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Home Inspection “Heads Up”: Testing for Radon in Arctic Conditions

Elevated Radon . . . at Least till This Weekend’s Warm-up [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.] Unfortunately, the line “It was so cold in the Twin...
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Why Home Warranties Are More Popular With Listing Agents Than Home Sellers

Three Benefits Listing agents (representing home sellers) are big fans of home warranties. Personally, I love them. That’s because listing agents know ” even if their clients don’t ” that a home warranty can help smooth over inspection issues (“Benefit #1”), and make a dated home more attractive to cash-strapped, first-time home Buyers — especially...
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Home Buyer: “Can I Use a Buddy as My Home Inspector?”

Assuming Two Risks, Not One [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.] If Buyers can waive a home inspection altogether (they can), it stands to reason they...
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The Difference Between a Home Inspection Addendum and a Repair List

Loose Door Knobs and Caviar-Stocked Fridges [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced.  If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.] Test your knowledge of today’s housing market, and answer the following question: Which of...
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Handling Issues That Come Up on Inspection: Two Options

The Easy Way . . . and the Hard Way The Buyer’s inspection revealed a material defect in the home that the Seller doesn’t dispute. Both parties want to stay in the deal. What are their options? Option #1: the Seller fixes the problem, prior to closing. Here are the related steps: One. Buyer and...
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Seller to Buyer: “I Don’t Like Your Lender — Use Mine!”

Wielding Veto Power Over Buyer’s Lender, Inspector [Editor’s Note: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.] “Whoever has the gold, make the rules.” –“Golden Rule” (at least, one version). “Whoever...
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