#TheNation: NCE Homes Employee Spotlight: Meet Ian

Ian Zucker, Consultant

Ian Zucker, Consultant

Name: Ian

Home: Gaithersburg, Maryland 


Education: University of Mississippi 


Before NCE Homes: Commercial Real Estate


“I thought that not having a set schedule with commercial real estate would be nice but having to discover all the leads myself was a bit stressful and frustrating. With NCE, our marketing team finds majority of our leads and I have to do is run them. This has made my experience a lot more enjoyable because every day is a new experience. I’m not sitting at a cubicle doing the same exact thing day after day, and here at NCE the potential for growth is much bigger than who I have worked for before. There are many positions I can potentially move into with new branches opening, and the potential for income growth is much larger than many employment opportunities that I’ve ever seen. Coming into this company was really exciting, but I obviously had to learn the ropes because this was a new industry to me. Once I got it down, I truly started to love it because of the daily challenges that helped me to better myself as a person and professional. Working with like-minded individuals has been really rewarding, and with the family-oriented environment here at NCE, it has helped me develop great relationships that I enjoy even outside of work. My core values are treating others like you want to be treated and doing the right thing. This is an industry that has a 68% complaint rate, so it’s a really good feeling to be working for a company that communicates the truth. As a representative, you know what you give them is the best possible thing for their home, it’s great. I can only do what I do because I am actually helping people in the long run. Working for a company like NCE Homes who treats their employees with respect and customers with respect is a huge thing for me.” 

Actions To Take if Your Roof is Leaking



Your roof has a job to do; Keep you warm and dry.  If your roof isn’t doing the job once the rain begins, you will deal with water dripping into your home.  If you are having this issue, it is important you find the treatment immediately.  Here are some DIY remedy’s, but please be aware that eventually the problems will grow larger.  


Tarping the Roof

The first thing most homeowners due when experiencing a leak is to put tarp on the roof during a storm. This will be like a band-aid over a cut, but unfortunately it doesn’t heal the wound. It will temporarily stop more rain from coming in until consulting a professional, but it should never be considered a permanent solution.  

Poke a Hole

If your roof is currently leaking, the first thing you want to do is attempt to minimize your ceiling damage. Wherever you notice the biggest bulge or wettest spot on the ceiling, you want to poke a small hole in the middle to drain and air out the area. Keep in mind the damp drywall will never safely dry out, instead it will start to form mold and mildew. 

Consult a Professional 

Unfortunately, no matter what DIY treatment you pursue you will need to consult with a professional when experiencing a roof leak. It is extremely important to take proper action sooner rather than later to avoid more expensive damages. A professional will give you the immediate service needed, and if you need to wait a while for your ceiling to be fixed that can come secondary to the immediate need of servicing your roof leak. 

NCE Homes can help you understand on the best options. We will consult you on all of your options and detect a solution that keeps you and your family safe in your home.  If you are in need of a consultation, give our team a call at 443-400-5210. 


#LetYourHomeDoTheTalking: Warning Signs of Needing a New Roof

Missing Shingles Due to Winter & Wind

Missing Shingles Due to Winter & Wind

Warning Signs of Needing a New Roof

Some of the most common misconceptions of not needing a new roof are typically the sayings, “I’m not having any leaks” or “If my roof were leaking, I would see stains on my ceilings”. Both of these hazards are indeed a sign of needing a new roof, but there are many more danger signals that can result in you needing a new roof on your home.

Blistering or Peeling Interior or Exterior Paint

Due to poor ventilation. Moisture gets trapped in the house with nowhere to escape, causing exterior paint to peel and blister. 

Exterior Decay in Sheathing and Siding

Excess moisture is the most popular cause of decay. 

Missing, Curled or Cracked Shingles

If shingles are cracked or easily break, it means they have reached the end of their productive life. 

Dark Streaking on Roof

Some of the most common visual signs of roof damage is vegetation, fungus, mold or algae growth. These visual signs result in dark stains on your roof and sometimes mean your roofing structure is vulnerable.


High Energy Costs

Trapping hot air in your attic is a result of poor ventilation.  It can drive up your household cooking costs and also cause attic moisture that can drip into your insulation, reducing its effectiveness.  


A Leak in the Attic

The best time to check in your attic for a leak is during or after a strong storm. If you see any signs of leaking, it could be the result of damaged shingles, and a deficient underlayment.


Stains on Interior Ceilings and Walls – Mold or Mildew Growth

Moisture trapped inside attic caused by leaks usually results in the appearance of stains and mold on your ceilings or walls in your home.


To take precaution, inspecting most of these issues can be done on your own.  If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, NCE Homes can be of assistance. Call us today for a complete inspection of your roof, windows, and siding at 443-400-5210.