Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Happy New Year from King of the House

I was online reading a news story about how many people found 2011 to be one of the worst years of their lives -- unemployment, no money, the usual things reported these days. One person interviewed referred to last year as shared misery.

It made me grateful to have my niche here in Whatcom County. I found last year to be a year of modest growth, although I did pretty much the same as the year before. I have gotten to a point where I can only do so many inspections so I have been sending overflow to some other friends who do a good job. That technique keeps me sane and helps out my friends, however, it does keep my overall numbers fairly flat unless I raise rates.

Anyway, happy new year to all of you. One member of my staff finds this a great opportunity to wear flashy seasonal outfits.

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 11 commentsSteven L. Smith • January 01 2012 11:31AM


Hi Steven,

I had a good year, but I thought it could have been a much better year. I hope to improve to the point I need to send out inspections because I have too many.

Have a great new year.

best, Clint Mckie 

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 8 years ago

Good for you on the good year. Needing to refer out work while maintaining your income is a positive sign that many would envy. We aren't quite there yet ourselves, but we may reach that point on 2012. 

Posted by Mark Delgado, Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h (houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove) over 8 years ago

Point of view is an interesting thing...I am happy to have had a year or even this moment...thank you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

Happy New Year, Steven!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) over 8 years ago

Steve, Happy New Year. May your next be just as good (or better ; ). Thank you for everything.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

I had about the same numbers this year as last in inspections, but with the new investor services business has grown.  I'm happy with the increase in receiveables, but the pace has picked up.


With everything as it is you did very well to maintain an even keel.   Hope everything is even better this year Steve.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 8 years ago

Thanks Mason.  I hope your business continues!  And I hope your mentor (the hairy one, not the old one) is good to you this year too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Things were pretty even here this past year. I hope to see a modest up tick this year. Happy new year.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 8 years ago

A little help from your friends can go a long way. :-) Happy New Year! 

Posted by Curtis C. Brown (CURTIS C HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC (Whatcom County, WA) about 8 years ago

Happy New Year Boss and to the character in the post looking quite silly.

Posted by Kate Kate about 8 years ago

Happy Belated New Year to you and my godson, whom I have not heard from lately.  Luke and Anita, two of my blog friends are even asking about Nutsy.  I told them he was probably his usual sweet self unless he was under-the-influence of you-know-who.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 8 years ago