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Home Inspection Secrets of A Happy Home Inspector: A Guide to Peace of Mind for Home Buyers, Sellers, and the Agents who Love Them! Paperback – June 17, 2013
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About the Author
Wally Conway, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, retired Navy Pilot, licensed contractor, home inspector, energy auditor, media expert and entrepreneur who is the founder of The Energy Audit Marketing Center. As a media-active educator, Wally has been a regularly featured expert on the HGTV hit series “House Detectives”, is co-host of the DIYNetwork series “Finders-Fixers”, created and hosted “My Buddy’s Boat TV”, produces and host’s “The Energy Savers” television show and is co-host of “The Home and Garden Show” radio show heard on WOKV every Saturday. Passionate and ever eager to share an idea, Wally also speaks regularly across North America. Wally’s Green journey started while living until recently on a 36’ trawler. Discovering that he could shower on a gallon of water, be cooled with a breeze, and read rather than own a television made being efficient easy after moving back ashore. When not speaking in front of a live audience, Wally writes routinely and authored the book “Secrets of the Happy Home Inspector”. Credentials earned include LEED AP, LEED Green Rater, HERS rater, Commercial Energy Auditor, RESNET HESP, BPI Building Analyst and others. Wally has performed over 5,000 home and building inspections, numerous energy audits and infrared evaluations.
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Top Customer Reviews
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David Haught ACI, MIES, EP
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Wally has co-hosted and been featured on shows for HGTV as well as the DIY network. He currently hosts a long running weekly radio show in Jacksonville called "The Home and Garden Show". Wally also operates one of the most successful home inspection companies in Florida, HomePro Inspections.
The target audiences for this book, according to Wally, are home buyers, sellers, and agents.
As a home inspector, I have always been disappointed with the lack of information written about the home buying process and the various parties involved. Most books about home inspection are written from a purely technical standpoint. This book however deals with the complete home buying process and how various professionals such as inspectors, appraisers, agents, title companies and mortgage brokers all participate in providing peace of mind to a homebuyer.
Wally spends the first few chapters of the book explaining the importance of managing the expectations of the home buyer. I like his quote " People are happy when things turn out well or better than expected: not necessarily that they turned out well. People hate surprises especially in a real estate transaction.
The book explains that service providers are there to help especially in the area of identifying and managing the home buyers risk in the transaction. The responsibility of reducing risk is outlined for agents, inspectors, appraisers, title companies, and mortgage professionals.Read more ›
The role of the real estate agent, building permits and inspectors, using an old home inspection (to save money, of course), the approximate cost you might pay for a thorough inspection -- all these and many more topics are covered in depth. I'd start reading a section, thinking it might not apply to me, and then - yep, it does!
This book reinforced many reasons for me to use a home inspector. My only regret is that I probably won't be selling and buying too many more times. If and when I do, I'll certainly employ someone like Wally.
I've listened to Wally's radio show in Jacksonville for years. I can hear his voice behind all the book's words.
A good, informative read.
If all the professionals in the system (agents, home inspectors, lenders, appraisers, surveyors, etc) would each take the time to carefully explain their own services to the clients, listen carefully to the expectations of those clients, and then explain what they are prepared to deliver to those clients, we would all have happier clients. And more deals would go to closing.
At House Exam Inspection, for example, we have always expressed appreciation to the agents who have trusted their clients to us. We tell them we appreciate them, because we are borrowing their clients, but guess what: They become OUR clients, too! And we are definitely going to serve their interest in understanding the home, so they can make informed decisions.
IN other words, we embrace a team approach, and we believe that EVERY home buyer and seller deserves no less.
Thanks, Mr. Conway, for your honesty and the opportunity you has provided for greater understanding throughout the industry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a cartoon book written in colloquial language. Not a real text for a learning purpose.Published 2 months ago by Barry Richard Sacks
Especially useful to home sellers and buyers, it isn't at all technical. It mainly promotes home inspection services.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It’s crazy to think there may be conflict and mistrust issues between many real estate professionals and home inspectors, but often there are endless challenges and even avoidance... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Clark Smith
If you are looking for specifics on what items on the home inspection mean trouble and need to be addressed as well as which items to negotiate and which to let go, don't bother... Read morePublished 14 months ago by ThunderReader
Book feels like 50% marketing for the author's home inspection business and 50% practical advice with a few somewhat interesting vignettes mixed in. Read morePublished 15 months ago by doc0875
I am interested in renovating my home. I wondered if there was a role for a home inspector. After reading this book I think there is. I am going to try to find d one. Good read.Published 18 months ago by MaryP