land is sold as is but in real estate, all things are negotiable. I'm a little confused, though, because your first sentence indicates that you're

2016-03-10 Fix house when neighbors don't:

Hey, Mary.    I believe that fixing a house is never a waste of time or money. Don't go overboard, though. For example, if no one in the neighborhood has granite countertops, don't put granite countertops

2015-08-03 contract:

Hey, Dan.    All agents should use a contract regarding exclusivity. However, many people balk at signing a contract before any work is done. The contract means that if she does the work, she gets paid

2014-11-25 Who fixes the leak?:

Hey, Susan.    It's not unusual for Realtors to quit representing your interests as they get closer and closer to getting that commission check. Sad, but true, based on my 48 years in real estate.    I

2014-11-24 Who fixes the leak?:

Hey, Susan.    If the homeowner never noticed the stain, then they would not have reported a leak.    If the property management company said that a leak had never been reported, then that's that.    However


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