What I'm Seeing Now


I Discriminate... Every Day. I Really Do.

Yes, it's true.  I discriminate.  There, I said it.  I can't help it.  It is a part of me.  It's necessary for my profession, at least, if I want to be successful.

But don't think less of me.  Oh, you thought I meant...  well, no, not that.

I mean to say that I am discriminating.  It can be a good word.  It comes from the Latin word cernere, originally to "sift" or "decide."

Some other words we get from "cernere" are:

Certain - which means decided

Decree - a decision

Discern - to sift apart

Discreet - originally, showing good judgment

As a home inspector, I have to show good judgment.  I need to look at wiring to decide if it is proper and make a good judgment, sifting good from bad.  Roof shingles, foundation walls, appliance operations, windows, garage doors, remodeling - wow, you name it, I HAVE to be certain and discriminating.  In a thousand ways, every day.  I'm told that I am good at it!

My clients count on it.

I have to confess, I have practiced discrimination, I mean real discrimination.  When I met my wife, some centuries ago (ask her, for her it's been at least that long...) I discriminated on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, education, physical appearance, political proclivities, family values and sexual orientation.  I have also steered her towards particular neighborhoods.  Yikes!  Well, truth be told that is.

There's probably all kinds of federal law violations there... but I digress.

My recommendation:  Hire a home inspector with a discriminating attitude!  They're the best...



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 8 commentsJay Markanich • December 02 2008 04:28PM
I Discriminate… Every Day. I Really Do.
Yes, it's true. I discriminate. There, I said it. I can't help it. It is a part of me. It's necessary for my profession, at least, if I want to be successful. But don't think less of me. Oh, you thought I meant… well, no, not that. &… more