Realtors Should Be Attending Home Inspections With Their Clients

Jun 30, 2010 Full story: massrealestatenews.com 11

In the Real Estate industry it is usually pretty easy to spot a truly dedicated Realtor who has a passion for their business.

It is also just as easy to spot a pretender that does as little as they can get away with. Unfortunately, there are very low barriers to becoming a Realtor. Take a test and you are in business as soon as a broker hires you.There are so many consumers that do not know the rules of the game and donít realize when the Realtor they have hired is doing what they should be under their job description. One area that is quite common to see a Realtor not fully representing their clients best interests is at the attendance of the buyers home inspection. To read further see Realtors should attend the home inspection. Full Story
John D

Miami, FL

#1 Jun 30, 2010
The only pretender is the person posting this. Attending a home inspection with your clients is not a good idea and there is no reason for it as a Realtor. In fact, it is a risk to attend the home inspection according to several real estate attorneys. The Realtor adds no value by being there. There are much better ways to serve your clients needs and this is not one of them. Has nothing to do with laziness on the part of the Realtor.

“Metrowest Real Estate”

Since: Apr 08

Hopkinton Massachusetts

#3 Jul 2, 2010
John there is no risk for a a Realtor attending a home inspection!

Thatís hogwash! I completely disagree. Itís the Realtors conduct at the inspection that puts them at risk, not their presence. Know when to open your mouth and when not to! If you want to act like a home inspector then you are opening yourself up to liability NOT otherwise.

The home inspection is an integral part of the home buying process that consumers should have representation at.

Since: Jul 10

Methuen, MA

#4 Jul 3, 2010
Many variables affect who attends a home inspection. In most cases, however, Buyers hire me their home inspector)as their private consultant, which means the Buyer should have the last word on who should attend their home inspection.

Real estate agents usually coordinate who attends the home inspection, but circumstances often override their preferences. In some cases, Buyers are unable to attend because they live out of the area or are not able to get time off from work. In those instances, Home Inspectors may be accompanied by the Buyers agent or a representative on the Buyers side. The Sellers agent will gain access to the home and usually supply me with the Sellers disclosure and/or the listing sheet. This Agent then stays out of the picture for the remainder of the inspection. The Buyers agent will accompany the Buyer to the inspection most of the time. There are situations that arise in which the Buyers agent will send an assistant to answer any questions the Buyer may have. In most cases, Buyers will attend all or part of my home inspection. This may occur with or without his/her Agent, or it may also include contractors and possibly some relatives and friends.

Whether Sellers should attend the inspection is more complicated. Buyers cannot forbid the Sellers from remaining during the inspection. Some Sellers willingly leave for a few hours, some remain without involving themselves in the inspection, and still others become actively involved, engaging the buyers in lengthy conversations or shadowing the Inspector on every step. Itís always best to have the Sellers leave for the duration of the inspection, as Iíve ran into situations in the past where my clients became very upset because the Sellers remained in the home during the inspection. I (personally) do not like to see Sellers present during my inspections.

Many Real Estate agents attempt to prevent direct communication between Buyers and Sellers, especially during the home inspection. They want to prevent emotional exchanges that might hurt the sale. Often, however, attending the inspection fosters goodwill among all parties. Each case is distinct and hinges on personalities, rather than protocol.

While Iím talking with my clientís and reviewing my findings, they often prefer a private consultation, without the Sellers present. In some instances, Sellers instinctively understand this and offer the Buyers and myself a private spot to meet in the house (I prefer the kitchen area).

The worst of all arrangements is when the Buyers agent advises their Buyers not to attend the home inspection and appoint themselves as intermediaries. Agents who suggest such arrangements are not acting in the best interests of their clients. I will not conduct an inspection solely with the Buyers agent unless authorized by the Buyer.

As a Buyer, keep in mind that you have hired me to be your advocate. The home inspection is paid for by you and presented for your benefit. I have a reputation for thoroughness, and I don't let anyone else set the rules on my home inspections.

When is the best time to schedule a home inspection?

The best time to schedule a home inspection is right after the offer to purchase contract is signed, prior to executing the final purchase and sales agreement. However, before you sign the offer to purchase contract, be sure that your Realtor includes an inspection clause in your contract making the purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the Buyer and Seller are obligated.
Diana Perez

Hollywood, FL

#5 Jul 3, 2010
As a Realtor, I always attend the home inpection with my buyers (and sellers) and to their best interests, I want to be there in case they have any questions or concerns that they need answered. There might be contract contigencies that may need to be addressed. All buyers, sellers, and contracts are unique whether it be cash buyers, FHA loans which create a delicate issue especially with 203c and 203k loans. You might encounter a home that needs small to large repairs which can either make or brake a deal. You can help your buyers negotiate with the sellers if that be the case, you just never know but I think that it will be to everyone's interest for all parties to be involved.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#6 Jul 4, 2010
Laeeque approached our brokerage with some felicitous deal. We asked him that he do no involve our firm in shady deals like these. Our guess is, stay away from him while buying or selling. His sales pitch may seem too good to be true and it definitely is.
Home Inspectors San Diego

Oceanside, CA

#7 Jul 6, 2010
I appreciate when the Realtor sticks around while I do the home inspection. Provided: 1. they don't mess with anything (i.e. switching off breakers, opening water valves...seriously, this has happened), and 2. they do not downplay my recommendation. I explain my findings in a very non-alarming way. If there is a serious deficiency, I let the client know about it. That's what they are paying me for.

Housecall Property Inspections
http://www.sandiegohomeinspect.com

Since: Jan 13

Indore, India

#10 Apr 2, 2013
Home inspection is as much important for the realtors as home inspectors. Some tactics used by the realtors while doing home inspection. This realtors always try to discourage potential buyers by creating various comments against the home inspector. By advising this tips to home buyers and to expect these low fees the realtors are trying to steer home buyers to certain inspectors, because this prospective limits the search of home buyers to their price range by an registered real estate agent.
JIM TURANO

New York, NY

#13 Apr 5, 2013
in New York, Agents or Brokers always attend a Home Inspection. It is part of the daily routine to function and see your deal go through and equally important for your clients to see that you are there. Maybe this article was meant for a different town in a different State, but it is an ignorant waste of words here in New York.
If an agent or Broker does not attend the inspection which is one part of the crucial buying phase, they should have their heads examined.
How can you ever over come a situation, if you are not present. Don't know why I am even responding but anyone who skips being present for an inspection should be fired period!
jim turano-middle village,ny
5Star Angel

Miami, FL

#14 Jul 16, 2013
You know you really post wonderful info about home inspector services. Now I will hire one of the best home inspector for my home inspection.

http://www.equityinspection.com/hermosa-beach...
kim ox

Doylestown, PA

#15 Jul 23, 2013
I had a home inspector and buyers come into my home. They went through my prescriptions in my medicine cabinet and moved them all around. They moved things in my linen closet around. The took my washer and dryer apart. They went through all my closets, left doors opened, threw things on the floor. It was horrible. I feel so violated. Their Realtor didn't come with them. I got accused of lying because I complained about what we found when we came back in our home. Their Realtor said they are a nice couple and wouldn't do that. They had a free for all rummaging through our stuff. Someone should be supervising the buyers to make sure nothing is taken or destroyed!
randytk

Palm Bay, FL

#16 Oct 28, 2013
Donít let your real estate agent choose the inspector. Hire someone who works for you without any conflict of interest. Inspect the inspector before you hire. Ask to see a sample http://keyshomeinspection.com/ report. Also ask about the length of the inspection. A through inspection takes a minimum of three to four hours. Walk through with the inspector. Youíll learn a lot about you house.

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