Serving All of New Hampshire
Phone: 603-303-8211

Our experience means your peace of mind.

Posts by michaelm

Rehab Loan Options:  HUD 203(k) vs. Fannie Mae Homestyle Loan

Rehab Loan Options: HUD 203(k) vs. Fannie Mae Homestyle Loan

By on August 4, 2017 in HUD Loans, News

With today’s dwindling housing supply, many homebuyers are considering “fixer-uppers.” However, after closing on a traditional loan, many people–especially first-time homebuyers–lack the funds needed to make to make the required renovations. But thanks to the HUD 203(k) and Fannie Mae Homestyle rehab loans, the dream of owning a home is becoming a...

Read More
Advantages of a HUD 203(k) Rehab Loan for First-time Home Buyers

Advantages of a HUD 203(k) Rehab Loan for First-time Home Buyers

By on May 16, 2017 in Home Inspections, HUD Loans

In this month’s Advanced Home Inspection blog, we discuss the many advantages of a HUD 203(k) rehab loan. With high home prices and low inventories throughout the state, many first-time home buyers in New Hampshire are entering the housing market with the help of a HUD 203(k) rehab loan. What is a HUD 203(k) Rehab Loan? The HUD 203(k) rehab loan is a specialized...

Read More

Is There More Wind Than There Used To Be?

By on February 27, 2017 in Home Construction

As a home inspector, I am always looking at the exterior of the home with regards to how the home has weathered over the years since being constructed and whether the exterior shell is providing the proper protection for the interior elements. My wife hasn’t noticed any difference, but living where we do on top of a small mountain (the top of my driveway is 978 feet...

Read More

What is the purpose of a Cupola?

By on February 25, 2017 in Home Construction

Still on the theme of uncommon architectural features on homes and barns, I was driving past a house the other day with a cupola on top and matching cupola on the barn, and I started to wonder about the origin of the cupola. So after some research, it turns out that cupolas are not just for show. They were invented with a practical purpose in mind. In fact it seems...

Read More

What is a Canadian Dormer?

By on October 14, 2016 in Home Construction

Canadian Dormers are an architectural feature that is common around many parts of New Hampshire. Interestingly enough, if you “Google” them, you don’t find any information on them. But talking to many builders around New Hampshire, the name is appropriate and does apply to the feature. And as home inspectors, we don’t necessarily have to know what many features are...

Read More

What exactly is a Beverly Jog?

By on November 8, 2015 in Home Construction

As home inspectors, we are often confronted with architectural peculiarities on homes. Often times we are left wondering what we are looking at. So today we came across a feature on a house in Francestown, New Hampshire known as “Beverly Jog.” I would describe the portion of the home as simply an addition to the original home with a shed roof. But upon researching...

Read More