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Omaha Home Inspectors Blatantly Violating ASHI’s Code of Ethics
Buyers: please read this before you hire your home inspector.
Agents: please research the home inspectors before you refer them.
ASHI Code of Ethics 1 & 1C
1. states: “Inspectors shall avoid conflicts of interest or activities that compromise, or appear to compromise, professional independence, objectivity, or inspection integrity.”
1.C. states: “Inspectors shall not directly or indirectly compensate realty agents, or other parties having a financial interest in closing or settlement of real estate transactions, for the referral of inspections or for inclusion on a list of recommended inspectors, preferred providers, or similar arrangements.”
Omaha’s Preferred Vendor Relationships
A majority of the larger real estate offices in the Omaha metro have “preferred vendor relationships” with select home inspection companies. The name for these relationships range from “preferred partners”, “service network”, “service providers”, “services”, and “affiliates”. Regardless of what the real estate companies call it, these behind-the-scenes agreements entail the home inspection company paying the real estate company to be on their exclusive list. Not just anybody can buy their way onto the list. Over the years, I’ve found out that the only way to make it onto the list as a home inspection company is to be invited.
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