NSPIRE (National Standards for Physical Inspection of Real Estate)

In this September edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I’d like to discuss HUD’s NSPIRE Model Demonstration. NSPIRE is expected to overhaul HUD’s 20-year-old inspection process! Will allegedly be a 2-year Demonstration (most likely longer) HUD will inspect approximately 4500 properties from a pool of nationwide volunteers who are willing to adopt the new physical inspection standards. The GOAL is to design a new simplified inspection system that more accurately

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Breaker Panels

In this August edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I’d like to discuss breaker panels! A breaker shuts off a component (like a kitchen stove or outlets) – whereas a disconnect will shut off an area or system (like a service disconnect at the meter that shuts off the entire unit or an HVAC disconnect). If the breaker panel is secured (locked, screwed shut) at the time of inspection – you

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NIS Defects

In this June edition of our HUD-REAC newsletter, I’d like to discuss NIS (Not Industry Standard) defects. In 2016, HUD enacted the NIS rule: “All repairs made to address UPCS deficiencies in preparation for a REAC inspection shall be made in a good and workmanlike manner with materials that are suitable for the purpose and free from defects.” “Good and workmanlike manner” is defined by HUD as: Ensuring that the

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