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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    Inspectors must be licensed in Florida.  

    I don't like to recommend anyone, including lawn mowing services or handymen, unless they have the required license, and are insured.   Somebody could sue me if they weren't happy with the service.

Jun 14, 2017 01:38 PM
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Home inspectors are not licensed in CA, as far as I know.

Jun 14, 2017 02:31 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

They are not licensed in CA.

They are certified, it's a big misconception.

Jun 14, 2017 03:05 PM
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Mimi Foster
FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

So interesting. Our home inspectors are not licensed in CO.

Jun 14, 2017 02:36 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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As with most professions, just because the govt licenses it, does not make it better, just more expensive.

 

Jun 14, 2017 01:56 PM
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Theo Shaw
Baird & Warner Residential Real Estate - Evanston, IL
Serving Evanston, IL & Beyond

I once found that the buyers of my listing were using an inspector whose license had lapsed.  (Yes, I do check to see that the inspector is licensed.)  Since our IL contract requires inspection by a licensed inspector, the fact that the inspector was not currently licensed would have given my seller justification to deny any requests based on the inspection.  Fortunately, there were no major requests, and the deal went smoothly. 

Jun 14, 2017 06:45 PM
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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our contracts require an inspection by a licensed professional inspector... but I don't believe that agents are held liable for recommending non-licensed inspectors.  At least, not yet.

Jun 14, 2017 02:30 PM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Interesting. Home inspectors in California are not licensed! However, the good ones do belong to an association, much like a REALTOR.

Jun 14, 2017 04:58 PM
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Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
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In CA home inspectors are not licensed...but wish there was licensing or some control.  

Jun 14, 2017 04:51 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No, but the seller is not obligated to do any repairs.

Jun 14, 2017 02:45 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Jeff,

We have always recommended pros.

Jun 14, 2017 02:38 PM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

I believe all inspectors in NC must be licensed. I can't imagine an agent stupid enough to track one down who is not properly licensed, bonded, and insured per state regs.

Jun 14, 2017 01:58 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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we always recommend a licensed inspector but we do not have a law, as far as I know...

Jun 14, 2017 01:50 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Home inspectors must be licensed in Georgia.

Jun 15, 2017 11:59 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Interesting.   California does not license home inspectors.  

Jun 15, 2017 03:47 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

No licensing here in Idaho. -Kasey

Jun 14, 2017 09:18 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I've never heard about such here in CA. But we probably have a disclosure about that, since we have thousands of forms for any case if such law will come to CA. 

Jun 14, 2017 08:57 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Agents are accountable for all ommission and comission acts 

Jun 14, 2017 05:25 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The buyer can do whatever they want.

Attorneys can hold accountable ANYBODY as long as somebody else is paying for their time.

When someone is looking for others to blame, don't place a great deal of confidence such requirements will be a defense. In Florida licenses are a profit center NOT an assurance of quality service for the consumer. ANd the state will not be denied their money.

Jun 14, 2017 02:31 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Buyers have the right to waive their home inspection, have an "alternative home inspection," or have a "professional" home inspection. We never recommend anyone but professional home inspectors.

Jun 14, 2017 02:25 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Our RPC has a clause in it that instructs the buyer to consult with qualified, licensed professionals when conducting due diligence. We do not recommend anyone! We provide local contacts and advise buyer to see what else is out there as well. No law tells us to, or not to.

Jun 14, 2017 02:21 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

PA does not require home inspectors to be licensed but they must member of national home inspection association.

Jun 14, 2017 02:13 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Here in NH, inspectors are not licensed, so there is a whole other level of risk.

Jun 14, 2017 01:38 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Contractor law in Florida puts the hiring party liable for a $5000 State fine for this violation.

Jun 17, 2017 07:35 AM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, I did read someone's post about your recent licensing.  We still do not have this in Colorado.

Jun 17, 2017 06:10 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
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always recommend a licensed inspector

Jun 15, 2017 04:23 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Not licensed out here.  Buyer can hire whom ever they want, even their buddy.

Jun 15, 2017 02:11 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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We still do not have home inspectores licensed in Colo Yet.  Stupid.

 

Jun 15, 2017 08:41 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

Home inspectors are not licensed in my state - California. 

Jun 15, 2017 07:54 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff Pearl I think it is much needed.

Jun 15, 2017 07:15 AM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Julia & Associates - Johns Creek, GA
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No, we do not have a law on the books to hold the agent liable.  But, we do have a law that all home inspectors must be licensed.

Jun 15, 2017 06:54 AM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Corpus Christi, TX
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

I don't think so, but I usually recommend ones they are licensed by TREC(Texas Real Estate Commission)

Jun 15, 2017 06:25 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

License required here for many years...

Jun 15, 2017 05:30 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't think so.  But, not sure.

Jun 15, 2017 05:27 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
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We have licensed inspectors here

Jun 15, 2017 05:21 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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The licensed inspector issue is covered in our contract.

Jun 15, 2017 05:09 AM
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Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
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Jeff Pearl - I think this is a good rule.

Jun 14, 2017 10:38 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I don't think so, but i  an see the reaons for it

Jun 14, 2017 09:45 PM
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Melissa Jackson
United Country Real Estate FW - Fort Worth, TX
REALTOR® Matching Buyers & Sellers

I always suggest my buyer to get licensed inspector. If they wish, the buyer can sign a document and not get an inspection at all.  

Jun 14, 2017 08:53 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

In NC & SC inspectors we recommend must be licensed. If the buyer brings their own, unlicensed inspector (typically a family member), I have them sign a waiver, Jeff Pearl.

Jun 14, 2017 08:49 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I think it is a good thing, I had a man buy my house in Florida and he did his own home inspection.  He did a lot of nit picking.

Jun 14, 2017 08:13 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Home inpsectors in TN must be licensed so we only recommend those that have licenses.

Jun 14, 2017 07:03 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Not aware of such a law in CT. It is not mandatory to use an inspector ( some buyers choose to waive that option), or use uncle Joe, who "knows this stuff" to take a look,  but anyone calling himself an inspector must be licensed. 

Jun 14, 2017 05:52 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Only recommend licensed inspectors and provide 3 or more choices

Jun 14, 2017 05:42 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not like to recommend inspectors.

Jun 14, 2017 04:41 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Jeff Pearl 

According to government source we had a home inspector who's license expired last Dec who got killed for playing fire at Rep. Steve Scalise near VA.

Jun 14, 2017 04:05 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

We have that here in IL I believe for years now. I have never had a buyer pick one yet that wasn't licensed. 

Jun 14, 2017 03:35 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thanks for sharing this information.

Jun 14, 2017 03:33 PM