About JMC BUILDING INSPECTIONS

/About JMC BUILDING INSPECTIONS
About JMC BUILDING INSPECTIONS 2017-10-03T06:20:22+00:00

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Paul Barraza has been a property inspector since 2007, and started after attending ITA (Inspection Training Associates). While completing the course, he caught the attention of instructor John McComas, which served as a spring board to start an apprenticeship under one of the most well respected home inspectors in the Bay Area.  Paul bought JMC Building Inspections in January of 2015.

Paul left California to attend Oregon State University, where he earned a degree in Forestry. It was there that he discovered his love of rock climbing and began his frequent weekend trips to Smith Rock. After graduation, Paul began working for Hornblower Cruises between climbing trips. Eventually, he gained enough experience and earned his 100-ton inland captain’s license.

Eventually, his passion for climbing culminated in a two and a half year road trip around North America in his trusty (and rusty) Volkswagen Westfalia. After the road trip Paul worked for Berkeley Ironworks, where he eventually worked his way up to General Manager – overseeing one of the largest climbing and fitness facilities in the U.S. Over the years he has climbed many test pieces, including 5.13 sport routes, v13 boulder problems and even the 3000′ tall El Capitan in Yosemite.

Paul grew up in a 1936 Colonial Revival home in Kensington, CA, was an active member of Troop 100, eventually earning the Eagle Scout Award and currently lives with his wife and son in a 1916 Craftsman in Berkeley. When he is not inspecting or rock climbing, he can be found working on his “fixer-upper.”

Qualifications:

John McComas

John McComas is a licensed General ‘B’ Contractor in the State of California (540953). Prior to beginning his profession as a building inspector in 1982, John worked as a remodeling contractor, solar design and installation contractor, and was in the construction trades for more than seven years.

Following three years in the US Navy during the Vietnam era, and seven and one-half years as a firefighter and fire engineer for the City of Santa Barbara, John traveled extensively through all but one of the Central American countries as far south as Costa Rica, before returning to U.C. Santa Cruz to pursue formal education in Environmental Planning.

Prior to, and during the time he worked for a planning organization in the Central Sierra Foothills, John trained as a white water guide. He rafted both commercially and privately for many years and volunteered for an organization that provides outdoor adventures for disabled and disadvantaged youth and adults (ETC).

John resides in the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay Region with his life partner and companion, and plays with his two grandsons as often as he can. His loyal pet Sasquatch (‘Bigfoot’) is a polydactile yellow tabby that has John well trained, and mostly covered with cat hair.

Qualifications:

  • Retired Certified ASHI Inspector (#10935)
  • General contractor license in the State of California (#540953)
  • Certified as an Oakland City Soft Story Evaluator
  • Certified by Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) for Earthquake Evaluations
  • Professional member of the International Code Council (formerly ICBO)
  • Past instructor for ITA (Inspection Training Associates)
  • 2011 Affiliate of the Year Award Recipient from the Berkeley Association of Realtors

Lee Parson

Lee Parsons began his career as a home inspector in 2013.  He is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and of Golden Gate ASHI (GGASHI), for which he is currently serving as the Education Committee Co-Chair.  After attending the ASHI School and passing the National Home Inspection Examination, Lee went to work for a large national company, performing inspections throughout the Bay Area.  But when Paul Barraza asked him to join JMC, it was an easy decision to go with a local company that values quality and thoroughness.

Lee grew up in Southern California and was drawn north to attend UC Santa Cruz, where he studied literature and architectural history.  After graduation, he moved to San Francisco and worked in various jobs– in a wood shop building furniture; in bookstores; and on house painting crews– before returning to school to pursue a graduate degree in English at the University of Washington.  After graduate school, he returned to the Bay Area and worked in university student services, first at Golden Gate University and then at UC Berkeley.

Lee and his wife, painter Ginny Parsons, live in Alameda where they own a 1912 California bungalow (or it owns them), and where they have raised two children (the oldest is now attending UC Santa Cruz).  When not inspecting homes or working on his own, Lee will be found racing sailboats on the Bay or cycling on the roads throughout the Bay Area.

Qualifications:

  • ASHI Certified Inspector (#252867)
  • Home Energy Score Registered Assessor #CA-SWST-0052
  • Education Chair, Golden Gate Chapter of ASHI
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