Home Insurance: Mansour Hasan

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Special Guest

Mansour Hasan

State Farm® Insurance Agent

joins The Housing Hour this week to give our listeners sound homeowner insurance tips. Mansour’s mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. He serves the Knoxville and surrounding area with Home Insurance, Auto Insurance, Life Insurance, Health Insurance, and Business Insurance. Mansour  really models what it means to be a good neighbor in Tennessee, and provides the highest levels of customer service. He provides and serves you with Auto Insurance, Home Insurance, Health Insurance, and Life Insurance throughout Tennessee, including; Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Maryville, and Lenoir City.

Disclosures

Securities Supervisor address: 11350 Johns Creek Pkwy , Duluth, GA 30098-0001 Phone: 770-418-5033

State Farm Bank, F.S.B., Bloomington, Illinois (“Bank”), is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. NMLS ID 139716. The other products offered by affiliate companies of State Farm Bank are not FDIC insured, not a State Farm Bank obligation or guaranteed by State Farm Bank, and subject to investment risk, including possible loss of principal invested. The Bank encourages any interested individual(s) to submit a written application for any product(s) offered by the Bank. We also encourage you to obtain information regarding the Bank’s underwriting standards for each type of credit of service offered by visiting statefarm.com or by contacting the Bank at 877-SF4-BANK (877-734-2265). Callers who are hearing or speech impaired should dial 711 or use a preferred Telecommunications Relay Service. To apply for a Bank product, you may also see your participating State Farm agent.

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Life Insurance and annuities are issued by State Farm Life Insurance Company. (Not Licensed in MA, NY, and WI) State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in New York and Wisconsin) Home Office, Bloomington, Illinois.

Before investing, consider the funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Contact State Farm VP Management Corp., (1-800-447-4930) for a prospectus or summary prospectus con-taining this and other information. Read it carefully. AP2014/12/2170

State Farm VP Management Corp. is a separate entity from those State Farm entities which provide banking and insurance products. Investing involves risk, including potential for loss.

Neither State Farm nor its agents provide tax or legal advice. Please consult a tax or legal advisor for advice regarding your personal circumstances.

 

Insurance Claim Disputes: Chip Merlin, Esq.

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William F. “Chip” Merlin, Jr.

founder and president of Merlin Law Group joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the Gatlinburg wildfires with tips on how to work with your Insurance company after a loss.

Topics this week:
  •  What are the first steps to do after suffering from a fire loss?
  • Does an owner have to rebuild back the way the structure was before the loss?
  •   If everything is gone, how do I go about making a list of what was burned?
  • What am I entitled to for a replacement cost insurance?
  •  Dealing with contractors—who should I hire?
  •   My property is old and they say I have to make repairs to fit the new building codes. Am I covered for these costs?

Plus so much more!

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Insurance Claim Disputes: Chip Merlin, Esq.

Since 1983, Chip Merlin has served as a plaintiff’s attorney with a focus on Commercial & Residential Property Insurance Claim Disputes and Bad Faith Insurance litigation. Chip is a noted national authority on Insurance Bad Faith, lecturing to national trade groups and publishing a number of papers and articles on the subject for organizations such as The American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, The Windstorm Insurance Network, and Trial Magazine.

Chip served as Chair for the Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group and Secretary for the Fire and Property Insurance Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). He was also Vice-Chair for the Subcommittee on Property Insurance Law for the American Bar Association.

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Franco Ripple | Vice President

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Christmas Home Inspection Disasters

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Jack Feldmann

with Clayton Home Inspections joins The Housing Hour this week to unwrap some common Christmas decoration mistakes that can be very dangerous for your family. Jack covers topic such as:

1.       Live tree close to heat source

2.       Exterior Lights passing UL test-

3.       Lead based decorations

4.       Stapling lights to fascia or on roof shingles

5.       Proper outlet-Ground Fault

6.       Plug-in strings of lights exceeding manufacturing recommendations

7.       Cracked sockets/frayed wires – old equipment

Christmas Home Inspection Disasters

So joins us and learn how you can make your  Christmas safe!


Jack is Experienced!

  • Business established in 1989. Knoxville home inspector since 1994.
  • Thousands of inspections completed. Typically, over 1,000,000 square feet per year. Will reach 10,000 inspections in 2015!!!!!
  • Continuing Education. The State of Tennessee requires home inspectors to have 16 hours per year CEU’s. ASHI requires 20 hours per year CEU’s. I typically take 20 – 30 hours per year.
  • Twelve years as Inspector/Construction Project Manager for Los Angeles County Office of Education.
  • Former licensed general building contractor in California. (License # B635092; license retired in 1994).
  • Over twenty years of construction experience.
  • Instructor at Trecs Real Estate School in Knoxville.
  • Instructor for University of TN Non Credit course on Home inspection.
  • Conducts workshops and training for real estate agents with regard to home inspection.
  • Newspaper column writer on home inspection.

Murder Will Out

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In 1921, it was considered the most horrifying, gruesome murder in East Tennessee history.

Starting in Knoxville, with a sickening murder in Robertsville, Tennessee (pre-Oak Ridge), to an attempted bank robbery in Oakdale-this story has it all- ending with four men executed in Tennessee’s electric chair on the same day (a dark state record).

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Co-Host Mark W. Griffith

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It seems like every 100 years, or so a sensational trial occurs in communities across the country. Most of them maintain only a local level of interest but occasionally some reach the attention of the national media. The story of George Lewis and Andrew Crumley reached a national audience; its horrific tale of a brutally cruel murder and attempted murder caught the ire and sympathy of the nation. After the sensational trial, verdict and death sentence, the country seemed to wait in anticipation for the execution. On March 1, 1922, Tennessee executed four men; national news headlines exploded with the news.
In the trials closing augments, prosecuting attorney W. H. Buttram predicted the trial would be, ‘….remembered a hundred years hence.’ But in reality, with justice being served quickly and inexorably, memories of the horror soon faded.
Murder Will Out rekindles some of the emotions undoubtedly felt at the time and attempts to honor the memories of two innocent lives that fell victim to such a despicable plot.housinghour_bookcover_700x900-01

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Mark W. Griffith
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Housing and the Presidential Election

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Housing and the Presidential Election

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Steve Kleber

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The housing crisis is an issue that needs to be faced and tackled by the next administration. Both presidential candidates have contrasting stances on the issue along with different backgrounds. Trump, a real estate mogul, should be better for housing, but his history in the industry is questionable. Eighteen months before the housing crash, Trump started a mortgage company that would go on to fail. The company offered residential mortgages with quick approval, and aggressive salesmen; the same kind of mortgages that led to the housing crisis in the first place. After it failed, Trump distanced himself from the company and claimed he wasn’t involved with it, blaming the people he hired to run the business. The failed business left behind unpaid employees as well as unpaid taxes. Today, he claims that he predicted the housing crisis, but the facts tell a different story.

On the other hand, Clinton has no background in real estate but experts believe that she would be better for the housing industry. Her biggest challenge is getting voters to trust her.

The question then becomes: with a unique track record for Trump, and a general sense of mistrust surrounding Clinton, who would be better for the housing industry and why?

 

Housing Crisis
Background: The current housing crisis, while not as bad as the one from last decade, is still an issue. One of the biggest issues is the lack of affordable housing. The current housing market isn’t in bad shape, but there is a problem with inventory.

What are the challenges facing the next administration when it comes to housing?

  • 11 million households spend more than half of their income on rent
  • There is a shortage of affordable rental homes
  • The available houses are being rented by higher-income households making it so only 3 in 10 extremely low income renters have access to affordable housing
  • Millennials aren’t buying homes
  • More people are remodeling than buying

Which candidate do voters believe will be best for the housing crisis?

  • 33% of current homeowners believe Trump would be better, while 31% believe Clinton would be better
  • 35% of perspective homeowners believe Clinton would be better, while 27% believe Trump would be better
  • According to a survey conducted by Berkshire Hathaway in June, 66% of existing homeowners see the current market as favorable, which is up 5% from the spring

Housing Plan Comparison
Background: the next president has to deal with the current housing issues. Clinton has laid out a specific plan, and Trump has mentioned what he would but has no released a plan.

 Trump:

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  • In an address to the National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors, he said he plans to slash regulations to give the housing industry a boost by:
  • Getting rid of any regulations that kill jobs
  • Reducing income taxes on businesses up to 15%
  • Removing bureaucrats who have implemented regulations that hurt job growth
  • Appointing Supreme Court Justices who would have a positive impact on the industry

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  • Help responsible homeowners save for a down payment by providing funding initiatives in underserved communities to match up $10,000 in savings for “responsible homeowners who earn less than the area median income to put towards a down payment on a first home”
  • Increase funding and broaden credit terms for housing counseling programs shown to help borrowers become sustainable homeowners
  • Update underwriting tools to reflect today’s job market by pushing congress to government agencies to use a new generation of credit testing tools
  • Clarify the rules to expand access by giving every government agency that supports mortgage lending 90 days to present a plan to clarify their lending terms
  • For renters, she plans to reduce the cost by defending the current supply of Low Income Housing Tax Credits and providing additional credits to communities where demand for the credits exceeds the supplies

Construction
Background: one of the issues facing the housing industry is a problem with inventory. Because construction relies heavily on foreign born workers, the candidates’ policies on immigration is very important.

What does the construction industry currently look like?

  • The business is four years into a shortage of framers, roofers, dry-wallers, and painters
  • This has rained the cost of construction, as well as slowed it down
  • This was caused by the decrease of illegal immigration vs a few years ago
  • Mexicans are returning home in huge numbers; more Mexicans have returned home since 2009 than there were when migration peaked in 2006 (Pew Research)
  • 14% of construction jobs go to undocumented workers
  • As of August, there are 454,000 unemployed construction workers in the US
  • This is the lowest number for the month of August in more than 16 years

Which candidate is better for construction?

  • Clinton because Trump’s plan to deport millions of undocumented immigrants would have a huge, negative impact of the construction industry
  • According to Mark Boud, the Chief Economist at Hanely Wood, deporting the millions of undocumented immigrants who stayed would result in “fewer homes built in an industry already short in terms of housing supply”
  • The National Association of Home Builders has even been lobbying for a new guest worker program where foreign nationals would be allowed into the US for temporary stretches for jobs, including construction
  • David Weekely, of David Weekely Homes, claims that reporting all of the laborers would put various different industries in bad shape
  • The Fr*ee Architecture Firm has proposed that instead of building a wall, build a border city to accommodate the 100 million people living there
  • Overall, most housing professionals agree that Trump’s stance on immigration is problematic for housing and will have negative long term effects

Solar Energy
Background: Solar energy is and housing are intertwined and a hot-button issue with long-term repercussions. The GOP and the Democratic Parties have always have very different views on this issue, and it has become increasingly important in the past few years.

Where does the solar power industry fit into the election?

  • Democrats back government incentives and funding, which is opposed by Republicans who believe in market-based mechanisms
  • Currently at the federal level, there is a 30% solar investment tax credit which is the most important policy mechanism for supporting the solar energy sector
  • There are also state-level regulations like net metering and renewable portfolio standards which require/encourage utility companies to derive a certain minimum of their electricity supply from renewable sources
  • The federal government plays a role by incentivizing renewables by lowering emissions for conventional fossil fuel sources

What is the future of solar energy?

  • Solar is becoming increasingly economically feasible, reaching grid parity in many southwestern US states

Where does each candidate stand in terms of solar energy?

  • Clinton
  • Plans to install 500 million solar panels during the first time
  • Intends to defend, implement, and extend pollution and efficiency standards, including the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan
  • Part of her plan requires congress approval but would be very good for solar demand and boosting near-term pricing
  • Trump
  • Has not outlined specific agenda or target for renewables, and has expressed skepticism about man-made climate change
  • Intends to rescind the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan and potentially cancel the Paris climate agreement that world powers signed in December 2015
  • This would be beneficial for the oil and coal industries

Which candidate is better for solar energy?

  • Clinton has better solar power policies that if implement could provide long-term effects and essentially lead the path for other countries to follow suit
  • Trump would have no negative sort-term implications but would have negative long-term implications because the US is a world leader – if the US is against solar energy, other countries are likely to follow our lead

Overall, who would be better for the housing industry?

  • Trump has not released a plan for dealing with housing
  • While Trump has a background in real estate, Clinton’s proposed housing policies would be more beneficial for dealing with the housing crisis

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Leave it to Kleber: Housing and the Election

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Special Guest

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Kleber & Associates,

joins The Housing Hour this week to talk about the 2016 presidential elections and how the candidate’s policies could affect the housing market. Steve is an expert in national housing trends and shares his expertise on topics for this show which include:

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  • Challenges facing the next administration when it comes to housing
  • Who voters believe will be best for the housing market
  • Candidates housing plan comparison 
  • Which candidate would be best for new residential construction
  • Which candidate is better for solar energy

Be sure to check out the entire Series:

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Also check out Steve Kleber’s blogs:

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Steve founded Kleber and Associates in 1987. An Atlanta-based full-service marketing agency which specializes in the home and building channel, K&A works in partnership with a variety of clients who market premium products for both residential and commercial applications that are targeted to consumers, architects, developers, builders, remodelers, designers and manufacturers.

Steve is a passionate force driving his agency to consider non-traditional marketing approaches and alliances with key influencers to add impact to marketing and sales efforts.

K&A also regularly collaborates with marketing research partners to explore emerging trends in generational and consumer purchasing groups. Some of Steve’s recent presentations and original white papers include an exploration of the trend in Small Spaces, the Missing Male in marketing and product development circles, social media and search as it relates to ROI, and consumer trends in relation to specific demographic groups.

Steve is the president of the National Remodeling Foundation, promoting excellence in the field and providing support to younger generations entering it. He is the immediate past president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Center for Kitchen and Bath Education and Research, a non-profit foundation created for the purpose of educating and cultivating future leaders in the kitchen and bath industry.

 

 

The Haunted Housing Hour

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Destination America’s TV Ghost Hunting Team

Paranormal Technology Investigations

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Special Guest:

 

Sequoyah Hills Home Investigation

During a spirit box session at the Sequoyah Hills home, Kathy and Robb isolate the activity as being Catherine’s husband Mark’s side of the family. They voice captured here is a breathy “Mark”

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During the same session, a stronger voice saying “Mark” can be heard.

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After the voice say Mark another male voice says, “Cathy” and immediately  Robb say,’Did you say Cathy?’

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Robb Phillips and Kathy Shepard

Oujia Board is a dangerous thing according to our guests:

 

You can watch their investigation on Destination America: The Haunting!

The Haunted Housing Hour

In October 2011, Amelia and Calvin Braddy move into an 19th century house in Hampton, Tennessee. Calvin works maintenance at a restaurant while Amelia is a stay at home mother to their two young children five year old Sarah and one year old Chelsea. One morning Amelia hears noises and looks around, but finds nothing that is causing it. Days later, Amelia hears a voice of a child and believes it’s Sarah calling her. The baseboard heater is then mysteriously ripped off the wall in the girls’ bedroom causing spark and smoke. After the firefighters come, one of them tells Amelia about the history in the place how a mother accidentally caused a fire that killed her and her three children a decade earlier. Sarah then begins talking to “imaginary friends” who quickly scare her, which turn out to be the spirit of the children who were killed. Amelia, a believer of the paranormal, tries to convince Calvin of the haunting. Calvin however doesn’t believe her, but the next day he comes face to face with a dark figure while Amelia is out shopping with the girls. He keeps it to himself to not worry Amelia. One night, the dark figure returns sucking the life out of Calvin while he’s sleeping. He believes it’s not the children behind it. With no family to turn to or having the money to move, the family is stuck is the house. After several more incidents, Amelia calls paranormal investigator Robb Phillips who lives in nearby Jonesborough, Tennessee to help them. He and his assistant Kathy Shephard uncover that the house was one a half-way house for male prisoners in the 1920s and a man was shot outside on the porch. Amelia is attacked during the investigation by a demonic entity that Rob and Kathy believe are holding the other spirits captive. They hold a ritual in an attempt to rid the house of the evil entity once and set the other spirits free. However several days later, Chelsea is beginning to walk, and while Amelia has her back turned, she comes to realize that the demon has unlocked the door to the high balcony and put Chelsea out there. Panicking, Amelia bangs on the door and tries to unlock the door and it finally opens, so she can carry Chelsea to safety. The family decides to move out of the house. With the children safe with their grandma, Calvin and Amelia pack up, and as they are about to leave, the doors and windows slam and shut, trying to trap them. Luckily Calvin and Amelia run out of the house to safety.

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Steve Kleber: Smart Technologies For Homes

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Steve Kleber

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joins The Housing Hour to continue the series, ‘Leave It To Kleber‘ and discuss the hottest trend-Smart Technologies for Homes!

Steve founded Kleber and Associates in 1987. An Atlanta-based full-service marketing agency which specializes in the home and building channel, K&A works in partnership with a variety of clients who market premium products for both residential and commercial applications that are targeted to consumers, architects, developers, builders, remodelers, designers and manufacturers.

Steve is a passionate force driving his agency to consider non-traditional marketing approaches and alliances with key influencers to add impact to marketing and sales efforts.

housinghour_banner_Banner_stevekleberK&A also regularly collaborates with marketing research partners to explore emerging trends in generational and consumer purchasing groups. Some of Steve’s recent presentations and original white papers include an exploration of the trend in Small Spaces, the Missing Male in marketing and product development circles, social media and search as it relates to ROI, and consumer trends in relation to specific demographic groups.

Steve is the president of the National Remodeling Foundation, promoting excellence in the field and providing support to younger generations entering it. He is the immediate past president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Center for Kitchen and Bath Education and Research, a non-profit foundation created for the purpose of educating and cultivating future leaders in the kitchen and bath industry.

Four Myths About Natural Stone (And Why They’re Not True)

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Four Myths About Natural Stone

(And Why They’re Not True)

 by Marble Institute of America

Natural stone is one of the most beautiful materials available for residential and commercial design. Each piece is unique, not man-made, and can fit effortlessly into a variety of decors, making it a top choice for consumers and designers. While natural stone is a popular material, there are several myths surrounding its use that cause homeowners to question its practicality.

housinghour_banner_Banner_stevekleberMyth #1: Natural Stone Stains Easily.

Staining is a big concern for many homeowners considering natural stone. A common misconception is that common products like red wine, cosmetics, or coffee will stain natural stone countertops beyond repair. While staining can occur on any light colored material, including some lighter stones, Carl Vona Jr., president of Paramount Stone in Stamford, Connecticut, says that most stains are treatable: “We can always troubleshoot the problem. If you know the origin of the stain, you can care for it.”5

 

Jennifer M. Foresman, owner of Madison & Wells Design in Atlanta, Georgia, recommends being mindful of material choice if stains are a concern: “If a client wants white marble for their bathrooms, I would recommend using it in the master bath rather than a child’s bathroom. White granite would be a beautiful option for a child’s bathroom—it gives a similar look but is more stain resistant.”

 

Myth #2: Natural Stone is Expensive.

Natural stone is often found in high-end projects, but that doesn’t mean it is out of reach for more modest budgets. The cost of natural stone depends on a variety of factors, including availability and demand.

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Susan Thiel, founder of Susan Thiel Design in Los Angeles, remarked that natural stone is often in a similar price range as many man-made materials. “Prices vary depending on the movement of the slab and the color. Sometimes we find that natural stone is less expensive than man-made materials.”

 

Myth #3: Natural Stone is Delicate and Requires Too Much Maintenance.

Softer stones, such as marble or limestone, can be susceptible to etching or scratching. However, this can be prevented by taking simple preventative measures. Always use a cutting board when preparing food on natural stone countertops, especially with acidic foods such as tomato sauce or lemons. Consider using coasters and trivets under glasses and hot pans. Clean up spills as quickly as possible. Do not use harsh cleaning products on natural stone—instead, choose a gentle cleanser and a soft cloth.

 

Myth #4: Natural Stone Goes Out of Style.

While particular colors and finishes may come in and out of fashion, natural stone is a timeless, classic material. “You can’t go wrong,” says Thiel. “Natural stone is beautiful and durable.” Natural stone also adds a level of romance not found in any other product, adds Foresman: “It offers a sense of history, nature, or drama to a space while always feeling authentic,” she says. “Stone also brings depth and texture to a space that is hard to replicate. It’s been used for centuries as a building material; while it can change in appearance over time, most styles age very gracefully.”

For more information on natural stone care and maintenance, and to find a stone supplier in your area, visit www.usenaturalstone.com.

Special Thanks to Kleber and Associates

 

Radon Gas Danger

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Special Guest

Jack Feldmann,

chiowner of Clayton Inspection Service, joins our show this week to discuss the dangers of Radon Gas in your home. Radon Gas disrupts and mutates cells and can, eventually, result in lung cancer. Radon is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is a potential problem in every state. Its health risk increases with the length of exposure and concentration level of the radon.

Get Tested Today!

radonmapsmallRadon Gas Testing: Using state of the art anti-tamper computers, continuous radon monitors take 10-20 readings each hour of the 48 hour test and download a radon level average for each hour of the test. The machines measure radon levels and if the machine is moved or tampered with. This equipment takes most of the risk away associated with charcoal canisters and other testing modes being tampered with & skewing the results.

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Meet Their Team
Jack Feldmann, President, Home Inspector
Shelby Feldmann, Vice President

New Legislation in Tennessee
The state of Tennessee has passed legislation requiring all home inspections to be performed by licensed inspectors (effective 7/1/2006). This new law emphasizes the importance of having experienced trained professionals conduct home inspections. A copy of our license is included in each inspection.

Clayton’s is Professional

  • Certified Member of ASHI ® American Society of Home Inspectors #033538

Leadership Positions Held With ASHI®

  • Vice President of East TN Chapter 2003-2004, 2006-2014
  • President of MidSouth Chapter 1999-2000
  • Council of Representatives 1996-2000 & 2006-2014
  • Founding President of East Tennessee Chapter 2000-2001
  • National Board of Directors ASHI ® 2000-2003

Clayton’s is Experienced

  • Business established in 1989. Knoxville home inspector since 1994.
  • Thousands of inspections completed. Typically, over 1,000,000 square feet per year. Will reach 10,000 inspections in 2015!!!!!
  • Continuing Education. The State of Tennessee requires home inspectors to have 16 hours per year CEU’s. ASHI requires 20 hours per year CEU’s. I typically take 20 – 30 hours per year.
  • Twelve years as Inspector/Construction Project Manager for Los Angeles County Office of Education.
  • Former licensed general building contractor in California. (License # B635092; license retired in 1994).
  • Over twenty years of construction experience.
  • Instructor at Trecs Real Estate School in Knoxville.
  • Instructor for University of TN Non Credit course on Home inspection.
  • Conducts workshops and training for real estate agents with regard to home inspection.
  • Newspaper column writer on home inspection.