HouseMaster Celebrates 30th Anniversary



    The First Home Inspection Franchisor in North America Commemorates Its
30th Anniversary

    BOUND BROOK, N.J., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- HouseMaster, the first and one
of the largest home inspection franchisors in North America, is proud to mark
its 30th Anniversary as the authority in home inspections "done right." 
HouseMaster is using the start of the home buying and selling season to
celebrate this milestone and reflect on the evolution of the home inspection
business over the course of the past 30 years.

    "We are very proud of achieving this milestone," said Kathleen Kuhn,
President of HouseMaster. "For 30 years we have been committed to helping
consumers make informed real estate decisions and advancing the need for
comprehensive training in the home inspection industry.  As the first
franchisor in the business we've long been the standard bearer for quality and
integrity in both the home inspection and franchising industries.  With 385
franchisees and almost 2 million inspections performed, we are still raising
the bar and looking forward to another 30 years or success."

    Founded in 1979 by Kenneth T. Austin, HouseMaster was the first home
inspection franchise operation in the United States.  Within a few years,
HouseMaster expanded to 12 states.  By 1993, the company grew to 175 U.S.
offices, and opened its first international office in the Winnipeg, Manitoba
Province, of Canada.  In 2002, HouseMaster's current President Kathleen Austin
Kuhn assumed control of the company which was acquired in 2008 by Sopra
Capital, LLC a private equity and management firm focused on the acquisition
and development of established franchise brands that are poised for growth.

    In commemoration of this achievement, HouseMaster is reflecting on some
of the ways in which the industry has changed since its inception 30 years
ago.  Never in history have there been such incentives for first-time home
buyers.  The following comparisons are illustrative of the scope of those
changes.
    

    MORTGAGE RATES (30 Year Mortgages):
    1979:  10%
    2004:  5.01%

    PERCENTAGE OF FORECLOSURES:
    1979:  .25%
    2009:  13.7%

    AVERAGE PRICE OF HOMES:
    1979:  $65,867
    2009:  $252,400

    PERCENT OF HOMES INSPECTED PRIOR TO PURCHASE:
    1979:  2%
    2009:  77%

    NUMBER OF HOUSEMASTER FRANCHISES:
    1979:  1
    2009:  385

    
    More information on HouseMaster and its 30 years of industry expertise
can be found at www.housemaster.com.
    

    About HouseMaster:

    
    Headquartered in Bound Brook, N.J., HouseMaster is the oldest and one of
the largest home inspection franchisors in North America.  With more than 385
franchised areas throughout the U.S. and Canada, HouseMaster is the most
respected name in home inspections.  For 30 years, HouseMaster has built upon
a foundation of solid leadership and innovation with a continued focus on
delivering the highest quality service experience to their customers and
providing HouseMaster franchisees the tools and support necessary to do so. 
Each HouseMaster franchise is an independently owned and operated business. 
HouseMaster is a registered trademark of DBR Franchising, LLC.
    

    For more information please visit www.housemaster.com or call
800-526-3939.



    




For further information:

For further information: Crystal DeCotiis of R&J Public Relations,
+1-908-722-5757, cdecotiis@randjpr.com Web Site: http://www.housemaster.com

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