If there’s one component of real estate that every part of a transaction is reliant upon, it’s home inspection. Realtors, buyers, sellers, and lenders all rely upon the information obtained from this comprehensive “home health report” and if they’re in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, Miami, or San Antonio, the company they count on to provide it is Forensic Home Inspections℠.
Reginald Turk is the president, CEO, and founder of Forensic Home Inspections℠, the fastest growing, privately owned, non-franchise home inspection company in the country. And it’s no surprise that under Reginald’s adept leadership, business is thriving.
Unlike other companies, who start with a base price and then tack on ambiguous fees, Forensic Home Inspections℠ offers transparent pricing, backed by over 15 years of experience in the industry and certifications from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI®) and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI®). Reginald adds, “Our business model offers fixed pricing based on square footage, so we eliminate haggling. We make use of advanced technology, so most reports are completed within 24 hours. Timing is crucial to realtors because once a buyer’s offer is accepted, the clock is ticking and a lot must happen; appraisal, financing, closing. We get in and get our job done, and our realtor partners and customers really appreciate that.”
It’s no wonder that HUD (Housing and Urban Development), Fannie Mae, Veteran Affairs Administration, and the Georgia Department of Transportation are among Reginald’s many clients. And with expansion into Columbia, SC, Cleveland and Columbus, OH, Nashville and Memphis, TN—and his hometown of Detroit, MI—just weeks away, Reginald now prepares to serve those customers with the same diligence for which he’s known.
Aside from the incredible service the company provides, Forensic Home Inspections℠ also offers a no-cost Preferred Partner Program for Realtors that allows for special discounted pricing they can extend to their own customers. The program has been well received – currently with over 200,000 Preferred Partner members.
So what exactly inspired Reginald to create this much needed solution? In his words, “I had been a certified inspector for 10 years, first working with HUD in Michigan, inspecting bank-owned properties, and then relocating to Georgia for a new contract opportunity inspecting and managing both HUD and Fannie Mae owned properties. I saw a need in the marketplace for a new, more modern offering in the home inspection business. Newer technologies could be implemented to improve the process resulting in faster turnaround for the inspection report and a fairly substantial cost savings that could be passed on to our customers.”
Reginald always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Long before he started Forensic Home Inspections℠, he was the owner of Turk Management Group, a business consulting company, where he successfully purchased New Center Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, then rebranded it to Renaissance Hospital. In 2000, despite the recession, he was the successful bidder of eight KFC franchises in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Further back still, during the eighties, Reginald was navigating the Detroit landscape and building the foundation that would shape his future.
“That was one of the best times in Detroit for a young black man to start a career. There were so many black business giants and mentors who made themselves accessible and I always tried to make the most of their experience and support,” Reginald states. “The late Don Davis, owner of First Independence Bank, and Charles Allen, president of First Independence Bank, as well as the late Don Barden, Dave Bing, Porterfield Wilson, Mel Farr, and so many others, made a profound impact on both my life and career. In fact, one of my earliest positions was with First Independence Bank so I got to work with these powerful, accomplished role models on a daily basis.
With so much history in Detroit, it’s understandable that the city holds a special place in Reginald’s heart and, with plans underway for an expansion into the area, he will be able to fulfill his goal of contributing to the turnaround and growth of his hometown and the revitalization of the community.
Reginald studied at the University of Michigan Dearborn and has been certified by the American Association of Home Inspectors (ASHI®) and International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI®). He is a member of the Home Inspectors Forum, the International Code Council, (ICC), the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and a Board Member of the Fulton County Board of Equalization.