‘Hottest trend in real estate’ (in the U.S.); home inspectors utilizing thermal imaging devices to get a snapshot of what a home is worth…

(Source: Housing Watch)

A portable thermal imaging device that uses an infrared camera to spot temperature differentials around a house is being touted in some real estate circles as the hottest trend in home purchases. But HousingWatch spoke to a variety of real estate professionals who say the devices are costly and not likely to replace more-affordable devices and old-fashioned walk-through inspections any time soon.

That may be reason alone to consider a thermal imaging inspection if you’re looking for a legitimate edge in the bargaining process — especially for a fixer-upper.

Read the full article, “Thermal Imaging Home Inspection Gadget Rankles Real Estate Agents” at HousingWatch (May 21, 2010).

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