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Apparently Nashville readers like to hear from home inspectors, because two Nashville papers have home inspectors writing competing columns.

Walter Jowers has been writing his Helter Shelter column for years in The Nashville Scene and now Don McGonagil has a Q & A column in the real estate section of The City Paper Online Edition.

In this June 19th article, McGonagil espouses his view of the dichotomy posed by an inspector's obligation to the client and the need for a referral source. In this June 23rd article, McGonagil discusses the new licensing law in Tennessee and how he sees it impacting home inspectors in that state.

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Originally posted by hausdok

Apparently Nashville readers like to hear from home inspectors, because two Nashville papers have home inspectors writing competing columns.

Walter Jowers has been writing his Helter Shelter column for years in The Nashville Scene and now Don McGonagil has a Q & A column in the real estate section of The City Paper Online Edition.

In this June 19th article, McGonagil espouses his view of the dichotomy posed by an inspector's obligation to the client and the need for a referral source.

Like most inspectors, he's in denial. He believes that honest agents recommend honest inspectors and everything's hunky-dory. In this regard, he's just encouraging the status quo. If he were looking at the problem from the perspective of his readers instead of the perspective of his own business, he'd be telling people to find their own inspectors.

Also, somebody please tell me what this sentence means, "However, when I observe two or three concerns systemic with a given problem, the flag starts rising up the pole."

In this June 23rd article, McGonagil discusses the new licensing law in Tennessee and how he sees it impacting home inspectors in that state.

That’s incredibly boring. The only people who would possibly read that entire article are home inspectors.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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The best part is that he is not even licensed yet! As of July 1, 2006 all home inspectors are to be licensed in the state of Tennessee.

A view of the section he should be in on the state license page:

125 ACTIVE,In-State HM INSPECT 06/30/2006 06/30/2008 MCCARTER, KEVIN D. 1128 STEELE LN.,GATLINBURG,TN 37738

277 ACTIVE,In-State HM INSPECT 07/24/2006 07/23/2008 MCCARTER, RALPH 2901-41 CHOTO ROAD,KNOXVILLE,TN 37922

269 ACTIVE,In-State HM INSPECT 07/20/2006 07/19/2008 MCCULLOUGH, GARY EDWARD 2831 ISLAND HOME AVE.,KNOXVILLE,TN 37920

65 ACTIVE,In-State HM INSPECT 06/26/2006 06/30/2008 MCDANIEL, EDGAR AMBLER PO BOX 131,CHAPMANSBORO,TN 37035

255 ACTIVE,In-State HM INSPECT 07/19/2006 07/18/2008 MCKENZIE, OTIS JERRY 490 GREEN ALLEN SPRINGS RD.,HUNTINGDON,TN 38344

117 ACTIVE,In-State HM INSPECT 06/30/2006 06/30/2008 MCSPADDEN, LEM 1225 W. WHITE OAK DR.,COOKEVILLE,TN 38501
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Yeah, pretty boring stuff. What's interesting is the difference of writing styles, and the difference in papers.

I'd never heard of the Nashville Scene until I met Walter, & now I read it (online) every week. It is really an excellent rag. It's suffered a little since it was sold to the conglomerate, but they've held onto their core writers, which is what makes a good paper.

There's not many "Walter's" out there; he's an original. On a good day, he's every bit as good as Royko, Barry, or the other guy.

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