Issue #2 / 2015-2016

January 2016


In This Issue

From the Board Room

Committees at Work

Chapter Spotlight & News

Spotlight on Events

On Your Way to Certified

Ultimate Home Book

Network/Get Involved! PR Opportunity & Call for Articles

Need Answers to Your Questions?

It's Award Nomination Season!

Discounted Long Term Disability & Long Term Care Insurance


Quick Links

CREIA Website

Path to Success


CREIA Affiliate Members

  Upcoming Events

Chapter Meetings

San Francisco Peninsula Chapter Toolbox

Palm Springs Chapter Toolbox

Silicon Valley Chapter Toolbox

2016 IW ASHI-CREIA Conference

Ultimate Inspection Conference

2016 CREIA Annual Conference

Note: The above educational opportunities are approved by CREIA for CECs. Members should always inquire with outside organizations as to whether CECs are CREIA- approved prior to taking the education. Alternatively, one may apply and pay for CECs. Contact for more information.


Board of Directors

David Pace, MCI

Sam Jabuka
Vice Chairman

Greg S. Terry

Ken Collins

Steve Carroll
State Director

Michael Dugan
State Director

Terry Brown
State Director

Dan Sherrets
Region Two Director

Bret Husted
Region Three Director

Ron Dubaich
Region Five Director

Bob Guyer
Region Six Director

Greg S. Terry
Region Seven Director

John Gamache
Region Eight Director

CREIA Chapters


Greater Sacramento

Shasta Cascade

Golden Gate

North Bay

San Fran Peninsula

Silicon Valley


Kern County

San Joaquin Valley

San Luis Obispo

Greater San Gabriel Valley

L.A. / Ventura County

LA. Mid -Valley

L.A. West/South Bay

Inland Empire

Orange County

Palm Springs

North SD/Temecula

San Diego

CREIA Office

Michele Hyson
Executive Director

Ross Fender
Executive Assistant

Jerry Packer
Sterling Strategic Management

Maria Lagunas
Vice President, Administration
Sterling Strategic Management

Office Hours
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Monday through Friday
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Mailing Address
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Social Networking



From the Board Room

CREIA's Strategic Plan Update: Making Progress 
CREIA members met in January of 2015 to brainstorm and formulate the CREIA Goals and Objectives. We have sent periodic updates to the membership, most recently in the September 2015 edition of CREIA eNews; click here to review that publication.  Here is a status report of the Strategic Plan as of September:

1. Encourage Members for Successful Completion of Certification and to Make the Process Manageable:

The CREIA Office continues to augment and clarify the membership sections of the Website and has included the addition of the promotional video, Why Join CREIA? Click here to view the video.

A Question/Answer section is listed in the eNews (which are also archived on the Website) -- such questions also compel a closer look at the certification programs.

2. Increase Communications between State and Chapters:

The listserv addresses are listed on the Member Landing page upon logging into the CREIA Website. Many chapter listservs are being utilized on a regular basis.

3. Communicate Vital Information

Communications/TIE/Participation: eBlasts called Did You See? have been created and are regularly sent to the membership highlighting TIE conversations and an invitation for members to participate.

Education Resources/More Opportunities

CREIA has begun developing its online platform.

We are pleased to present, CREIA's Report Writing Standards, presented by Michael Casey. Click here for more information via the CREIA Website.

Other programs and activities are in the planning stages, including (public) educational videos and public service announcements geared to the public and the real estate community (which also promotes the CREIA Find-an-Inspector search and choosing a qualified home inspector). Certified Inspectors are invited to pitch in on this endeavor. Please contact the office at


Provide Quality Chapter Meetings with Increased Attendance:

The CREIA office continues to work on providing chapter meeting information to members and in promoting such important networking to prospective and new members.

See spotlight on participation below for more opportunities to get involved!

Leadership Day

Mark Your Calendar! Saturday, May 14, 2016!

New ideas are being brainstormed to change up Leadership Day. Information will be placed on thumb drives to make information as user-friendlier for leaders as possible.

Leadership Day is scheduled Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Northern California. (A CREIA Board meeting will be held the day prior on Friday, May 13, 2016).

CREIA Board Meeting and Leadership Day will be taking place in the San Jose/Santa Clara area. More information will be released very soon!

Marketing and Public Relations

Marketing/PR: CREIA participated during CAR's 2015 Expo and is already making plans for 2016 participation with all new banners, activities, collateral and volunteer instructions. CREIA is also gearing up for its exhibit during ASHI's IW.

Special thanks to Skip Walker and Steve Carroll for many hours of help in constructing a better plan for CREIA!

A press release was recently released to various newswires promoting CREIA's participation at the IW, tipping the public on how to choose a home inspector, and promoting the Find-an-Inspector search.


The CREIA Office is continuing to develop and edit various aspects of the Website in conjunction with the Website and other committees as well as the Board of Directors.

In taking a closer look at the Website, the Committee and Board believe that Simple Machines is not the way to go for the TIE, but to continue to enrich the current TIE on the MemberClicks platform. There was too much unrecoverable information missing. Most recently, the Website will transition into a more fluid, responsive platform. More news on this to come.

Committees at Work

The CREIA Education Committee and Sub Committees: Annual Conference and Online Education

Thank you to the Committee and Sub Committee Chairs and Committee Members!

Neal Muckler, Chair, CREIA Education Committee
Sam Jabuka, Chair, CREIA Annual Conference
Steve Carroll, Chair, CREIA Online EducationJohn Gamache
Bob Guyer
Dave Pace
Rich Zak
Michael Casey

CREIA's Education Committee and Sub Committees have been noses to the grindstone!

This year marks the 40-year anniversary for ASHI as well as CREIA. CREIA decided to partner with ASHI in promoting ASHI's InspectionWorld in January 2016 and to push the CREIA 2016 Annual Conference to September 2016 and offering a larger and more diverse conference.
Sessions and speakers are being scheduled now.

CREIA's online education is shaping up!

Beginning with CREIA's Report Writing Standards, presented by Michael Casey. As reported above, other program plans are underway.


Chapter Spotlight and News

Many CREIA Chapters have begun their elections for the upcoming year. If you are interested in participating in chapter leadership, we urge you to contact your local chapter representatives.

Click here for a list of CREIA Chapters and make contact with your interest!

Spotlight on Events

CREIA Online Education: CREIA's Report Writing Standards

CREIA is pleased to present, CREIA's Report Writing Standards, presented by Michael Casey. Click here for more information via the CREIA Website.

CREIA's 2016 Annual Conference ~
Celebrating Our Heritage & Ensuring Our Future: CREIA Celebrates 40 Years

The CREIA Annual Conference has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most stimulating and worthwhile education opportunities for inspectors in California. Join the California Real Estate Inspection Association for its 2016 Annual Conference, Celebrating Our Heritage and Ensuring Our Future: CREIA Celebrates 40 Years to be held September 23-26, 2016 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel! The CREIA Conference is a not to miss event!

This year, CREIA will be celebrating 40 years and offering a larger and more diverse conference!

Conference Highlights

  • Pre-Conference Sessions and Group Inspections
  • Educational Sessions (including Code Changes)
  • Saturday Annual Business Meeting and Awards Lunch
  • Saturday Welcome Reception and Exhibitor Grand Opening
  • Exhibitor Showcas

Don't Miss the Inspector Event of the Year! Early Bird registration ends August 23, 2016

Please click here to be directed to the CREIA Conference information. Plans are underway and more details will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

InspectionWorld - Register Today!

Register now for the 2016 IW
January 24-27, 2016
Please contact ASHI with questions regarding the IW!

Join in the celebration as ASHI and CREIA together mark 40 years as leaders in the home inspection industry!

InspectionWorld® is ASHI's annual meeting and the largest education conference and expo of the year for home inspectors. And CREIA is joining them in the celebration January 24 through 27, 2016 in beautiful San Diego, California.

Click here to review the ICC Plumbing and Infrared Pre-Conference Programs!

Be sure to indicate that you are a CREIA MEMBER!

Click here for information on InspectionWorld or to register!

Conference Location & Hotel:    
Town and Country Resort
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108-3091

On Your Way to Certified

Q: How do I look up the CEC information I submitted?

A: To locate your CECs, you will need your username and password.  Go to, press on Inspector Login or click here to get directly to the login portal (you may want to bookmark this portal).

The browser will direct you to the member landing page. Click the first link under Quick Links called Profile & CEC Status. This link will take you to your member profile your cursor over the tab My Profile and click on View Transactions. Here is where you will be able to view all of your form submissions, including CECs, CREIA Conferences, surveys, etc.

You may also want to keep track of your CECs by filing your CEC submission form confirmation emails, which are sent to your primary email address in your profile upon submitting a CEC Report form.

CEC Submission Forms are also located under Quick Links on the member landing page. Here is where you would log your CECs into your profile.

Q: How do I get answers to my questions about home inspection?

A: One of the most valuable CREIA member benefits is the CREIA Technical Information Exchange (TIE). The purpose of the TIE is to educate members by sharing technical aspects of real estate inspections and providing an archival collection of information free of extraneous content.

The CREIA TIE is available through the CREIA website at  At the top-right of the toolbar on the main page, click "Login." Enter your username and password. If you forgot your password, you may click "Forgot Password" and an email will be sent to you to reset your password. If you need any help with your username and password, you may also contact the CREIA office.

Upon logging in, you will be directed to the Member Landing page. Under the toolbar in the gray section, you will see several links. Click on CREIA TIE & ASK.

Members may post comments or reply to other threads, but members should be mindful that comments should be free of extraneous content. Members should limit the content of their posts/comments/replies with this in mind and refrain from drifting from the topic of the original post. Members may attach PDFs or pictures in conjunction with their content.  

Members may earn CECs upon posting content deemed worth hours of study. Requests for CECs should be sent to The Education Committee Chair will review the activity and will note whether or not CECs can be granted.  Please note, there will be a limit of CECs earned for online activities, which is under review.  

Please click here to review the policy on the CREIA Technical Information Exchange Use Guidelines.

If you are on your way to certiication and have a question, please email CREIA at

ULTIMATE HOME BOOK: A Guide to Operating Your Home

Introducing the California Real Estate Inspection Associations'
ULTIMATE HOME BOOK: A Guide to Operating Your Home

A marketing tool brought to you in collaboration with Michael Casey and Nathan Thornberry. At $2.95 per copy, the CREIA Edition of the Ultimate Home Book is the best home owners manual out there!  With beautiful images, great tips, step-by-step home repairs, and even more! A great leave-behind or give away for clients.

The book is on order now. Click here for details! 

Network! / Get Involved!

Spotlight on Participation: PR Opportunity and Call for Articles

We hope that you will consider getting involved in this Public Relations effort!

CREIA's Online Education Committee is seeking submissions for brief informational videos to be used for educational purposes -- and in advancing the mission and purposes of CREIA.

Please click here to watch a short video explaining the guidelines for the videos.
We hope that you will send or propose to send your informational video(s)!

We welcome your videos to be sent to

In order for CREIA to utilize your submission, please express authorization in your emailed submission with the following statement: I authorize CREIA to edit and publish the video(s) at the discretion of CREIA.

Also, please note that the the subject / inspector in the videos and avoid filming other individuals (Buyers, Sellers, Realtors, etc.) in the background due to possible consent issues.
Help CREIA promote the profession! Upon your submission, you will be entered into a drawing to win a complimentary Full Conference Registration to CREIA's 2016 Annual Conference!
If you have any questions, please be sure to contact the CREIA office.

CREIA is seeking articles for publication in the Spring, 2016 issue of Inspector Journal!

We hope you will share your expertise with colleagues by writing a(n) article(s). Please send your articles in Word via email with pictures attached outside of the article to Michele Hyson, Executive Director at We hope to receive your articles by February 15, 2016. 

Need Answers to Your Questions?

Do you have questions, ideas, or concerns for CREIA Board and/or Staff?

You may contact the office at 949-715-1768 or, however, please note that we may need to seek your answers from committee or board members. In some circumstances, email may receive quicker results. Please click here to send your email.

If your question is technical in nature about home inspection, it could already be answered in the Technical Information Exchange (TIE).

It's Award Nomination Season!

We are now accepting nominations for the CREIA Chapter of the Year, Jerry McCarthy Inspector Fellow of the Year, and Bob Reed Inspector of the Year Award.

Please review the criteria below and send us an email at with your nomination(s) along with a paragraph or two letting us know why the nominee(s) is deserving of the award. Award winners will be announced during the Awards Luncheon at CREIA's 2016 Annual Conference. Click here to read more about the Conference to be held September 23-26, 2016 in Burbank, California! Click here for a list of the past awardees on the CREIA Website.

CREIA Chapter of the Year Award:
Eligibility: Any CREIA Chapter

Selection criteria:
This award honors a Chapter, which has excelled in programs and activities. The purpose of this award is to encourage growth of the Chapters, to recognize educational and outreach efforts, and to show appreciation for volunteer efforts at the Chapter level. All CREIA Chapters are considered and size of a Chapter is not a factor. The Chapter selected will receive an award, plus an appropriate gift to be determined by the Board. The recipient is selected by majority vote of the Board with the following factors being considered:
        Number of Chapter meetings held
        Pre-chapter meeting roundtable programs
        Chapter toolboxes held
        Volunteer at local RELATOR and consumer shows
        Ratio of Candidates upgrading to CCI status
        Ratio of CCIs upgrading to MCI status
        Overall Chapter growth
        Chapter Newsletter
        Public relations & marketing efforts
        Charitable efforts
        Candidate Mentoring Program
        Chapter Leadership

Jerry McCarthy Inspector Fellow Award:
Eligibility: Any individual, including individuals who are not members of CREIA.

Selection criteria:
A person who has provided outstanding service to CREIA for 10 or more years.
The award recognizeds longstanding quality commitment, contribution, and leadership to CREIA and the real estate inspection profession. The recipient is selected by a 2/3 vote of the Board. Recipients of the Jerry McCarthy Inspector Fellow Award who are CREIA members receive a lifetime reduction in dues, as established by the Board.

Bob Reeds Inspector of the Year:
Eligibility: Any "newer" CREIA inspector member.

Selection criteria:
A "newer" CREIA inspector member who has excelled in most years in contributing to CREIA and the real estate inspection profession. The recipient is selected by majority vote of the Board.

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