Will my Realtor® be at the home inspection?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843

 

When I (Jared) work with a client that is buying a home in Fort Wayne, I make the commitment to be by their side during the entire process.

Part of that process is the home inspection.  

A lot of my clients are first time home buyers that need a lot more guidance and direction than the experienced buyers, but I'll attend inspections for the experienced buyers as well.

 

I've seen this question discussed here on ActiveRain before and in real estate groups on Facebook.  I've actually been on both sides of it.

In fact, I wrote a blog post or two about it.  The first I believe that I talk about NOT going to the inspection because our previous broker didn't like her agents to attend them due to liability issues.  I was not a fan of not going because I felt out of the loop.  Sure, I could see the pictures the inspector took, and I can read the description of what he said was wrong, but it's not like being there in person and seeing it with your own eyes.

I firmly believe that a Realtor® should be at the home inspection, right beside their client.

 

One thing I won't do is give a lot of my own opinions about the condition of the home.  Sure, if I can see mold in the basement I'm going to point to it and say "That's mold.  Mold is bad."  I won't comment on the extent of how bad the mold is, nor will I say that it "isn't a big deal" or is an "easy fix."  That's where I can get myself (and my client) in trouble.

It's the home inspector's job to report to you, the home buyer, the condition of the home.  

It's my job as your Realtor® to guide you through the inspection response after the inspection is done.  

If you have any questions about this, feel free to call and ask!

 

Fellow real estate professionals:  Do you attent the home inspections with your client?  Why or why not?  

Home buyers in Fort Wayne:  Do you expect your Realtor® to attend home inspections?  Why or why not?  

 

Disclaimer:  This is just MY opinion.  There is no right or wrong answer.  Everybody does things differently.  I'd just like to hear YOUR opinion.  Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

Amanda Christiansen is an award winning Realtor with Christiansen Group Realty.

 

Jared Christiansen is a business partner and in charge of marketing and taking care of things behind the scene.

 

Enough about us...

 

Tell us what you want your real estate experience to be, and we will do it YOUR way.

 

Buying a home in Fort Wayne? Tell us your wants and needs. Let us know how you envision your family living.  Tell us what's important to YOU, and we'll find the community and home that fits.  

 

Selling your home in Fort Wayne?  Our job is to make you the most money possible in the shortest amount of time. We offer our sellers professional staging, professional photography, and more internet marketing than most. 

 

We are committed to giving you everything we have to offer.  We are both full time agents and will work around your schedule.  Do nights and weekends work better for you?  NO PROBLEM. We are here to help YOU at YOUR convenience.

 

Amanda can be reached at 260-704-0843, and Jared can be reached at 260-704-0842, or you can email us at JaredChristiansen@gmail.com, or Amanda427@gmail.com.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I won't do an inspection unless the buyer's realtor is present, unless there is some extenuating circumstance.  There isn't a reason for the seller's agent to be present.  The inspection should be unfettered time for the buyers.

The seller's agent sometimes shows up at the end, but not to poke around.

May 28, 2013 08:25 PM #45
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Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
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Good Morning and great advice as well.  Keep up the good work and good luck with your business,  E

May 28, 2013 08:50 PM #46
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Andrew Mooers
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Very very few home inspections but often will wheel in a carpenter, electrician, plumber to scope out specific concerns,  issues.  With a $20,000 home and other low low cost places, the pretty savvy do it yourselfer with his family behind them all fine tooth comb and know what they are getting. The brother is an electrician, dad is a plumber and Uncle Jim is a carpenter, foundation guy that has the experience beyond the newly annoited building inspector that has never done house building, repair for a job, for a paycheck.

May 28, 2013 09:19 PM #47
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
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I always attend but keep my mouth shut about the actual inspection. Once reported on then I get involved in the next step - cancel, concessions, or go forward.

May 28, 2013 09:45 PM #48
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

  We are there....every time the whole time...how can you address a condition you have never seen !

May 28, 2013 09:53 PM #49
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
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So I think most of us are in agreement that we need to represent our clients at the home inspection, but we need to keep our mouths shut.

Thanks for everybody's comments and thoughts.  Have a great week!

May 28, 2013 10:09 PM #50
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Rain Silverhawk
Keller Williams Sandpoint rain@lakeandhomes.com - Sandpoint, ID
208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor

Always interesting to see how things are done differently in other areas.  Here the agents are never supposed to go to the inspections due to liability.  The client also has to give the inspector permission to share the results with me.  I always encourage my people to go to the inspection so they can see with their own eyes.

Thanks for the post

May 28, 2013 10:16 PM #51
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I attend the last hour of an inspection with my clients. The inspectors can then go through the results of the inspection, with the buyer,  and I am kept in the loop.

May 28, 2013 10:34 PM #52
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I have only missed one inspection in my entire career and I had a very experienced agent cover for me;  with that said, I cannot not being there although I understand in some areas, it is considered a liability issue.  In my area, it is one of the critical things we do as a buyer agent. 

May 28, 2013 10:52 PM #53
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Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

When I bought my home, my agent was with me throughout the whole inspection. I really appreciated it and it meant a lot to me that he was willing to be there. It's all about personal service!

May 28, 2013 11:33 PM #54
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Roger Stensland
The Cascade Team Real Estate - Maple Valley, WA
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I have attended every inspection.  Either I or someone from my office must be there to let the inspector in.  If we open the house for the inspector and then leave, there could be consequences for us as we or a representative are required to be there.  That being said, we are not there to help or guide the inspector in any way.  We are not there to influence the inspector in any way, shape or form.  The buyers pay for the inspection and deserve the best advice from that inspector.  I have only had one instance when a highly-recommended inspector performed the inspection and called out the air conditioner as not working.  The home owner showed us the new unit that had been installed about a year ago and also showed us that it functioned perfectly.  For some reason the old hulk of an air conditioning unit had been left outside in its original position and that one did not work.  Even then, I had no input, it was the owner who saved the day.  If I am too busy, I may send someone else as a representative, but someone will always attend inspections with my clients as that is a requirement.

May 29, 2013 12:18 AM #55
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Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

I do go to all inspection. What liability? If I represent the buyer and I see something I will say something to the inspector. Nobody is perfect. Rather deal with an issue now versus later.

May 29, 2013 01:15 AM #56
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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
I have made it a practice to attend all my home inspections, and if I can't, I'll compensate another agent to be there. Too many things can go wrong during the inspection process.
May 29, 2013 01:23 AM #57
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Brett Nutter
Stars and Stripes Realty - North Pole, AK
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Part of our contract states that we are not experts in home conditions to the buyers. I also reiterate all home conditions, tax questions and financial questions should be redirected to the respected experts of that field. I would want to be at the inspection though, not only for the buyer but for myself as well, why not learn their experience to apply to yourself. Just remember to keep that to yourself during the times you are working with buyers or sellers.

May 29, 2013 01:42 AM #58
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Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121

It's absolutely critical that the buyer's agent be at the inspection.

I don't feel the listing agent needs to be there, though.

May 29, 2013 02:55 AM #59
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Gary Frimann
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

I agree with Lloyd above.  There should be someone there who is licensed, has insurance (E&O), and has been fingerprinted.

May 29, 2013 02:57 AM #60
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Venus Howard
Re/Max Alliance - Westminster, CO
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If I know the inspector is a licensed and bonded inspector - typically the inspector I've referred business to for nearly 10  years I'll give him the lockbox and meet them for the final wrap up.  My broker doesn't like us there either.  If we are there, we just stay out of the way.

May 29, 2013 03:11 AM #61
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I never agreed with that advice from your first broker.  While I don't think it's my job to advise the buyer about their inspection I think it's important for me to know what kind of job he did.  And sometimes I can solve problems that "aren't really problems".  Recently I was at a home and the breaker to the stove was turned off.  Now you would think the inspector would check for that, but he didn't.  So I flipped the switch in the breaker box and wala, stove worked again.

May 29, 2013 05:52 AM #62
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Peggy Wester
Realty Executives Integrity - Grafton, WI
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County

I don't understand the liability issue at all. I attend every home inspection. I agree you can't get a good idea of what is found if you're not there to see it yourself.

May 29, 2013 10:55 AM #63
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Kristian Kan
Re/Max Preferred - Baltimore, MD

I agree that it is important for the buyer's agent to attend the home inspection for many reasons, but it also helps strengthen the ongoing relationship with your buyer who always appreciates your involvement with this step of their process.

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