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CREIA Explains Common Myths & Realties about Home Inspections.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- In an ongoing series during its 30th anniversary year, the California Real Estate Inspection Association CREIA – California Real Estate Inspection Association.

CREIA is a nonprofit education & credentialing organization to benefit consumers and professionals primarily in California.
 (CREIA CREIA California Real Estate Inspection Association (Palm Springs, CA)
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) cautions home buyers and sellers, as well as all individuals involved in real estate transactions, that there are myths and misconceptions Misconceptions is an American sitcom television series for The WB Network for the 2005-2006 season that never aired. It features Jane Leeves, formerly of Frasier, and French Stewart, formerly of 3rd Rock From the Sun.  associated with retaining the services of a professional home inspector INSPECTOR. The name given to certain officers whose duties are to examine and inspect things over which they have jurisdiction; as, inspector of bark , one who is by law authorized to examine bark for exportation, and to approve or disapprove of its quality. . CREIA presents Part Three of the continuing series "Myths & Realities about Home Inspections". An additional listing of common myths can be found online at See .org.

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RFC 1591.
Myth:     The inspection report is a seller's repair list.

REALITY:  The purpose of a home inspection is not to serve the seller
          with a repair list. The primary objective is to know what
          you are buying before you buy it. All homes have defects;
          it's not possible to acquire one that is perfect. What you
          want is a working knowledge of significant defects before
          you close escrow. The inspector's role is not to identify a
          complete repair list for the home, nor is it the sellers
          obligation to repair any problems discovered by the home
          inspector. Sellers are not required to produce a flawless
          house. They have no such obligation by law or by contract;
          most repairs are subject to negotiation between the parties
          of a sale. Sellers make repairs as a matter of choice, not
          obligation; to foster good will or to facilitate
          consummation of the sale. Sellers maintain the legal right
          to refuse repair demands, except where requirements are set
          forth by state law, local ordinance, or the real estate
          purchase contract.

Myth:     A home for sale "As-Is" does not need an inspection.

REALITY:  There are some misconceptions regarding the so-called
          "As-Is" sale of real estate. When a seller states they are
          selling the property "As-Is", it does not relieve the seller
          of certain responsibilities under California state laws
          relating to the sale or transfer of ownership of real
          property. The seller is still required to disclose all known
          material facts to a buyer by completing a "Real Estate
          Transfer Disclosure Statement," commonly referred to by the
          real estate industry as a "TDS." A property being sold
          "As-Is" is really being sold "As-Is" as disclosed. A buyer
          should always obtain an independent professional property
          inspection to be fully informed as to the current condition
          of the property.

Make sure you retain the services of a qualified inspector who is trained and experienced in home inspection. It is also very important that your inspector be a member of a professional association such as CREIA to ensure qualifications and continued education. Since 1976, CREIA, a non-profit voluntary membership organization has been providing education, training, and support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services  to the real estate inspection profession and to the public. Inspectors must adhere to adhere to
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 CREIA's Code of Ethics Code of Ethics can refer to:
  • Ethical code, a code of professional responsibility, noting what behaviors are "ethical".
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 and follow the Standards of Practice developed and maintained by the Association. These Standards of Practice have been recognized by the State of California California (kăl'ĭfôr`nyə), most populous state in the United States, located in the Far West; bordered by Oregon (N), Nevada and, across the Colorado River, Arizona (E), Mexico (S), and the Pacific Ocean (W). , and are considered the source for Home Inspector Standard of Care by the real estate and legal communities.

CREIA requires its members to successfully pass a written test of building systems and components and complete 30 hours of continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
continuing education
 or adult education

Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904).
 each year. CREIA members can accumulate Accumulate

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 education credit through various sources including monthly chapter meetings, educational conferences and seminars, and other approved activities. CREIA keeps records to ensure that members are complying with the requirements. Educational topics cover a variety of technical subjects including updates and advances that affect property inspection and the business of real estate inspection.

CREIA is dedicated to consumer protection and education. To locate a qualified CREIA inspector near you, call CREIA at (800) 388-8443, or visit the CREIA website at
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