Just For Realtors

This page is full of resources for Realtors.  We view our relationship with Realtors as a partnership where we both have the best interest of buyers and sellers at heart.  We welcome suggestions for how we can better serve you and your clients!

Books to Help Grow Your Business

We love to read books to help us gain insight, knowledge, along with tools & tips to help us grow our business and continue to be the best in our industry.  We’re always on a mission to find book recommendations from colleagues, peers, and mentors and thought we’d pass along some of our favorite recent reads.  For more info, click the cover photo of the book and check back monthly as we’ll keep updating the books on our page!

Tips to make the inspection process as smooth and painless as possible for all involved:

For Sellers / Homeowners:

  • Make sure all utilities are on (gas, electricity, water, oil in tank, etc.)
  • Have your sellers change the air filters on their heating system
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs
  • Make sure all major components are accessible (attic, crawlspace, electric panel, hot water heater, furnace, garage, etc.)
  • Remove pets from the property (or crate them)
  • Advise seller not to be home during the inspection
  • Make sure keys / remotes are available to home, shed, garage, etc.

For Buyers:

  • Home inspections typically take 2-4 hours depending on size of the home and types of inspections needed
  • Buyers are encouraged to walk through the home with the home inspector and ask questions about the findings.
  • We also give tips on regular home maintenance, especially for first time buyers, so it greatly benefits the buyer to be an active participant in the inspection process.
  • Address items from seller’s disclosure or buyer’s concerns
  • Let them know that the inspector can’t see or predict everything. We refer buyers to NACHI standards if they have specific questions about what is and is not included in a home inspection:  https://www.nachi.org/sop.htm

Sewer Line Information:

We recommend every home, even new construction, have a sewer line inspection.  These are performed by pushing a specially designed camera through the sewer line from the clean-out inside of the home (typically in the basement) to the street.  Many townships are now requiring these inspections as they are making homeowner’s responsible all the way to the sewer main.

Other methods that some townships are approving, such as smoke tests are helpful, but a camera inspection should always be performed as well.

Sewer line repair or replacement can be very costly and is not covered by homeowner’s insurance.   Insurance can usually be purchased through companies that partner with your local utility service.  Aqua and Philadelphia Energy Authority both have partner programs available that are very low cost and can offer peace of mind for homeowners.