Winston-Salem, NC Real Estate News

By Philip Lamachio
(Advantage Inspection Clear View)
Once, not too long ago, when the real estate industry was young, the way business was conducted, (commission-split set up and no effective support/training for new agents) led to an office of unsupported, poorly trained low producing and low commissioned agents and high turn-over.  But Re/Max ( read history) changed that. By changing the paradigm and offering maximum compensation, superior agent support and traditional Real Estate franchise services, Dave and Gail Liniger of Re/Max transformed the way business was done and changed an industry forever.   The home inspection business is on the cusp of a similar transformation.   Presently, it is mainly comprised of Mom and Pop organizations that because of their natural limitations, can offer only the talents of one individual and whateve...
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Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High-Point homeowners have an alternative to bad service and denied claims.  Find Out How to Avoid Being Ripped Off !   A TARNISHED REPUTATION A lot of Realtors offer home warranties to their clients,  But many may not know that the credibilty of the home warranty industry is tarnished in the eye of the public.  And for GOOD REASON.  The whole business model is intentionally flawed in their favor. But first, do a little research...... DO A BACKGROUND CHECK I challenge anyone to  Google any home warranty company's name and the word `complaints', rip-off or `fraud'.  Find out how many people believe they got burned, turned down wrongfully or got rotten service..... here's one site that should keep you busy: http://www.my3cents.com/.  THERE ARE MANY OTHERS..... C...
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By Philip Lamachio
(Advantage Inspection Clear View)
Pre-Listing Inspections are the wave of the future.  Realtors, you cannot afford to be left behind.  This will help sell that home! http://youtube.com/watch?v=cEJ-N6t0yJA Now that you know you should do a pre-listing inspection, have it done by the experts ! Advantage Inspection Clear View are experts in residential pre-listing inspections. Put the power of our Listing Advantage Program to work for you ! And each client who gets an inspection from us qualifies for the only 'No Denied Claims' Home Warranty available on the market-place!   We provide signage and will help advertise your property for you !  Give us a call today to put the benefits of Advantage Inspection's Listing Program to work for you! Brian Haire/Philip LaMachio 7B Corporate Center Ct. Greensboro, NC. 27408 336-327-5523
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By Philip Lamachio
(Advantage Inspection Clear View)
 PRESS RELEASE  Release date:   5/28/08   A PRE-LISTING INSPECTION / WARRANTY COMBINATION OFFERS POWERFUL BENEFITS FOR SELLER; A HIGHER LEVEL OF CERTAINTY FOR BUYER There is a lot of frustration associated with selling a home in today's real estate market:  the 'mortgage crunch', competitive pricing and a flooded market are all factors putting the seller at a disadvantage.  Home buyers are definitely in the 'driver's seat'.  In order to get their house sold, sellers have to think outside the box and find ways to differentiate their home from the crowd. Would-be sellers should'nt overlook the power of a pre-listing inspection / warranty combination.  "People don't realize that they can get their house sold quicker, with fewer problems and for more money if they get an inspection on the h...
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Home inspection clients and Realtors in Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and the Greater Triad get more value with Advantage Inspection! We are excited to announce some brand new affiliations that will enable us to offer incredible discounts for services our clients will need. Many of you already know that we are preferred Vendor Partners with Lowes Home Improvement, and as such our inspection customers receive a 10% coupon worth up to $500 for purchases at Lowes. Now we have even more: $200 coupon for installation of an ADT home security system Discount for using Allied or North American Van Lines And perhaps the most exciting: Up to 20% discount for Homeowner's insurance from Nationwide Insurance, renewable each year the homeowner lives in that home. A potential savings of up to $1...
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Advantage Inspection Clear View in Greensboro NC is excited to announce that Coldwell Banker Triad Realtors has chosen our company to help them roll out their new Home Buyer Ready Program. ( See this description from the Highland/Cashiers area). Advantage Inspection (Corporate) has been promoting the use of Pre-Listing Inspections for almost 10 years. Consequently, we at Advantage Inspection Clear View, your local AI franchise with Brian Haire and Philip LaMachio, are the Triad's source for information on everything about pre-listing inspections. Because of our familiarity with this radically effective tool in real estate marketing, our exclusive affiliate partnerships and the extra value they give our customers, Coldwell Banker has chosen us as their preferred pre-listing inspectors fo...
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Pre-Listing Inspections are the wave of the future.  Realtors, you cannot afford to be left behind.  This will help sell that home! http://youtube.com/watch?v=cEJ-N6t0yJA Now that you know you should do a pre-listing inspection, have it done by the experts ! Advantage Inspection Clear View are experts in residential pre-listing inspections. Put the power of our Listing Advantage Program to work for you ! And each client who gets an inspection from us qualifies for the only 'No Denied Claims' Home Warranty available on the market-place!   We provide signage and will help advertise your property for you !  Give us a call today to put the benefits of Advantage Inspection's Listing Program to work for you! Brian Haire/Philip LaMachio 7B Corporate Center Ct. Greensboro, NC. 27408 336-327-552...
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Pre-Listing Inspections are the wave of the future.  Realtors, you cannot afford to be left behind.  This will help sell that home! http://youtube.com/watch?v=cEJ-N6t0yJA Now that you know you should do a pre-listing inspection, have it done by the experts ! Advantage Inspection Clear View are experts in residential pre-listing inspections. Put the power of our Listing Advantage Program to work for you ! And each client who gets an inspection from us qualifies for the only 'No Denied Claims' Home Warranty available on the market-place!   We provide signage and will help advertise your property for you !  Give us a call today to put the benefits of Advantage Inspection's Listing Program to work for you! Brian Haire/Philip LaMachio 7B Corporate Center Ct. Greensboro, NC. 27408 336-327-5523
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I am a Home Inspector now, but when I took a real estate course in Greensboro NC, the instructor made his feelings about FSBO's quite clear. His disdain was palpable. Though many sellers are tempted to try to market their homes themselves in order to avoid paying a Realtor's commission, eventually they would be driven by sheer desperation to acknowledge the futility of their mission, and call a Realtor. The Lonely FSBO Since then I have watched many a FSBO linger on the market way too long, especially at this time, only to eventually capitulate and call in the calvary. And there are many good reasons to do so.  Not the least of which is that if you get a good Realtor they are going to make sure your house gets seen, priced correctly and point out a number of things that are obvious to e...
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By Philip Lamachio
(Advantage Inspection Clear View)
Home buyers beware ! Upon purchasing a home, your agent may suggest you buy a home warranty as well. Educate yourself before you blindly trust that your Realtor: 1. Is sure he is recommending the best warranty2. Is not recommending an unreputable company 3. Is not taking kickbacks Don't make a choice that could lead to having a denied claim costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Read my insider info on the home warranty industry at: http://www.squidoo.com/homewarrantysecretsexposed See the Home Warranty Checklist for MUST ASK questions that will come back to bite you if ignored. Find resources online that expose the dark underbelly of this questionable industry and lastly... Discover the one company that is changing it all..... Philip LaMachio Advantage Inspection Clear View     ...
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By Philip Lamachio
(Advantage Inspection Clear View)
From Advantage Inspection in Greensboro, NC, here's a cautionary tale from the trenches for all you price shoppers out there.  AN AGENT'S TALE OF WOE My fellow inspector, Brian Haire, at Advantage Inspection Clearview, relayed a story from an agent in Burlington, NC. who told him that she had to change inspectors because as Brian relayed: ' the last one (an inspector she had used exclusively and swore by) ended up costing her $30,000.00 in repairs for having missed a rotted girder.  In talking to her it was not conceivable that the inspector actually accessed the whole crawl space from her description of the damage.  The only response she got was "we sometimes miss some things".' I have to chuckle because at the most recent continuing education session in Feb. 2008 Charlotte NC, where a...
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 PRESS RELEASE  Release date:   5/28/08   A PRE-LISTING INSPECTION / WARRANTY COMBINATION OFFERS POWERFUL BENEFITS FOR SELLER; A HIGHER LEVEL OF CERTAINTY FOR BUYER There is a lot of frustration associated with selling a home in today's real estate market:  the 'mortgage crunch', competitive pricing and a flooded market are all factors putting the seller at a disadvantage.  Home buyers are definitely in the 'driver's seat'.  In order to get their house sold, sellers have to think outside the box and find ways to differentiate their home from the crowd. Would-be sellers should'nt overlook the power of a pre-listing inspection / warranty combination.  "People don't realize that they can get their house sold quicker, with fewer problems and for more money if they get an inspection on the h...
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And that was at the beginning of this year, 2008 !   Read on my friends..... Subject: Pre-Inspections Work!!! (The following is an actual testimonial from a Keller Williams agent in the Greenville, SC area utilizing Advantage Inspection and their Listing Advantage program. ) From "Matthew Thrift"  To: Sonya Skidmore Hello All, I just had to tell you !..........19 Birkhall Circle - Received a ratified/accepted contract 20 days after listing!  This is incredible. Here is my testimonial...you have free will to use as much or as little as you would like: After being in Real Estate for just over 15 months, I wanted to take my business to the next level.  As most businesses or self-employed people do I looked for anything that I could find that would set me apart from the other 2000 plus REAL...
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By Philip Lamachio
(Advantage Inspection Clear View)
A recent pre-listing inspection I performed for a homeowner this week reinforced just how little homeowners know about inspections in general and how much we inspectors have to do to educate them. Before I tell this story, I want to relate what my aunt told me regarding what she wanted in an inspection. Her gripe was along the lines of this: 'I don't want to know about the broken lock or the door that sticks, I can see those myself.  I want to know if the furnace is working.' All very well and good. Just the big issues I can't see for myself.  But let's look at this typical expectation, and why it needs to be addressed: First, many homeowners don't notice these small things when they are being shown the house, and when they do notice them later upon buying and moving in, who do you thin...
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By Philip Lamachio
(Advantage Inspection Clear View)
Home buyers beware ! Upon purchasing a home, your agent may suggest you buy a home warranty as well.Educate yourself before you blindly trust that your Realtor: 1. Has your best interests in mind 2. Is not recommending an unreputable company 3. Is not taking kickbacks Don't make a choice that could lead to having a denied claim costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Read my insider info on the home warranty industry at: http://www.squidoo.com/homewarrantysecretsexposed See the Home Warranty Checklist for MUST ASK questions that will come back to bite you if ignored. Find resources online that expose the dark underbelly of this questionable industry and lastly... Discover the one company that is changing it all..... Philip LaMachio Advantage Inspection Clear View      Advantage Ho...
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On Monday evening we had a very bad thunderstorm.  The next day on the local news they had a story about a tree hitting a house.  Well of course you feel bad that these poor people have a big tree smashed across the top of their house.  The reporter then states that the house is for sale and is under contract.  Now you really feel bad.  Then the reporter interviews the owner who says that the home inspector was coming the next day and he knew what he was going to say, The first thing that needs to be done is to have the tree removed. Now that is a sense of humor.  I am sure there are two very busy agents trying to figure this one out. I swear I didn't make it up.
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