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Gee, wonder who they're talking about?

CREIA Cautions against ``Internet-Based Only'' Home Inspection Referral Organizations

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 1, 2004--The California Real Estate Inspection Association cautions home buyers, home sellers, and home builders -- as well as the real estate and legal community -- about a recent upsurge in Internet-only-based organizations that purport to recommend "certified" inspectors.

It has come to the attention of the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA), the largest and oldest state association for home inspectors in the country, that Internet-only-based organizations are referring "online approved and tested" inspectors to unsuspecting and uninformed consumers.

It is imperative for all involved in the real estate transaction to know that there is no licensing of home inspectors in California. This non-licensing element has allowed online marketeers an inroad to offer "certifications" to any individual wanting to appear credentialed as a home inspector. Be wary of such "online-approved" home inspectors. The real estate inspection profession is a demanding profession that requires a broad base of knowledge in all areas of home construction, maintenance, and safety issues. It is imperative that consumers and real estate professionals ask for information as to what type of organization is providing the claimed "certification."

Since California inspectors are not required to register themselves with the state, an individual with marginal qualifications may perform an inspection. REALTORS© and consumers should do some homework before recommending a professional inspector. The following tips can help:

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