Spectora Spotlight with Kevin Wagstaff
Free Money: Government Programs to Help Home Inspectors

Free Money: Government Programs to Help Home Inspectors

April 1, 2020

I'll skip the part about unprecedented times and get right to it: 

There are a number of programs the government has rolled out this past week to help small businesses of all kinds. And the normal restrictions have been dropped so that means home inspectors need to be taking advantage of these programs to keep their inspectors on-board and to help themselves stay afloat.

We did our best to interpret these bills that were rushed out as there is plenty of ambiguous language (so forgive us if we missed anything!) but please read through these and consult with your CPA and legal counsel. 

Here are links discussed in this episode. We encourage each of you to check all of these out!

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Paycheck Protection Program

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

Independent breakdown of programs

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/paycheck-protection-program-sba-loan-program-expanded-cares-act

Sample Paycheck Protection Application

https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/Borrower%20Paycheck%20Protection%20Program%20Application.pdf

 

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How One of the Largest Companies in the Country is Handling the Slowdown - Rob Lemoine

How One of the Largest Companies in the Country is Handling the Slowdown - Rob Lemoine

March 27, 2020

I caught up with Rob Lemoine for 2 reasons: 1) I just enjoy him as a person and think he is a great leader in our industry and 2) To see how one of the largest companies and top minds in the home inspection industry is thinking about this economic slowdown.

We purposely didn't have an agenda so I could just capture the raw emotion and feeling of this time. We just had a chat and hope it keeps us all connected. I know in these times it's important to not feel isolated so we hope it gave you some good insight into his way of thinking!

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Contraction vs. Expansion - Why You Will Lose Following the Masses - Dirk Van Reenen

Contraction vs. Expansion - Why You Will Lose Following the Masses - Dirk Van Reenen

March 19, 2020

We recorded this episode on Wednesday and put it up on YouTube that afternoon and the podcast on Thursday. With the news flowing in at such a rapid rate and our world and economy changing before our eyes, we just wanted to get the conversation out there for our industry.

One thing is clear from talking with such an action-oriented, inspiring person like Dirk - you can either sit on the sidelines and talk about how bad things could get, or you can get your mind right and take action.

In a 24-hour news cycle that is incentivized to be polarizing and get you to click or watch, Dirk is one of those leaders that gives us balance. Yes things are bad out there. Yes they will likely get worse. But we know from every single recession in our history, there is always opportunity and companies can come out of it stronger. So control what you can control!

You can find Dirk at the IEB website - https://www.iebcoaching.com/

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The Quest to Change How Homebuyers “Own” Their Homes - Jack Huntress

The Quest to Change How Homebuyers “Own” Their Homes - Jack Huntress

March 13, 2020

One thing I've learned about Jack Huntress, CEO of HomeBinder, is that he is hungry. He brings the energy and is laser-focused on HomeBinder becoming a massive success. He is an experienced businessman that is investing deeply into this industry.

This fun interview coincides with our integration with HomeBinder so we are more than excited to partner with a company with a vision and hunger for innovation and constantly improving how things are done.

About HomeBinder

HomeBinder offers invaluable tools to help homeowners manage and record work done on their most valuable asset. It’s getting real traction via home inspectors eager to help home buyers.

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Growth Mindset and Focusing on What Really Matters - Sheehan Thomson, Part 2 of 2

Growth Mindset and Focusing on What Really Matters - Sheehan Thomson, Part 2 of 2

January 24, 2020

This is part 2 of our interview with Sheehan Thomson of Blipp Reviews and Onsite Home Inspections. We go into handing reviews, customers, efficiency, how home inspectors focus on things that don't really matter and many more ways home inspectors can improve their processes and mindset!

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Coming From Nothing to Running Multiple Businesses - Sheehan Thomson, Part 1 of 2

Coming From Nothing to Running Multiple Businesses - Sheehan Thomson, Part 1 of 2

January 23, 2020

Sheehan, owner of Blipp Reviews and Onsite home inspections has an inspirational story that we all can be humbled by hearing. And for those of you that have come from less than ideal circumstances, then you'll really like part 1 of this 2 part interview! 

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Giving the People What They Want! - Christian Adams | RepairPricer

Giving the People What They Want! - Christian Adams | RepairPricer

January 16, 2020

We've spoken to Christian a couple times over the years and we've always liked his no-nonsense approach to business. He's a straight shooter with a great product and that's why we're integrating with his company, Repair Pricer.

Christian has the experience as an agent, which is important because like me, he knows what homebuyers ask of us. And it's "how much will these items in the home inspection report cost?". So he went out and solved it.

We also chat about ways inspectors can market this tool, common objections and other home inspector and realtor related topics. We hope you enjoy it!

If you want to learn more about RepairPricer, you can get in touch at their website, https://www.repairpricer.com/.

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Companies mentioned and shout outs:

Gordon Fox of Fox Inspection Group

Hedderman Engineering

Amerispec

Killing People With Kindness: Kari Cheek

Killing People With Kindness: Kari Cheek

December 31, 2019

Kari Cheek grew up with 4 brothers so it's never been out of the ordinary for her to try anything and be comfortable in her own skin. The owner of Rosie Home Inspections is a breath of fresh air in our industry. She has grown her business the right way, with old school kill em with kindness customer service and showing agents value by giving them time back.

Ironically, she came across Spectora by reading an interview on other women making an impact in the industry. Now she is one of them!

We can all learn a lot from business owners like Kari. She shows that having a passion for what you do and showing true empathy makes for a special business. And she has big plans for the future.

If you want to reach out to Kari, you can find her at her website -> https://www.rosiehomeinspections.com/contact---schedule-appointment.html

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Procrastinating on Purpose and Expensive = Good! - Tim Wojnar

Procrastinating on Purpose and Expensive = Good! - Tim Wojnar

November 27, 2019

Tim Wojnar has taken the leap to becoming a multi-inspector company and it wasn't an easy one. He grinded out working nights and weekends and made some mistakes along the way. As a former engineer, Tim takes a very pragmatic approach to growing the business. Hire and delegate so he can keep growing the business.

He also shares one of his favorite books and a great story about how he found us here at Spectora. 

You can find Tim at his beautiful website, or email him: tim@homeinspectiongeeks.com

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How Open Houses & Confidence Built My Business: Mel Edwards

How Open Houses & Confidence Built My Business: Mel Edwards

November 12, 2019

Mel Edwards just went to where the agents were to grow his business - open houses. When he wasn't teaching or coaching middle school football, he spent his early time dropping by open houses, chatting up agents and getting business cards. This has served him very well as he is busier than ever in year 2.

We talk about confidence, juggling a part-time job with inspecting homes and how he wants a network of inspectors to lean on to learn how to grow!

If you want to get in touch with Mel, shoot him an email at thihomeinspector@gmail.com or find him at his website, https://www.thihomeinspector.com

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