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April 2013

In first sign of spring’s arrival, real estate contract signings flourish


More people are in the market to buy a home, as indicated by the number of contract signings there were in March.
According to the National Association of Realtors, the pending home sales index – which takes into account the number of real estate contract signings there were in a given month – increased 1.5 percent in March to 105.7. That’s 7 percent ahead of where the PHSI was at this time last year.

Parents’ guide to home inspection for toddler safety


Knob guards can prevent children from causing trouble and unintentionally injuring themselves.
The following safety measures should help parents perform their own mini home inspection so that they can effectively childproof their residence so that it’s kid-friendly.

Certain methods often used fend off wildfire risk


Vegetation gives wildfires the fuel they need to expand, which is why it's crucial to maintain land so that this is not an issue.
There are a variety of ways in which homeowners can prepare themselves and their properties in the event they are in the path of a potential wildfire – and it starts with a home inspection of potential risk factors that surround the house.

What to inspect after a tornado has blown through


Tornadoes can bring tremendous amounts of damage. Certain portions of the house ought to be checked first after storms such as these take place.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors has a list of some of the parts of the house that should be examined following these types of storms.

Sellers eager to put homes on auction block


Two times as many people say now is the time to sell versus how many said as much in the first quarter of 2013.
Though housing inventory levels aren’t as robust as they have been in the past, they are increasingly being replenished, as recent polling data indicates more people are putting their properties up for sale.
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