Terms and Conditions
Agreement between User and Home Hippos LLC
The www.homehippos.com, www.homehippos.org, www.homehippos.net sites are owned and operated by HOME HIPPOS LLC (“Home Hippos”). Home Hippos has the right at any time and in its sole discretion to change or discontinue any aspect or feature of this site, including, without limitation, the sites’ content, hours of availability, equipment, and cost needed for access or use of these sites, any related site, and/or any content, information, reports, and/or data in any way associated therewith or contained therein (the “Site”).
The Site is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein (the “Terms”). Your use of the Site constitutes your agreement to all such Terms. Please read these terms carefully and keep a copy of them for your reference.
Home Hippos LLC is a construction and real estate technology company that specializes in residential analysis to optimize the space and value of any US-based home. We offer an online platform to analyze residential construction projects and property potential including 3-D visualization of construction opportunities, as well as connect with our experts and third-party providers for a variety of real estate, property development and construction services
Visiting the Site or sending emails to Home Hippos constitutes electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the Site, satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.
Restrictions on Use
The Site contains proprietary information (including, without limitation, copyrighted material, trademarks, patented and patent-pending data, and other proprietary information), text, data, information, software, photos, graphics, and reports (collectively, the “Content”). The Content of the Site, as well as the organization, layout, arrangement and design elements of the Site and each individual page of the Site, are the property of HOME HIPPOS and/or its licensors, affiliates, or third parties, and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark and other applicable intellectual property laws. You may not modify, publish, transmit, display, participate in the transfer or sale, create or attempt to create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the Site and/or the Content, in whole or in part. No copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication or exploitation (commercial or otherwise) of the Content is permitted without the express written permission of HOME HIPPOS or the Content owner. In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution, or publication of the Content, no changes in, or deletion of, author attribution, trademark legend, or copyright notice shall be made. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by viewing, downloading, or printing the Content (including proprietary/protected material), or by using the Site.
You may not (i) modify, distribute, share, publish, broadcast, or circulate any portion of the Site or Content (including, but not limited to, any download or printed copies made from it), except with respect to utilizing the Site’s “Share” function, which sharing is expressly permitted; (ii) engineer, reverse engineer, decrypt, assemble, disassemble, compile, or decompile any object code or algorithms or create derivative works from the Site or Content; (iii) sublicense, sell, or resell any portion of the Site or Content to any third party, or (iv) remove, obscure, deface or otherwise interfere with any proprietary or restrictive notice or legend contained in or included on any part of the Site or Content. (v) use any sub-portion of the Site or Content out of context of the entire document, report or information or other content provided by HOME HIPPOS. You also agree not to access or copy any portion of the Site or Content through any automated viewing, downloading or crawling systems.
You may not make unauthorized use of any product listings, descriptions, or prices. You may not make use of any robots, spiders, or similar data mining, data gathering or extraction tools or manual processes to collect, gather or copy any of the Content in an unauthorized manner. You may not engage in the practices of “screen scraping,” “database scraping,” or any other practice or activity the purpose of which is to obtain lists of users, portions of a database, or other lists or information from the Site, in any manner or in any quantities not authorized in writing by HOME HIPPOS. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including data, ratings, descriptions, images, text, page layout, or form) of HOME HIPPOS and/or its licensors, affiliates, and/or other third parties, without prior express written consent. You may not use meta tags or any other “hidden text” utilizing HOME HIPPOS, the Content, or any other proprietary name and/or material, without the express written consent of HOME HIPPOS.
Systematic retrieval of the Content or other data from the Site to create or compile, or attempt to create or compile, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, a collection, compilation, database or directory without the express written permission of HOME HIPPOS is strictly prohibited.
You may not use the Site and/or the Content in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Site and/or the Content or interfere with any other person’s use and enjoyment of the Site and/or the Content.
Illegal and/or unauthorized uses of this Site and/or the Content, including, but not limited to, unauthorized framing of or linking to the Site and/or the Content, or unauthorized use of any robot, spider, or other automated device on the Site, or any manual process to monitor or copy any portion of the Content, will be investigated and appropriate legal action will be taken, including without limitation, civil and criminal proceedings, and proceedings for restraining orders and injunctions. You shall be liable to HOME HIPPOS for all damages, harm, losses, costs, and/or expenses, including attorneys’ and experts’ fees, incurred in connection with the same.
HOME HIPPOS observes, and requires its providers to strictly adhere to, all federal, state, and local laws related to real estate and housing, including, without limitation, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended (the Fair Housing Act). HOME HIPPOS forbids, does not knowingly participate in, and in no way condones discriminatory housing practices such as steering or the denial of housing based upon race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.
If you use the Site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. You may not assign or otherwise transfer your account to any other person or entity. You acknowledge that Home Hippos is not responsible for third party access to your account that results from theft or misappropriation of your account. Home Hippos and its associates reserve the right to refuse or cancel service, terminate accounts, or remove or edit content in our sole discretion.
Children Under Thirteen
Home Hippos does not knowingly collect, either online or offline, personal information from persons under the age of thirteen. If you are under 18, you may use the Site only with permission of a parent or guardian.
Links to Third Party Sites/Third Party Services
The Site may contain links to other websites (“Linked Sites”). The Linked Sites are not under the control of Home Hippos and Home Hippos is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. Home Hippos is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Home Hippos of the site or any association with its operators.
Certain services made available via the Site are delivered by third party sites and organizations such as construction management software, lending services, construction services. By using any product, service or functionality originating from the Site, you hereby acknowledge and consent that Home Hippos may share such information and data with any third party with whom Home Hippos has a contractual relationship to provide the requested product, service or functionality on behalf of the Site users and customers.
Any information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, licensors, advertisers, and users, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of HOME HIPPOS.
Use of Communication Services
The Site may contain bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars, and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with the public at large or with a group (collectively, “Communication Services”). You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular Communication Service.
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not: defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others; publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information; upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents; upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer; advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Service specifically allows such messages; conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters; download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner; falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded; restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services; violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service; harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent; violate any applicable laws or regulations.
Home Hippos has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. However, Home Hippos reserves the right to review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. Home Hippos reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Communication Services at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever.
Home Hippos reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, at Home Hippos’s sole discretion.
Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children in any Communication Service. Home Hippos does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Service and, therefore, Home Hippos specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Service. Managers and hosts are not authorized Home Hippos spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of Home Hippos.
Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you upload the materials.
HOME HIPPOS assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for, any damages to, or viruses that may infect, any computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing in and/or on the Site or your viewing, printing, and/or downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video, or audio from the Site.
Software and other materials from this Site may also be subject to United States Export Control. The United States Export Control laws prohibit the export of certain technical data and software to certain territories. Nothing from this Site may be downloaded or exported (1) into (or to a national or resident of) Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Syria, or any other country to which the United States has embargoed goods; or (2) anyone on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the US Commerce Department’s Table of Deny Orders. HOME HIPPOS does not authorize the downloading or exportation of any information, technical data and/or materials from this Site to any jurisdiction prohibited by the United States Export Laws.
The business associates of HOME HIPPOS identified on the Site or recommended as part of our services, if any, are distinct entities and third party or independent contractors of HOME HIPPOS, for which HOME HIPPOS has no obligation or liability whatsoever. The business associates, if any, are not joint ventures or partners of HOME HIPPOS. No employee, principal, or representative of the business associates, if any, is under the control of HOME HIPPOS and HOME HIPPOS has no right or obligation to control, or attempt to control, the same. Examples of such business associates include but are not limited to lenders, construction companies, architects, construction contractors, construction management companies and software.
Materials Provided to the Site or Posted on Any Home Hippos Web Page Home Hippos does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to the Site (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any Home Hippos Site or our associated services (collectively “Submissions”). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you are granting Home Hippos, our affiliated companies and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; and to publish your name in connection with your Submission.
No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. Home Hippos is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may remove any Submission at any time in Home Hippos’s sole discretion.
By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.
Third Party Accounts
You will be able to connect your Home Hippos account to third party accounts. By connecting your Home Hippos account to your third-party account, you acknowledge and agree that you are consenting to the continuous release of information about you to others (in accordance with your privacy settings on those third party sites). If you do not want information about you to be shared in this manner, do not use this feature.
The Service is controlled, operated and administered by Home Hippos from our offices within the USA. If you access the Service from a location outside the USA, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. You agree that you will not use the Home Hippos Content accessed through the Site in any country or in any manner prohibited by any applicable laws, restrictions or regulations.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Home Hippos, its officers, directors, employees, agents and third parties, for any losses, costs, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) relating to or arising out of your use of or inability to use the Site or services, any user postings made by you, your violation of any terms of this Agreement or your violation of any rights of a third party, or your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. Home Hippos reserves the right, at its own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with Home Hippos in asserting any available defenses.
In the event the parties are not able to resolve any dispute between them arising out of or concerning these Terms and Conditions, or any provisions hereof, whether in contract, tort, or otherwise at law or in equity for damages or any other relief, then such dispute shall be resolved only by final and binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, conducted by a single neutral arbitrator and administered by the American Arbitration Association, or a similar arbitration service selected by the parties, in a location mutually agreed upon by the parties. The arbitrator’s award shall be final, and judgment may be entered upon it in any court having jurisdiction. In the event that any legal or equitable action, proceeding or arbitration arises out of or concerns these Terms and Conditions, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its costs and reasonable attorney’s fees. The parties agree to arbitrate all disputes and claims in regard to these Terms and Conditions or any disputes arising as a result of these Terms and Conditions, whether directly or indirectly, including Tort claims that are a result of these Terms and Conditions. The parties agree that the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. The entire dispute, including the scope and enforceability of this arbitration provision shall be determined by the Arbitrator. This arbitration provision shall survive the termination of these Terms and Conditions.
Class Action Waiver
Any arbitration under these Terms and Conditions will take place on an individual basis; class arbitrations and class/representative/collective actions are not permitted. THE PARTIES AGREE THAT A PARTY MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN EACH’S INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PUTATIVE CLASS, COLLECTIVE AND/ OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING, SUCH AS IN THE FORM OF A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION AGAINST THE OTHER. Further, unless both you and Home Hippos agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
Disclaimer of Warranty; Limitation of Liability.
THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR
TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. HOME HIPPOS LLC AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME.
HOME HIPPOS LLC AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. THE SITE AND THE CONTENT IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. YOU FURTHER EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT THE INFORMATION, RATINGS, DATA AND OTHER CONTENT CONTAINED IN AND/OR PRODUCED ON THE SITE, OR ON ANY PAGE OF THE SITE, IS A WORK OF ART, AND AS SUCH, NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS WHATSOEVER ARE EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED INCLUDING WITH REGARD TO ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY OR SUITABILITY OF REFERRAL PARTNERS (INCLUDING OUR BROKER NETWORK), OR THE SUITABILITY OF ANY LOCATION, NEIGHBORHOOD OR AREA FOR THE PURCHASE, INVESTMENT, LEASING, FINANCING, USE, OR RENTING OF REAL PROPERTY. TO THE EXTENT THE SITE AND/OR ANY CONTENT IS PROSPECTIVE IN NATURE, INCLUDING THE FORECASTING OF THE POTENTIAL OCCURRENCE OR NON-OCCURRENCE OF CONDITIONS AND/OR EVENTS, SUCH INFORMATION IS INHERENTLY UNCERTAIN AND, ACCORDINGLY, MAY NOT BE RELIED UPON BY YOU OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY PURPOSE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT, BUSINESS, AND/OR OTHER DECISIONS, TRANSACTIONS, AND/OR OTHER FORWARD-LOOKING MATTERS. ACTUAL RESULTS COULD DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE ANTICIPATED IN ANY FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY HOME HIPPOS OR ANY THIRD PARTY. THIS DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ALL USES OF THE SITE AND THE CONTENT AND ANY LOSSES, COSTS, DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INACCURACY, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION, OR USE OF THE SITE AND/OR THE CONTENT, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR (INCLUDING STRICT LIABILITY), NEGLIGENCE, OR UNDER ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HOME HIPPOS IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OR THIRD-PARTIES (INCLUDING ANY BUSINESS, ENTITY, AND/OR SOURCE CONTAINED ON AND/OR LINKED TO THE SITE) AND THAT THE RISK OF INJURY FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU.
Home Hippos reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the Site and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the laws of the State of California and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in California in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Site. Use of the Site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these Terms, including, without limitation, this section.
You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and Home Hippos as a result of this agreement or use of the Site. Home Hippos’s performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of Home Hippos’s right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Site or information provided to or gathered by Home Hippos with respect to such use. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect.
Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and Home Hippos with respect to the Site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and Home Hippos with respect to the Site. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. It is the express wish to the parties that this agreement and all related documents be written in English.
Changes to Terms
Home Hippos reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change the Terms under which the Site is offered. The most current version of the Terms will supersede all previous versions. Home Hippos encourages you to periodically review the Terms to stay informed of our updates.
Effective as of July 29, 2020
Our mission is to transform existing, aged-homes, and the properties on which they sit, to better meet the needs of today’s society while helping American homeowners tap into the value of our biggest asset – our homes.