InterNACHI should get in on this

HUD, FHA Urge Home Inspections
Starting Sept. 14, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is including a mandate that instructs lenders to inform borrowers when they first meet to get a home inspection prior to purchasing a home. The mandate will be added to the HUD/Federal Housing Administration Single Family Policy Handbook and will include a document called “For Your Protection, Get a Home Inspection.”

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HUD has asked the American Society of Home Inspectors to provide buyers with information about why they should get a home inspection, why the FHA does not guarantee the value or condition of a new home, and information on radon gas testing and other safety and health issues.

“We are proud to provide critical inspection information for this handbook to help home buyers protect themselves,” says Frank Lesh, ASHI executive director. “Owning a home is one of the biggest financial investments in a person’s life, and a home inspection can help prevent costly problems.”

Huh? We helped create the handbook. It’s been done for a while.

HUD’s employees (managers) are members of InterNACHI. HUD pays InterNACHI each year so that HUD employees have access to our inspection courses.

If you read ASHI’s press release carefully, you’ll find it is much to do about nothing.

I volunteer with a local group to teach the VHDA first time home buyers class. The document mentioned has been part of that program for most of this year. I give a copy of the Now that…book to each student. Normally, just two or so attendees. The handbook that VHDA gives students only listed ASHI and NAHI. Nachi is supposed to be included in the next printing.