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ASHI Announces New Consumer Education Program

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Designed to Speed Sales Process, Reduce Liability
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has announced a new consumer education program designed to speed buyers' decisions and help reduce real estate agent liability.

"Our program is designed to provide both consumers and real estate professionals with the most up-to-date information on the inspection process, as well as lists of qualified inspectors in their area," noted Mike Casey, president of ASHI, the largest and most respected professional society for home inspectors in the country.

The new educational material is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, through the ASHI Web site at www.ashi.org, or by calling ASHI toll-free at 800-743-2744.

Current Lists Available
"Now real estate professionals can personally provide listings from the Web site, or direct their clients there for further information," Casey added, who made the announcement during National Home Awareness Week, which took place April 1-7. "By recommending Members who follow the ASHI Standards of Practice, real estate agents increase their confidence factor with buyers and may even reduce their liability."

ASHI Member inspectors have performed more than 250 professional home inspections, successfully completed two rigorous written exams, including the National Home Inspection Exam, which carefully tests their knowledge of all building systems and components, report writing, professional practice, and the diagnosis of building defects.

Casey states that real estate professionals are more likely to experience a smooth transaction if their clients hire an experienced, competent inspector. The new consumer education program also stresses the importance of the buyer being on site during the inspection to ask questions, learn and observe.

Provides Pertinent Questions
The new ASHI education program provides consumers with a series of professional questions to ask potential home inspectors they're considering. These range from credentials, time needed for inspection, scope of written report, to cost.

Background information on the inspection process also reminds consumers that the process is not intended to be technically exhaustive, and does not carry any type of home warranty. It does, however, provide a visual snapshot of the general condition of the property.

"Real estate agents across the country are finding that providing printouts from the ASHI Web site saves their clients time and thus shortens the buying cycle," Casey pointed out. "Everyone benefits from a shorter buying cycle, especially the buyer who will get into their new house sooner and know the overall condition of the property. This satisfaction is likely to stimulate both referrals and repeat sales."

About ASHI
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is the oldest and most respected non-profit, professional organization of home inspectors in North America. With nearly 6,000 members, it is the authoritative voice of the home inspection profession.

Real estate professionals who wish to know more about the American Society of Home Inspectors or obtain the names of ASHI members near them may contact the organization at 932 Lee Street, Suite 101, Des Plaines, IL 60016. Phone: 800-743-2744. Web site: www.ashi.org.


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