Time and time again, I have performed home inspections on horrid homes where the purchaser was represented by a reported Buyer Agent. What I don't understand is that often, the obvious dreadful defects I report come as a complete surprise to the Buyer Agent and my client.
Mt question is a how can a real estate agent represent themselves as a Buyer Agent and not have any expertise in recognizing the condition of the home?
The National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents (NAEBA) standards of practice state in part that "the Buyer Agent will discuss and evaluate the properties viewed with his/her Buyer-Client, comparing each property shown with the target property profile". How does the Buyer Agent evaluate the home without specific training?
We all are aware that there are numerous real estate sales agent designations that can be earned. Shouldn't there be required training courses for Buyer Agents to help recognize the visible major defects found in a home?
Most automobile sales people are trained on the cars they are selling. But I have met with Buyer Agents that know next to nothing about houses. Importantly, it must also be stated that I have met several accomplished Buyer Agents that are very knowledgeable in every aspect of their profession.
I suggest that the real estate industry education providers develop substantial training courses regarding home construction and the visible major flaws for its professionals. The proper designation can then separate the imposters from the genuine Buyer Agent. The professional Buyer Agent Associations should also require certain minimum education requirements to establish credibility.
The end result will increase the level of confidence in real estate Buyer Agent, in addition to saving valuable resources reviewing and inspecting homes that may never make it to closing.
Glen Fisher firstname.lastname@example.org