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Karen Wenzel,…, Agent, Brookfield, WI
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Janice,
I have used First American Home Buyer Protection Plan for all of my listings and Buyers.
In fact, I had a Seller who was reluctant to add it at the time of the listing, but it ultimately saved the deal - since the furnace went out on the day of inspection and there was a plumbing issue.
No problem- called the 800 number, and within 2 hours they had contractors there. Saved my client about $2000, because it was a serious problem with the furnace.

In 3 yrs I have never had a problem with a customer getting serviced.

All the Best to you
Web Reference:  http://www.GoPackerUp.com
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Stuart Monte…, Agent, Santa Paula, CA
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Consider First American's Home Warranty then compare. Many have similar coverages but different limits of $$$$ liability. Each home warranty company has a different deductible too so check them all out. American Home Shield, Buyers 2-10 Warranty, First American. All are reputable. Each company uses different service companies in the area to assist with home repairs so you may want to check with your local Realtor to see who's service personnel seem to be the most responsive to clients and whose clients are most satisfied with the home warranty company's services.
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Beth Nitz, Agent, Reno, NV
Thu Apr 10, 2008
I have always used American Home Shield and have been happy with them.
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Martin Wise, Agent, Peachtree City, GA
Wed Apr 2, 2008
I'm currently recommending First American Home Warranty to my clients http://www.homewarranty.firstam.com/
as they have proven very good at following up with any issues or claims.

I used to use American Home Shield but I do NOT recommend them anymore, as they seem to like to search for "technicalities" in order to deny coverage. Example - I had a clients hot water heater that was putting out "rusty" colored water to all the faucets in the house, even after it was flushed several times. AHS denied the claim, because the water coming from the heater was still "hot". Their policy specifically covers "sediment", but they would not cover the water heater because in their words "it's not broken". When I, as a REALTOR attempted to reach my rep and the company to resolve the problem, by phone calls and emails were not answered. I havn't recommended them since.
Web Reference:  http://www.MartinWise.com
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Laura Karamb…, Agent, Downers Grove, IL
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Janice-

I have always used American Home Shield. They just came out with a new program that covers more than it used to. I have found them to be reputable and have given them to many buyers over the years.
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Jan Huchteman, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Tue Apr 1, 2008
I would recomment American Home Shield or Old Republic. You can order on line or by calling them and they both are very reliable and professional.
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Cynda Hurley, , 29223
Tue Apr 1, 2008
AMERICAN HOME SHIELD. I HAVE ONE ON MY PERSONAL HOME AT ALL TIMES.
Web Reference:  http://www.AHSsales.com
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Lee Taylor, Agent, Decatur, GA
Tue Apr 1, 2008
What are your specific reasons for buying the warranty?

There are many reputable warranty companies, but one or two may offer a better policy for your specific needs.

Speak with a few local real estate advisors in Covington for some clear choices.
Web Reference:  http://intowninsider.com/
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Joshua Jarvis, Agent, Duluth, GA
Mon Mar 31, 2008
Janice,

2-10 Has come on strong with a great consumer offering. They were known for a long time of warrantying the builder's new construction homes.

I put my vote in for Home Warranty of America as well.

Actually, most of the companies list as well as Old Republic have all been pretty good for my clients. I like the ones (most of them) that send post cards to me when my client gets something fixed, so I can follow up to see how it went.
Web Reference:  http://www.gahomesdigest.com
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Lorie Gould, Agent, Duluth, GA
Mon Mar 31, 2008
Which home warranty I recommend depends on the age of the home. I primarily recommend either Old Republic or American Home Shield (AHS). 2-10 is another good one.

If the home has Poly Pipes that were under the class action lawsuit then I would recommend Old Republic as they do cover Poly pipes when others do not. It is important to look at the differences in the different options within the same company and how the different companies compare.
Web Reference:  http://www.HomesByLorie.com
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Peggy Hatley,…, , Cartersville, GA
Mon Mar 31, 2008
I have had great experiences with 2-10 Homebuyers warranty and Old Republic. I have used 2-10 for the last 10 years and just started with Old Republic. I recently had a plumber that said great things about Old Republic from his view point they take care of everything with out questions. I have now switched to Old Republic.
Peggy Hatley
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Eric Reid, Agent, Duluth, GA
Mon Mar 31, 2008
I have used Old Republic Home Protection and have had great service. http://www.orhp.com/.. my clients have reported good customer service
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Jolie Abreu, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Mon Mar 31, 2008
Hi Janice,
I have had warranty's with several different companies over the past 10 years (including American Home Sheild), and they all have wonderful features. When making a puchase , I have several things I consider. First, compare coverage to see which one offers the most (most importantly roof leaks). Then, look at the upgrade options and costs of those. It's will suit you best to choose one with the most covered with the least amount of upgrading. I currently have HSA on my house, and have been very happy with it. My last house had First American and they had very few service reps in our area. I had a massive breakdown of my air conditioner and it took almost 2 months to fix. But, I still got a brand new 13 seer Train air conditioner for a $45 service call fee and of course my renewal cost of $359. All in all, a very good deal.

It's imporant to know how many service providers they have in the area. Your Realtor can probably tell you which companies are the best locally.
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RE/MAX Empire…, , Texas
Sun Mar 30, 2008
I am on board with the other realtors here. My clients love American Home Shield or AHS. They tend to renew.
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Deryk Harper, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Sun Mar 30, 2008
Hi Janice,
I would 2nd Larry's referral for AHS. We have used them for over 5 years and our clients have been very happy with their service. I used them on the last home I bought and had to have two service calls on two different appliances that saved me over $500 in repairs. They have a very fair warranty and their service and response time is top notch.
Regards,
Deryk
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Larry Story, Agent, Greensboro, NC
Sun Mar 30, 2008
AHS warranties are what I always use. We can register the home and my listings are protected without paying anything out until closing. The service calls are $55 and if the problem is covered that is all you pay. Below you will find link for the warranty website and applications. You can also call the 1800 number and ask whatever you questions.

Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
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