Home Essentials: If Houses Could Talk  

Discover how you can understand the language of a house and change the way you inspect properties!

Designed for all licensees to gain insight into real estate appraisal, the “Home Essentials: If Houses Could Talk” video series will help appraisers and non-appraisers alike improve their understanding about property features both inside and outside the house. Led by instructor Steve Tadevich, these short and easy-to-understand presentations will provide you with insight to identify and understand what a house is really trying to say.  

Home Essential Series:

Home Essentials 101: Exterior — Roof 

This presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of a property’s roof, looking at everything from the roof line to the drip line. You’ll acquire the skills and knowledge to understand house “language” that will forever change the way you perform property exterior inspections. Length: 25:04

Home Essentials 102: Exterior — General Inspection

This presentation offers a detailed analysis of the exterior of a house excluding the roof, primarily focusing on features you’ll see while walking around a house as well as how you can identify and address defects. Length: 33:15   

Home Essentials 103: Interior 

Quality and condition ratings are two of the most important yet least understood evaluations in the appraisal process. Home Essentials 103 will help you become familiar with the interior inspection — specifically knowing what to look for and how to interpret findings. Length: 26:46

Home Essentials 104: Mechanicals

Understanding the “heart” of a house requires knowledge of the mechanical systems. This course will equip you with the knowledge to confidently identify and rate the various heating, plumbing and electrical components of a property. Length: 39:38

Home Essentials 105: Basements, Crawl Spaces and Attics

Major defects in properties typically first appear in the basement, crawl space or attic — and Home Essentials 105 will provide you with the insight to spot such defects. Gain a professional edge with your ability to recognize structural defects and how to address them! Length: 38:19

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Member fee: $9.95 per course
Nonmember fee: $12.95 per course
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