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Good Question: What’s The Best Time Of Year To Sell A Home?

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WELL, EXPERTS SAY THE SPRING HOUSING SEASON IS OFF TO A SLOW START.

THE NUMBER OF HOMES FOR SALE IS DOWN IN THE TWIN CITIES AND OTHER MARKETS AS WELL.

AND THAT GOT US WONDERING IS THERE AN IDEAL TIME TO SELL YOUR HOME? YEAH, THERE IS.

TYPICALLY PEOPLE THINKING ABOUT SELLING THEIR HOMES ARE ALSO THINKING ABOUT THOSE WARM WEATHER MONTHS WHEN THEY WANT TO DO IT BUT EVEN THEN THERE'S A 2 WEEK PERIOD WHERE PEOPLE FEEL YOU GET THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.

THE THEORY IS THE WARM WEATHER MEANS MORE PEOPLE OUT AND ABOUT, WHICH IN TURN MEANS MORE HOME SALES.

THE SUN IS THE BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT YOU CAN FIND.

BUT THE NUMBER OF HOMES BUILT IS WAY DOWN.

WE ARE DOWN IN THE 12,000 AREA RIGHT NOW, ABOUT HALF OF WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT TO SEE.

WITH FEWER OPTIONS IT'S A SELLER'S MARKET.

BUT THE VERY BEST TIME TO SELL YOUR HOME IS BETWEEN MAY 1 AND MAY 15.

THEIR STUDY SHOWS THAT ON AVERAGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOMES SOLD DURING THAT 2 WEEK PERIOD SOLD ABOUT 18 DAYS FASTER THAN HOMES OUTSIDE THAT PERIOD AND THEY ALSO SOLD ABOUT 1% MORE THAN THE AVERAGELISTING.

THIS IS THE TIME WHEN THINGS START TO PICK UP.

THE HEAD OF REAL ESTATE PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY.

HE SAID SPRING IS A GOOD TIME TO SELL BUT IN MINNESOTA JUNE SALES HAVE BEEN BETTER.

JUNE SEEMS TO BE WHEN WE HAVE THE MOST HOMES THAT GET SOLD.

SAID JUNE IS ALSO WHEN MINNESOTA HOMES SPEND THE FEWEST DAYS ON THE MARKET.

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG IN JUNE, NO.

IT'S A GOOD TIME TO BE ASELLER.

OF COURSE THIS VARIES BASED ON WHERE YOU LIVE.

IN THE SOUTH WITH WARMER WEATHER SALES REALLY HEAT UP IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH.

BOTTOM LINE, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SELL YOUR HOME OR BUY, YOU CAN MAKE ANY TIME OF THE YEAR WORK IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT.

WE JUST WANT TO SEE A FEW MORE FOR SALE SIGNS.

THE SNOW IS ALMOST ALWAYS GONE BY JUNE.

USUALLY.

YOU CAN MOVE AND GET IT DONE BY LABOR DAY.

THANKS, JOHN.

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A day in the life of a Builder

I'm Christian ——-.

I'm a builder for UrbanEmpire Construction.

I work on residential building sites.

So new homes and renovations.

My dad was a builder and I grew up on building sites with him.

So a typical day is openingup the site and organising the trades and apprentices of what work needs to be completed that day.

They can include installing windows, doing framing, demolition works and keeping thesite clean.

Things I enjoy about the job are working with my hands, working outdoors andit keeps you fit and healthy.

A good builder is someone who's good at problem solving,good with people and well organised.

One of the biggest challenges is just learning allthe different trades that are involved in the process of building a house and howlong things take and how long they should take.

When the job's going well one tradewill follow the other trades.

There's no waiting around for things to be done.

It all flows.

Usually, on a weekly basis, you interact with the client.

You'll walk through the job, showthe client what's been done, and what is going to be done in the coming weeks.

It's veryimportant to keep them in the loop and knowing what's being done on their site.

It's a satisfyingjob because your transforming someone's house into something that they've always dreamedof doing and in a new space that they can enjoy in the future.

It's a great feeling.

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I’m Trying to Sell a Home – What are the Essentials in a For Rent Deal?

Hey, it's Joe.

Another question.

This is abouthow to talk to sellers and how to get your deals together.

This question is, "What mustyou have in a for rent deal in order for you to be able to sell the home?" Those thingsare the monthly payment must be at or below market rent.

If you don't, if you get themonthly payment wrong, it's not going to sell.

I guarantee it.

It won't sell.

Don't evenwaste your time.

If the monthly payment is not at or below market rent on a lease optionit will not sell.

B, You need a sign in the yard.

Sign in theyard will bring you in 25% of your buyers.

It's really important to have that sign inthe yard.

You can sell it with just a Craigslist ad or just a Postlets ad, but having thatsign in the yard will speed up the process dramatically and also make it easy for peopleto be able to find the property when they go out and look for it.

You know, if they'redriving out to look for it and there's no sign in the yard it's hard for you, hard forthem to find it.

Another is C, third way, is you don't allowyour seller to rent it while you're trying to rent it.

Now, the lease option memo, thefirst one that I'm giving you if you're using the Automarketer, is one that says they can,they have the right to go out and rent it themselves or sell it themselves, and youknow, cut us out of the deal.

They have the right to do that as long as they don't takeour leads.

What I would suggest as you get better at this is if they're trying to rentthe property to ask them would you give me 30 days to try to do this before you try torent it.

Let me get a buyer tenant in there instead of a regular tenant.

They're goingto be better tenants, you know, you don't wash a rental car.

You take better care ofthe things that you own, or at least you think you're going to own.

So let's sell it to alease option person.

Give me a little bit of time to that.

Will you allow me to do that?And most of the time they'll say yes.

Because if they don't, it's sometimes a little biteasier to rent a property than to lease option it and so they might be faster at it.

Plus,if they're pricing it at a different price than you are, that screws you up as well becausethey may have an ad in Craigslist right next to yours that has a lower price or a lowermonthly payment on it and that's not going to be effective.

The other thing that you need is a Craigslist ad.

The Craigslist ad is where you're goingget most of your buyers total.

So you've got to make sure that Craigslist ad is ghostedand by ghosting, that means that you post that ad and it sends you back an email sayinghey, your ad is posted.

And you click on that link and there it is, there's your ad andit looks great.

But then if you go into Craigslist through the front door and you look for thatad it's not there.

That's ghosting your ad.

And they do that for different reasons.

Ifthey think you're spam or if they think that you're using, if you're posting it from outsidetheir area, and usually I find that if you're within a state normally you can get your adto be posted.

If you're out two, three or four states away,you know, if I try to, if I'm in Indiana and I try to post in California, my ad gets flaggedalmost immediately or it gets ghosted immediately just because of the IP address of where I'mat and posting, it can recognize that and it won't allow me to post in California.

SoI have to have somebody in California to post that for me in order to make that ad work.

That's why you need boots on the ground sometimes in an area that you're not working in becauseyou need them to post your Craigslist ad for you as well.

So those are the vital things that you need in order to sell a property once you've gotan lease option memo on it.

If you screw up any of those things you probably won't getit sold.

The other thing that screws up a lot of propertydeals is that you lose faith from your seller.

They lose faith in you.

Or they don't thinkyou're competent, or they think you know, you're just not doing a good job and so theygo off and do something else and they say, no, I'm not really interested, or they don'ttake your calls anymore, or they take your sign out of the yard.

And that happens usuallybecause they've lost faith in you.

So do a good job, do a good job for them, you know,make sure you're trying to help them and learn to be competent.

Learn to speak competently.

All right.

Hope that helps.

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Education vs Experience: How To Become A Home Builder | Vancouver Luxury Home Builders

[Gary] Yes, Bai.

[Bai] So just to expand on that answer, soif you are in a month like so you've got a one-year term and you take the box to actuallyin the term.

She go months and months, you can only gosee a 2.

9 as per the increase but if you said fix contract 1 year, you got to renegotiatethat point, then you can bump it up to it whatever.

[Audience member] it's just a very specificthing on the rental agreement.

It's not a residential tenancy agreement.

So it does not have it in and so you havea very good contract.

[Gary] You know I always say — I encouragemy clients to write addendums to their contract and then after writing that contract likesend a copy to residential tenancy branch and then get them to provide approval in writing,so that if ever arbitration comes like oh that's not legal, it's not allowed, will Igot the email from residential tenancy branch thing that's okay.

Right?.

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Should I sell my home before buying a new one?

this is jason simard with the sims realestate group your vancouver island real estate experts bringing you anothervaluable video so the question today is I own homeshould I sell it before buying another home and this is actually a reallycommon problem right now that a lot of people are having so we're working witha lot of out-of-town buyers who have homes with equity that they're planningon selling so that they can buy a home here the challenge is, they don't want to selltheir home until they've found a home but then again to find the home you mayneed to sell your home first so it puts you in an awkward position and so our team is of this mindsetnumber one if you can buy a home without having put your home on the market first great that could be an option for youbut you have to be willing to consider that maybe you'll have to carry ashort-term mortgage so you may need to consider some interim financing solutionwhich for some people may put them out of their comfort zone the ideal scenario though is you haveyour home sold or at least you have a home that is subject free and that saleis going to be happening and then you start looking because if you start looking before yourhome is for sale we might find the perfect property but the reality of itis is it's probably not going to sit on the market now there is the option youcan always put an offer subject to the sale of your home however in a challenging market like theone that we're in currently that often may not put you in the strongestbargaining position or in the strongest negotiation position however for the right property we may beable to make that work and we have made that work many times so what I'm trying to get at is this isa conversation you need to have with somebody that you trust a real estateexpert that can really help you understand what your options are andhelp you now navigate this crazy market that we're in right now so if you havequestions my team and I are here to answer thosequestions for you our contact information is below we'd be honored tohelp stay tuned in a couple weeks we'll haveanother valuable video for you.

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A Day in the Life of A Luxury Home Builder | Vancouver Luxury Home Builders

[Gary] And then another question I've alwaysbeen curious about is, what's the day in the life of a builder like? [Sandro] What's the day in the life of a builderlike? [Gary] Yeah, what does a builder typicallydo on a regular basis? [Sandro] Get up and drink coffee.

[Gary] Yeah.

[Sandro] Well I mean typically, you know,is getting up and going out looking at, you know, looking at what's going on for the nextday, right? You know all typically have you know, be organizedas far as I'll have my day kind of planned out already that week planned out, and lookingat you know, what aspects of the build that we are on right now, and you know thinkingahead okay who do I need to know, what day do I need this next trades person in, whereare the materials coming from ordering materials, making sure that they are there for the peoplethat are working on the side, and it all just basically almost like a conduct or , orchestratingthat process is making, you know trying to make sure that everybody's kind of lined upproperly and on the job and that's going smoothly.

Making you know, obviously going to the site,and checking it out, and you know I don't mind picking up the hammer once in a whilemyself and doing some, you know some work if I need to do that.

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Sharon Gunter: Can you tell us the value a home builder gets when building a home?

– [Freeman] Welcome to Texas Top Homes where home buying, selling andfinancing are all simplified.

I'm your host Freeman Sawyer.

With me is my co-host Tracy Wesman.

Today we're chatting withone of Texas top builders Sharon Gunter with First Texas Homes.

– Sharon can you share with us some of the value you get when youbuild with First Texas out there in the preserve,mainly some of the things that are included with your home that maybe aren't includedwith the other builders or even in other First Texas communities.

– Sure.

Some of the things that are included that I think are reallyexceptional, first of all, are our cabinets throughout the home.

They truly are custom cabinets.

They're not box cabinets, every single cabinet in the home is custom built.

So I always tell peopleopen up the drawers, look at it, see how it's built and compare that.

There's not a bunch of little nails and that sort of thing.

– [Freeman] Alright soyou've got beautiful bathrooms and beautiful kitchens.

– [Sharon] Exactly.

Yes, they're very, they'rejust really above most builders.

Also we are an energy star builder.

A lot of builders are energy star but one of the things we also add are the tank-less water heaters.

To me, that is one of thebest things in the world.

I actually had them comeout and put one in my house and I can take a showerall day long (laughs) and not run out of hot water.

– [Tracy] I need one of those.

– I absolutely love that,that is one thing that most builders are going to charge you for.

– [Freeman] For a tank-less water heater? – Exactly.

Then we have the great wholehome automation system, the Savant System.

That is really cool, I can even program it which is, that's saying something.

So that you now havecontrol with your phone or whatever for music, cameras, the heating and air conditioning, the garage door opener, thelights, everything in your home.

That comes standard withour First Texas homes and there isn't anotherbuilder that I know of in the Dallas Fort Wortharea that has that.

That's really important, itcomes with some extra things like the surround sound pre wire, pre wire for cameras, pre wire for speakers.

You can even set upscenes so like at my model I have a scene that turnson the lights 15 minutes before I get there towork, turns them off.

Turns off the music, turns down the heater and the air conditioning.

If you're interesting in that, – [Freeman] I think that's awhole new wave that's coming to the home world is home automation.

It sounds like you guyshave easy home automation and what we've actuallymet the guys from Home Pro and they do a great job for you guys.

They're a lot of fun, but the Savant Systemsounds just wonderful.

– [Sharon] It is, andit used to be, years ago only really high end homes, I mean multi million dollarhomes had this sort of available.

Today First Texas hasthat in all their homes.

– [Freeman] And I'm thinking by the way you made that commentthat even you could do it, it does not require teenage tech support? – Oh no, no, no, no.

No I can do it.

I actually understood it when he was showing me how to do it.

Now that's something.

– That's great, that's great.

Sharon if folks wanna come out to Rockwell and pay you a visit andpick out a home site, what's your website and phone number.

– [Sharon] Our website is FirstTexasHomes.

Com and our phone number at the preserve is 972 722 1719.

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How To Sell and Buy a Home on Same Day

The fun begins and with a few other thingscoming up in the near future we decided it was time to downsize and move closer to whereboth of our moms are It was just very smooth from the very beginning.

We were able to just click together.

I believe that this process was probably oneof the easiest and best.

I really think the best was to go with youguys first because we have had a really good experience.

I really liked the marketing.

The very first thing that I like that youwere able to do an Ariel view.

I had never really seen something like thatbefore so I was really impressed with the Ariel view.

And then I was really impressed that you didthe walkthrough, the things you said, and the enthusiasm that was shown, and the thingsthat were showing so positive about our home.

And then the way you guys marketing thingsand kept things going kept things moving, kept in touch with us to say ok what we cando here to see if we can help.

And I really did appreciate how well thatmarketing went because I know that the marketing really helped us a lot and I know that itwould have been harder if we wouldn’t have had the good marketing service’s that youguys gave us.

Everybody that we have talked to have beenvery impressed with everything and how it’s going.

The timing has worked out perfect for sellingthis home and purchasing the other.

We were able to close on both residences atthe same time that was a big help.

I really can’t see anything that you guyscould do different because you were so friendly, you were so helpful, and you were accessibleto us, you helped us in any way possible.

I just like what you’re doing so far sodon’t break it what you got going is great.

Thanks JoelThanks Ann! Thanks Joel! Thanks everybody for all of your help to helpus be successful to sell and move.

Thank you very much.

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029 MQ Benefits of Having a Builder Inspect Your Home

Welcome back to another episode of our Ask the Roofer series, I'm here with Matthew Query from Freedom Home Inspections, really good friend of mine; we've known each other for six seven years?.

Yeah at least!.

A while! Used to be Freedom Construction where you were general contractor.

I actually worked for him doing roofing and stuff like that; that's ancient history, you've been in home inspections, doing that side of the industry.

Yeah!.

And we were talking before, you said you wrote a blog, you posted or you're getting ready to post it, about the benefits of having someone who's experienced in construction look at your home in the inspection process as opposed to somebody who's just a trained inspector but hasn't really been a builder or anything; can you talk about that a little bit?.

Yeah sure! The process of becoming a home inspector, while difficult, is not impossible.

A lot of larger home inspection companies can hire, you know younger guys that are willing to go up and get it, and train those guys for what to look for; but over 12 years of experience I've had in the new construction industry, you see a lot of stuff that you just can't read in a book.

Yeah! Is like working on the back of a restaurant, once you've been back there, you go to a restaurant afterwards and you're like; " I see that, I see that, I see that".

Yeah! You've gotten dirty, you washed the dishes, you've cooked the food, you know the ins and outs of it for sure.

It's interesting because as a builder, working for a couple different companies, of you know, run up to 30 to 35 houses just myself, in multiple different communities, sometimes even in multiple different code jurisdictions.

So with that, not that I wanted to do a bad job, but I didn't have time to spend 3-4 hours in a house because I wouldn't be able to see every house.

And as a builder you're bringing in subcontractors.

Absolutely!.

it could even be a great subcontractor but if they have one guy who's having a bad day or if they have a new guy that's not necessarily good at his job, that can make everybody up the chain look bad and can create some very costing mistakes.

Yeah absolutely! And even as far as like working with different code jurisdictions, the county enforcement officials, great guys but they also have a lot to look at.

And you know they got to get through umpteen different inspections, I think one guy I talked to in just Mecklenburg County had like 40 inspections in one day, he knew he wasn't going to get to it.

But as a builder in new construction, you're really building the house to appease the inspector.

Yeah!.

So, I am a man of integrity, I'm gonna do the right thing always, but you know when a code enforcement official comes in and says he's not going to take a look at your roof trusses because it wouldn't fall back on him if there were a problem, you know there's there's flaws in the system.

But that's where home inspectors come in and they they bring great value, and that's where I bring my construction experience and.

What are some common things you see, and obviously there's thousands of different issues but what are some common things you see that are missed or done incorrectly like consistently?.

Well as far as pre-existing homes, just contractors that come in and do work in areas where they're not going to be viewed as easily, such as: in a crawl space, or in an addict.

One home in particular I felt so bad for the lady, she paid a contractor to come in and completely gut the house; and you know the crawl space was about yay tall and the amount of structural deficiencies I found in that crawlspace was astronomical.

Wow!.

And it's sad because there are people out there that will take advantage of the fact that people aren't going to get into those places but again that's why you pay me the big bucks to go into those.

Yeah! Well you say big bucks but it's not even that expensive.

No it's not, you know, the average inspections is probably 300 – 350 bucks and it takes me, I'll spend 3 hours at the house sometimes, if it's an older home that typically takes longer.

And several more hours writing up the report.

Yeah exactly! It can take three to four hours writing up the report so it's a very beneficial service and very inexpensive service as well.

Yeah! I mean, for the liability and the protection you pay money for your insurance, it's very similar, you're paying to protect your interests protect your home.

We've seen some crazy stuff like that, we've even done roof repairs before, or quoted repairs and obviously we're going to quote "hey this is what you can get away with it possible but it's going to last six months" and then "hey this is how to properly fix something".

We quoted this one lady and I think it was like 750 bucks, it was a whole chimney reflash in a really hard to get to location, like two-and-a-half stories up on a steep roof and it was rough.

Another gentleman came at a later time and quote her, he was like "let me take a look", went up there, did some work, came back down and said "you owe me 250 bucks", and she's like "I didn't even tell you to do the work".

And so we had taken pictures in our inspection like we always do, so we went back and he had just literally taking pieces of metal, caulk the side and caulk the bottom and stuck them on there and step them down, and it leaked the next time it rained.

Oh I bet, yeah!.

And so we were able to show her that "hey this is what it looked like when we were there, and this is what he did and it does you no good".

I know I've called you out when I worked for a previous company, you know I trusted you to come over and make sure that another contractor, that was the original contractor had done it right and the fact of the matter was, they didn't.

Many times they don't!.

Yeah! In one case particular I remember, they made the problem worse.

So it pays to have a company of integrity that's gonna look out for your best interests and not just the, you know the dollar figure to go out and, you know check something out.

I'll come out all day long and do a you know visual inspection tell you what I think, I've been doing that for my friends even before I was making money doing it.

Is just something I'm passionate about, I want to make sure people are protected.

Yeah! we need it in this area too.

We've talked about it before, we have a legitimate revenue stream off of other roofing contractors that do poor work and we have to go back and fix it which it it's a bad situation but we've talked so much about vetting people, back checking them, and I mean we're happy to, we're an open books, like if we do something we want to show you pictures "hey this is what we did, this is why we did it" but there's so many issues you can see.

And you're Charlotte company, like you are in Charlotte, we are in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Or in other places.

Well exactly but like right now we're in Charlotte and they're lots of, especially when you get like hailstorms, big storms, you get storm chasers and that's when you really gotta be careful right? because with all the guys, I've heard stories about them taking money and running.

We've seen, even after Hurricane Matthew which is not too distant past, tons of companies coming in and they're not doing good work at all and it causes problems down the road so.

Why do you think that is? You think they do it, I guess I have an idea, is it because they don't have a relationship.

Lack of integrity!.

Well that, and they don't have a relationship with local crews.

Yeah they don't! A lot of times is the qualifications for doing roof work here, you have a truck and you have a ladder, and you're doing sheet rock yesterday but today you're a roofer so.

I think it's just an all-around lack of care for longevity, legacy, and everybody's playing the short game, "hey we want to go sign this check" and have a commission at the end of the week and go buy a boat, they're not looking at 5, 10, 15 years down the road.

So they'll be here and gone in a year or or less, and they make some money and they're like "oh why is business so hard?" but they're not thinking about down the road so they don't care how their work reflects them they just want to collect that check, that's their whole goal.

I mean it's our goal too is to collect a check but for us, we want to collect a check for the next 20 years, we want to be here with a reputation of "hey we do proper work" and I'm building, were building legacy, were building a company, were providing a good product, we're solving a problem.

So it's just a different mentality, you see the same with builder,s I'm sure you see that with home inspectors; where they just come in, here's my check out list and I'm good to go.

Yeah they're the biggest, one of the things that caused me to want to jump into home inspections, was what I saw as a on the builder side, receiving the home inspection and being really frustrated.

like "I know I'm building a good quality house" and yeah I missed some stuff so I'm grateful for the fact that they found some stuff that I overlooked I'm only human.

Well working with that many houses there's going to be oversight and that's why there's a second layer.

But to come in and be rabble-rouser you know to.

Try to legitimize why they were there!.

Exactly! I don't need to legitimize my place in the world you know, that comes from my heavenly Father so I don't have to worry about that.

But when the inspector comes in and makes you feel bad about your purchase, or worries about it, makes you worry about it.

That's not fair and I don't want to do that, I want to use common sense language, I've obviously got to put disclaimers you know legally because that's just that the world we live in but bottom line is I want to make sure that, you know, my clients know what they're getting, and what's actually really a legitimate issue, and what you really should push back on to get fixed before you go to closing rather than "oh well you know, I saw this on the internet" now I'm gonna put this link in here and scare you about your purchase.

You know we see a lot of signs, and obviously for for roofing inspectors don't get on roofs, but across the board I've seen some reports that the entire report was they take a picture of something and it was copy and pasted "have a licensed contractor inspect this issue", and they didn't really document or call out, they just snap pictures and put just like, he just did the minimum he could and then left.

That did no good for the homeowner, just sike them out "oh man this property is in horrible condition because I need a contractor for every single thing to see what's really going on" so.

Yeah and I put that in my disclaimer at the beginning paragraph of a section and it's almost grayed out, it's like smaller subtext because it's not the important part; is there to cover me in the event something happens or whatever but the big information I don't put in every single section in HVAC, "called an HVAC contractor", "call a plumbing contractor", "call a you know roofing contractor.

I mean you know you gotta call roofing contractor.

I don't know if you knew this but I'm not allowed, per the standards of practice of North and South Carolina, I can't actually do work on a home for 12 months after I've done the inspection, so I have zero, you know.

No conflict of interest.

No conflict of interest, I have zero benefit for calling an item out.

I'm they're legitimately to try to help the client so.

Great! We're gonna put your information here so people can find you.

If you have home inspection questions, I know we hit a very broad kind of, we'll talk about some other stuff in other videos but if you have home inspection questions, please put them in the comments or things you're concerned about or issues.

I can obviously, we can talk about siding, roofing, windows, that kind of stuff but anything outside of that I mean we'll have Matt throw his expertise out there but.

Thanks for watching and we'll see you on the next one.

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