Tampa Home Inspector

Mark Cramer is a Florida licensed contractor who operates a building and home inspection firm serving the Tampa Bay area. His primary business is building and home inspection for individuals purchasing existing Tampa area homes and commercial buildings. He also performs progress inspections for Tampa Bay area new construction and serves as an expert witness in legal cases involving construction and Tampa home inspection. Mark has more than 20 years experience as a Tampa home inspector.

Mark was the managing instructor at Kaplan/ITA's Tampa home inspection training school. He has thousands of hours experience training home inspectors in classroom and seminar settings.

Mark has appeared in numerous interviews on TV, radio and in print media. Hes held numerous positions within ASHI, serving as chair of several national committees and National Secretary, Vice President, and National President. Hes received ASHIs Monohan Award and Presidents Award.

Curriculum Vita for Mark Cramer,

President, Mark Cramer Inspection Services, Inc.

Construction and Home Inspection Experience

1989 to present: Full time home inspector. Primary business is home inspection, commercial building inspection and new construction inspection.

Performs new construction inspections for individual building homes. Interact with builders and municipal building departments re: building code compliance.

1985 to 1995: Renovated and sold single-family homes. Construction and carpentry contractor.

Serves as litigation consultant and expert witness in legal cases involving construction defects and home inspection.

Performs quality control inspections for high-end home builder.

Serve as consultant for builders and associations.

Licenses & Certifications

FL State Certified Residential Contractor (CRC042482) since 1987.

Southern Building Code Congress International (ICC) Certified Building Inspector (#4873)

Certified by the SBCCI as a Coastal Construction Inspector (Hurricane Resistant Construction SSTD 10-93.)

Certified Member American Society of Home Inspectors® (#012085 )

International Code Council Professional Member #5143576 through 2005

Professional Organizations

American Society of Home Inspectors

Southern Building Code Congress International.

Suncoast Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Awards

2001 Monohan Award winner, American Society of Home Inspectors.

2001 ASHI’s President’s Award winner, American Society of Home Inspectors.

Offices

1995 President of the Suncoast Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors. Served as Chapter Vice President, Secretary and Director in past years.

Former Director, Florida Association of Building Inspectors.

1996 Council of Representative and Director, American Society of Home Inspectors.

1997 National Secretary of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

1998 National Vice President of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

1999 President Elect of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

2000 National President, American Society of Home Inspectors.

2001 Past President, American Society of Home Inspectors.

Committees

1995: Chairman National Technical Committee, American Society of Home Inspectors.

1995-1997: ASHI Reporter review committee.

1994-97 System operator for American Society of Home Inspectors On-Line, the nationwide computer bulletin board system for American Society of Home Inspectors membership.

1998 to present. Administrator and/or moderator, American Society of Home Inspectors web site forum.

1997 American Society of Home Inspector’s Homeowner's Insurance Task Force

1997 to present: Chairman of American Society of Home Inspectors Web Site Task Force

1996-99 American Society of Home Inspectors Standards Committee.

1999-2008 American Society of Home Inspectors Standards Committee

1997 Served on American Society of Home Inspectors Strategic Planning Task Force

1997 American Society of Home Inspectors National Conference Planning Committee

1998 Chairman of American Society of Home Inspectors National Conference Planning Committee

1998-2001 Member Finance Committee, American Society of Home Inspectors

1998-99 Member American Society of Home Inspectors National Home Inspector’s Exam Development Committee

2000 Served on American Society of Home Inspectors Strategic Planning Task Force

1998-2001 Served on American Society of Home Inspectors Finance Committee

2001 Member American Society of Home Inspectors Executive Director Evaluation Task Force

2002 Chairman American Society of Home Inspectors Executive Director Evaluation Task Force

1997-2001 Member American Society of Home Inspectors Leadership task force

2003-04 American Society of Home Inspectors Executive Director Evaluation Task Force

2004 Chairman, American Society of Home Inspectors Membership Forum Committee

2005 American Society of Home Inspectors Standards of Practice Committee

2004-05 American Society of Home Inspectors Advocacy Task Force

Education

1971 Graduated Long Beach High School, Long Beach, NY

Continuing Education

1987 - 14 hours

1988 - 14 hours

1989 - 14 hours

1990 -14 hours

1991 - 14 hours

1992 - 80 hours

1993 - 119 hours

1994 - 115 hours

1995 - 79 hours

1996 - 67 hours

1997 - 76 hours

1998 - 45 hours

1999 - 35 hours

2000 – 38 hours

2001 – 54 hours

2002 – 40+ hours

2003 – 40+ hours

2004 - 40+ hours

2005 – 40+ hours

2006 – 45+ hours

2007 – 20+ hours

2008 - 20+ hours

Teaching Experience

1999 to present: Administrator and lead instructor at Kaplan’s Inspection Training Associates, Tampa, a licensed post-secondary school specializing in training home inspectors. Classroom teaching exceeds 500 hours per year.

1999 to present: Create and edit training materials for classroom instruction.

1999 to present: Conduct field training for Inspection Training Associates students.

1995 to present: Instructor at ASHI chapter seminars, FABI seminars, international seminars, and at American Society of Home Inspectors annual conference.

2003 Presented seminar session “New Construction Inspection” at Florida Association of Building Inspectors seminar.

2003 Presented seminar sessions at World Inspection Network annual conference.

2003 Presented seminar sessions “Analyzing Cracks – Major Foundation Failures and Inspecting Air Conditioning Systems” at Inspection Training Associates National conference.

2003 Presented seminar session “Inspecting Pools” at Octoberspect, Florida ASHI conference.

2004 Presented seminar session at “Analyzing Cracks” American Society of Home Inspectors Annual conference.

2004 Presented seminar session “Effective Report Writing” at American Society of Home Inspectors Annual conference.

2004 Presented seminar session “Analyzing Cracks” at South Carolina Association of Home Inspectors

2004 Presented seminar session “Advanced Air-Conditioning – Beyond the Basics” at South Carolina Association of Home inspectors.

2004 Presented seminar session “Inspecting Shingle Roofs” at SunTech seminar, Suncoast Chapter American Society of Home Inspectors.

2004 Presented seminar session “Effective Report Writing” at SunTech seminar, Suncoast Chapter American Society of Home Inspectors.

2004 Presented seminar sessions “Effective Report Writing, Advanced Air-conditioning – Beyond the Basics, and Analyzing Cracks” at Arkansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors.

2004 Presented seminar session “Effective Report Writing” at Mid Atlantic Chapter of ASHI spring seminar

2004 Presented seminar session “Effective Report Writing” at Inspection Training Associates National Conference.

2005 Presented seminar session "Inspecting Hard Coat Stucco" at SunTech seminar, Suncoast Chapter of American Society of Home Inspectors

2005 Presented seminar session "Inspecting Hard Coat Stucco" at Florida Association of Building Inspector seminar.

2006 Presented seminar session “Effective Report Writing” at American Society of Home Inspectors Annual conference.

January 2007 Presented seminar session “Inspecting Swimming Pools and Spas” at American Society of Home Inspectors Annual conference.

January 2007 Presented seminar session “Inspecting Hard Coat Stucco” at American Society of Home Inspectors Annual conference.

February 2007 Presented seminar session “Electrical Inspection“ at Arkansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors.

February 2007 Presented seminar session “Inspector Safety“ at Arkansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors.

February 2007 Presented seminar session “Attic and Crawl Spaces - Ventilation“ at Arkansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors.

February 2007 Presented seminar session “Effective Report Writing “ at Arkansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors.

February 2007 Presented seminar session “Marketing Your Home Inspection Business “ at Arkansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors.

September 2007 Presented seminar session “Effective Report Writing” at Florida ASHI Octoberspec

September 2007 Presented seminar session “Inspecting Hard Coat Stucco” at Florida ASHI Octoberspec

September 2007 Presented seminar session “Inspecting Trusses” at Florida ASHI Octoberspec

October 2008 Presented seminar session “Buildings That Stand Their Ground – An Introduction to Wind Resistant Construction ” at Kaplan Expo 2008

January 2008 Presented seminar session “Wind Resistant Construction Techniques” at American Society of Home Inspectors Annual conference.

October 2008 Presented seminar session “Expert Panel Discussion – Systems and Components ” at Kaplan Expo 2008

October 2008 Presented seminar session “ Advanced Air Conditioning - Beyond the Basics” at Kaplan Expo 2008

October 2008 Presented seminar session “Cracking the Code to Foundation Inspections ” at Kaplan Expo 2008

January 2010 Presented seminar session “Wind Resistant Construction” at American Society of Home Inspectors Annual conference.

January 2010 Presented seminar session “Introduction to Commercial Inspections” at American Society of Home Inspectors Annual conference.



Articles & Publications

Author of the Intelligent Reporter® software system for producing inspection reports.

“Back to the Future” ASHI Reporter, June 1993

“Tutorial: ASHI Communications via E-Mail” ASHI Reporter, May 1994

“Testing GFCI Receptacles” The Suncoast Inspector, August 1994, Reprinted ASHI Reporter, November 1994

“Licensing Home Inspectors: Just Say No” ASHI Reporter, January 1995

Contributed to article "Preparation & Know-How Pay Off in New Construction Inspection", Feb. 2004 ASHI Reporter http://www.ashireporter.org/articles/articles.aspx?id=444

Contributed to article "New Construction Inspections offer Opportunity & Challenge" ASHI Reporter http://www.ashireporter.org/articles/articles.aspx?id=464

Served as the subject matter expert for ASHI in collaboration with DASMA to produce garage door inspection video for home inspectors. http://www.ashireporter.org/articles/articles.aspx?id=1427

"A Vision For ASHI 1996, Interview with Danny Maynard by Mark Cramer." ASHI Reporter, February 1996

ASHI Reporter Column February 2000 “Profession Will Change - Knowledge and Skill Needed”

ASHI Reporter Column March 2000 “ASHI’s Future Course”

ASHI Reporter Column April 2000 “What’s in it for Me?”

ASHI Reporter Column May 2000 “Why We Volunteer”

ASHI Reporter Column June 2000 “No Thanks to Mandatory Home Inspections”

ASHI Reporter Column July/August 2000 “Hardest Part of the Job”

ASHI Reporter Column September 2000 “Your Dues Dollars at Work”

ASHI Reporter Column October 2000 “When Technically Correct isn’t Enough”

ASHI Reporter Column November 2000 Who We Are and Where We’re Headed”

ASHI Reporter Column December 2000 “Future ASHI”

ASHI Reporter Column January 2001 “Volunteer”

2001 Appeared on Dateline NBC, MSNBC and Today Show stories on Builder’s Warranties

Recent Expert Witness/Litigation Consulting Experience

1997 -2001 Rivero vs. Bertea, et al, 10th Circuit Case # Gc-G-98-881

1998 Pavers by Design vs. Dr. Brain Pierpont 6th Circuit Testified at trial 6/8/98, Judge Radford Smith

1999 Farley vs. Scott Van Scoyk’s Roofing, Inc. Roofing 6th Circuit Case # 98-1379CC

1999 Golobish Construction vs. Michael and Daphne Sher 6th Circuit Case # 97-002088-CI-20

1999 Cashavelly & Marciante vs. City of Gulfport 6th Circuit Case # 98-03958-CI-8

2001 Chris McDermott vs. John and Paula Kartsares

2000-2001 Costanza Building Co. vs. Gen Dev Corporation. 6th Circuit Case # 00-04643-CI-15

1999-2001 Fireline Construction vs. Senda Warren. Testified at trial 6/01/01, Judge Rieves

2002 Ellis vs. Ericson Circuit Court Case # 98-3761-CI-8

Pines Carter of FL, Inc. vs. Martin-Young Co. Inc. 6th Circuit Case #02-5006-CI-07

2003 Toma & Lula Kalaj vs. Flooring & More, Inc., d/b/a First Flooring and Design, Inc. Small Claims Division, Pinellas County Court #03-001208SC-SC-045

2002-3 Vanater vs. Jamboree Builders

2005 Served as Arbitrator in case involving home inspector - client dispute

2005 Suncoast Ventures of Sea Pines LLC vs. Lewis Thibeault, Linda Thibeault and Jimmy Pate vs. Bill Nelson, William Sexton and Jeff Anderson 6th Circuit case # 04-8429-CI-19

2005 Clark vs. Transmark Construction, Fifth Circuit Court, Hernando County Case # H27-CA-2003-1231-JWS

2006 Armor Concrete Resurfacing, Inc. vs. Sandy Shores Condominium Association, Inc. 13th Circuit court case # 06-2942 Div. L.

2006 Informal mediation: Belfor USA Group Inc. v. Infante Services Inc.

2006 Tracy Torres vs. All Area Roofing

2007 M. Pete McNabb, Inc. vs. Robert and Karen Librizzi. 12th Circuit Court Case # CA 5697

2007 T. A. Smith Development Corp. v Michael Wheeler

2006-7 Abbey Restoration vs. Harold and Donna Gilbert

2006 Leland & Barbara Colby vs. State Farm Florida Insurance Co. Case #05-298-CA, Twentieth Circuit Court, Charlotte County

2007 Michael & Martha Henderson vs. Sanders Construction and Bank of America

2008 Sam Cook and Home Service LLC, v. Daniel Pia, testified at trial, Thirteenth Circuit, Case # 06-CA-00979

2007-08 Blair & co. v. Robert Lafayette. Construction defect case.

2008 Consulted on suit against home inspector.

2008 Consulted for State Farm Insurance re suit against agent.

2008 Greenberg v. Oberacker. Home Inspection claim. Testified at Arbitration.

2008 Pines Carter of FL Inc. v. Martin-Young Co Inc. Testified at trial. Sixth Circuit Court UCN 522002CA005006XXCICI

2009 Steele v U.S. Inspect et al. Sixth Circuit Case # 07-4880-CI. Home inspection standard of care case

2009 Ronald Houston et al. v. USR Corp., Dewberry & Davis LLC and Partnership for Response and Recovery. Federal Court. Consulted re customary payment practices in home inspection industry.

2009 Inland Homes Suncoast v. Belfor USA. Consulted for defendant and appeared at mediation.

2009 Crossroads Community United Methodist Church v. South-Co Building Contractors, Inc. and Precise Construction Services, Inc. Site inspection and consultation regarding construction defects and water entry.