Free, if you’re reading this

House Key News

Long-time readers know that I’ve been in transition for the last eleven months trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I already had retired twice and my own considered opinion is that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Thus, I knew I did not want to retire again.

While I was trying to figure out what to do, I had been driving for Uber, picking up and delivering people, and Amazon, picking up and delivering packages. Both were interesting jobs but that’s all they were, jobs.

Both jobs, though, provided me with the opportunity to meet lots of people, and my discussions with many of those people have led me to where I am today. I have decided to combine six of my lifelong passions— research, reading, writing, real estate, philately, and music—and have come up with House Key News.

I ended my 14-year career as a home inspector on December 31, 2015. It officially ended when I did not renew my home inspector insurance policies, all of which lapsed on June 30, 2016. So on June 1, knowing that, without insurance, I would never work again as a home inspector, I made the commitment to sink or swim with House Key News.

Well, I’m swimming. I feel like Michael Phelps, albeit without all the gold…. yet.

House Key News is a monthly eNewsletter for anyone working in the real estate industry. Say, for example, that you’re a Realtor. For a fee (always a fee, yes?), you provide me with the email addresses of your past clients and I send them a personalized newsletter each month that looks like it comes from you rather than me. The monthly newsletter keeps your name in front of your past clients, making you look helpful and knowledgeable so that when they need your services again, you’ll be at the top of their list.

My first newsletter went out in early July and the second in August. So it looks like I have a monthly schedule that works. I’m almost finished with September’s newsletter and will start emailing it within the next few days.

You can read the August newsletter right here.

A full-benefit annual subscription is $359, less than a dollar a day. I am giving discounts of $80 to home inspectors and Realtors whom I have known for many years.

What I am doing today, though, is letting my readers and followers here have an individual subscription to House Key News. FREE! The individual You don’t get the full benefit of a House Key News membership because you won’t be providing any email addresses to me with this free membership. You’ll simply get a monthly email newsletter from me chock full of helpful and interesting articles and original pictures (by Russel Ray Photos, of course) about real estate—our homes, taking care of them, and staying safe in them.

To sign up, use this link, enter the discount code
complete the rest of the information, including agreeing to the terms of service, and click on SUBMIT AND CHECK OUT. Once you enter the discount code, the screen will refresh to show a due amount of $0.00. That means FREE!


If you don’t like such links because they could be bad boy misdirections, go to, click on Register, select the Individual membership at $99 per year, click on the link to enter the discount code, complete the rest of the information, and click on SUBMIT AND CHECK OUT.

You don’t have to work in real estate to reap the benefits of all the good stuff in House Key News. If you live anywhere other than in a cave or under a rock, there’s stuff for you. So get your individual subscription now since this offer will expire September 30, 2016.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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