Buying Beats Renting in Most of America

We know that buying a home is overall cheaper than renting in most major metros, but now there is evidence that buying a home is a better financial decision than renting for homebuyers who plan to stay in their home for at least two years in half of all U.S. markets. Read more, click here

The National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA) is a non-profit 501(c) (6) industry trade organization of member companies serving home service contract providers and consumer interests throughout the United States. For more great industry and consumer information, visit  http://www.homeservicecontract.org or call 913-871-5600.

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HOMEOWNERS ENCOURAGED TO OPTIMIZE BENEFITS OF HOME SERVICE CONTRACTS

Seller-Purchased Contracts Offer Convenience and Benefit for New Homeowners

(Lenexa, KS)  Home sales  can get hot and can slow down in quickly changing markets these days, but a home service contract always makes sense for sellers and buyers. Homeowners should get the most of them.

Home sellers very often  purchase home service contracts on behalf of the buyer as an added incentive.  They also may receive protection during the listing period and fewer issues after the sale.  To receive the maximum benefit and convenience of these contracts, the National Association Home Service Contract Association offers the following guidance.

Review the home service contract to be sure that you understand all terms and conditions.Home service contracts generally provide service, repair or replacement for items such as dishwashers, ovens, disposers, electrical and plumbing systems – and most importantly, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

Maintain all appliances and household systems to keep them in good, efficient operating order. You will benefit from uninterrupted service and as well as potential energy savings.

Request optional coverage be included if you feel you may need coverage on items not typically specified under the standard coverage. If the home you are purchasing includes features such as a swimming pool, septic tank or spa, advise your agent to request this optional coverage.

Keep a copy of your contract easily accessible and post the providers toll-free service number in a visible location like the refrigerator door.

Call your contract provider at the first sign of trouble. Do not call a repair contractor directly.One of the benefits of your home service contract is that your provider works with a network of prequalified and licensed contractors in your area. If a breakdown poses an actual risk to your health or safety (such as lack of water or heat in freezing temperatures) most providers will work to expedite emergency repairs.

Follow up with your provider if for some reason you are not satisfied with the service provided. They will work with you to resolve your concern.

Be aware of when your contract expires. For your convenience, many companies will provide automatic renewal of your contract. If you did not wish to renew, contact your provider right away to exercise your cancellation rights.

 

The National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA) is a non-profit 501(c) (6) industry trade organization of member companies serving home service contract providers and consumer interests throughout the United States. For more great industry, media and consumer information, visit  http://www.homeservicecontract.org or call 913-871-5600.

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TRADE ASSOCIATION CAUTIONS CONSUMERS PURCHASING CONTRACTS

Complaints and Investigation of New York Company Elicit Response by National Home Service Contract Association

(OLATHE, KS – January 12, 2009)

OIn today’s economy it has never been more important for consumers to verify the credibility and dependability of any company in which they invest or purchase services. The National Home Service Contract Association strongly advises when purchasing a home service contract, consumers should do their homework, solicit references from seasoned real estate professionals and, most importantly, carefully read contracts before signing.

“Many consumers do their shopping for services via the Internet,” Billy Jensen, President of the NHSCA said. “While this method can be convenient and a time-saver, consumers must remember that anyone, including unscrupulous business people and scam artists, can host a well-designed and convincing Web-site. Consumers must do their research.” The National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA) is a non-profit 501(c) (6) industry trade organization of member companies serving home service contract providers and consumer interests throughout the United States.

This caution comes in light of recent consumer complaints and ensuing investigation against National Home Protection which according to its Web-site, is a home service warranty company based out of New York City. Published reports contend that NHP was not properly licensed in the states in which it operated including Texas where the state’s attorney general has filed action against the company. NHP currently has an “unsatisfactory record” nationally with the Better Business Bureau.* NHP is not a member of the NHSCA which has published a Code of Ethics that requires its members to act in conformity with all applicable laws and regulations.

“We certainly do not like to see any home service provider cast in a bad light, or worse, not fulfilling their contractual obligations,” advises Billy Jensen, President of the NHSCA. “One of our missions is to fully inform and educate consumers as to what contracts do and can provide. Unfounded expectations only later lead to dissatisfaction which is not in anyone’s best interest.”

Home service contracts provide a variety of benefits to service, repair or replace specifically listed household systems and appliances for a set, annual fee, but do not cover everything. Additionally, they do not cover insurable losses from events such as fire, windstorm, vandalism or theft. “If a dishwasher breaks down, the dishwasher repair is covered, but if a water leak form the dishwasher destroyed your ceiling, under state law, the homeowner must look to their insurance company for that loss,” Jensen clarified. For more questions and answers on home service contracts visit the NHSCA website page www.homeservicecontract.org

* The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; 1/11/2009