Relationship with Realtors

Home Inspector with Coastal Home Inspections

This topic can be very touchy if taken the wrong way.  Through my years of inspecting, I have met and worked with MANY wonderful agents.  The reason for this post is because I was asked today to take it easy on a house with my inspection.  This is the first time that I had worked with this agent.  She proceeded to tell me how many listings she had and how much more business she could throw my way.  This really makes me wonder, how many inspectors that are in need of business, are giving in under these circumstances.  I could see how one may think that he has this agent on his side after giving in for this inspection.  I politely told her that I understand that she probably needed the sell, but, I am here for the clients best interest, which is to let them know ALL of the facts about the house they were looking at.  She seemed somewhat disgruntled and realized that I was not going to give in to her request.  She started back tracking and telling me that she was not looking for me to not do a thorough inspection. 

Does this really go on and I am just oblivious to the situation or was this a common occurrence?

Comments (5)

Bill Ladewig - Escondido, CA
Experience Is Your Advantage

Hi Cody, occasionally all service providers are asked to just do this one little unethical or illegal favor.  I sure once in a while a few buckle to the pressure but most providers do not. 

Aug 27, 2009 10:03 AM
Bill, I would tend to agree with you. I just really did not know how to respond to her.
Aug 27, 2009 10:15 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Congratulations your post is being featured in the All About Houston...And You! Group. 

Aug 30, 2009 05:20 PM
Jeremy Williams
Red Hawk Coaching - Kingwood, TX
Business Coach, Husband, Father, and Dog Wrangler


Great post.  There are just some Realtors that are either unethical intentionally or misguided. Doing the right thing is key for all parties. 

Jeremy Williams
Keller Williams Realty NE
Kingwood, TX



Sep 24, 2009 03:29 PM

Yup, it happens everywhere.  A friend of mine learned a year after her purchase from another party that the home inspector withheld the worst info about the place she was interested in at the request of the realtor.  She got stung very badly and is still paying the price trying to correct the problem areas before she sells.

Good for you for not allowing anyone to persuade you to compromise your principles.  In the end, our good name cannot be salvaged if we sell out.

Sep 28, 2009 02:35 PM