American Home Shield offers insight to homebuyers in USA Today insert website for first-time buyers

Friday, August 23, 2013 5:00 pm CDT




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"With the market gaining strength, we’re seeing steady growth in home warranty sales, too"

As the real estate market continues its recovery, American Home Shield, the largest home warranty company in the nation, is sharing important information with consumers about things to keep in mind before investing. The company recently launched, a website for first-time homebuyers, and is part of a special real estate investment supplement in this weekend’s edition of USA Today.

The insert will be distributed with Aug. 23-25 newspapers in several major cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Houston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Nashville, and Washington D.C., as well as in South Florida and the Carolinas regions. It is also available online at .

Comments from Mark Barry, president of American Home Shield, are featured in a panel of experts article where he offers simple pre-investment advice, warns of common mistakes that investors often make, and insight on how investors can help ensure a property is right for them. In another article, the company’s vice president of real estate sales, Lelia Chapman, shares how first-time homeowners and others can help protect their budget from unexpected repair costs.

“With the market gaining strength, we’re seeing steady growth in home warranty sales, too,” said Barry. “Sellers appreciate the additional confidence they offer potential buyers, and how this can help their property sell faster. Buyers know that breakdowns are inevitable, and they want to be prepared and protected when they do.”

Home warranties cover the repair of major appliances and system components that break down over time due to normal wear and tear. In the past five years, American Home Shield has spent more than $1.6 billion servicing its customers’ repair needs. To learn more, visit or

About American Home Shield

American Home Shield founded the home warranty industry in 1971 and remains the industry leader, servicing more than 1.3 million customers across 49 states. In addition to its core focus on home protection plans, the company also issues and administers preventative maintenance contracts on major home systems and appliances in 48 states across the country. The Memphis-based company operates three customer service centers, employs approximately 1,800 employees and has a national contractor network made up of over 10,000 independent home-service contractors. American Home Shield is a subsidiary of The ServiceMaster Company, one of the world's largest residential service networks. The company’s brands include Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec.

About ServiceMaster

With a global network of more than 7,300 company-owned, franchise and licensed locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world’s largest residential service networks. The company’s high-profile brands are Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 20,000 corporate associates and a franchise network that independently employs an estimated 31,000 additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands provided services and products to approximately 8 million customers during the last 12 months. The company’s market-leading brands provide a range of residential and commercial services including termite and pest control; lawn, tree and shrub care; home warranties and preventative maintenance contracts; furniture repair; home inspections; home cleaning; janitorial services; and disaster restoration. Go to for more information about ServiceMaster or follow the company at or


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