It is not necessarily about quality as much as it is about safety. Folks are licensed for a reason. It acknowledges minimum education level as well as creates a liability.
When most buyers go into a house they are often focused on the the big picture. The wow factors...the layout, overall appeal, etc.
A good buyer's agent needs to enter the property with an eye toward what may be an issue - whether disclosed or not. (This holds true as well for a good seller's agent.)
While very few real estate agents are property inspectors or possess a contractor level knowledge there is a basic level of responsibility that comes with being a real estate agent. There is nothing more "weaselly" than to read an MLS entry where the agent that states buyers must verify all the information provided as it is not warranted. While all information should be verified this little statement does not absolve an agent or an owner from disclosing known issues that impact value.
There will be records (permits) that disclose when something more than basic (check local code) was done to a property. The records will reflect if the final inspection occurred.
Occasionally I see MLS entries where the agent comments that the "tax records do not reflect" whatever.... To me this is a red flag!
As a seller's agent I recommend the issue be resolved before listing the property for sale. If you are thinking about selling your home and have done some un-permitted work - fix it now before the deal falls through!
Accurate permits, complete property disclosures and a pfessional property inspection are critical to the home buying process.
Your real estate agent will guide you along a path to minimize the chance you will inherit a problem to deal with one day when it is time to sell the home.
Thinking about buying a home in Viera, Florida? Call or text me if I can help in any way!