Russel Ray tells of one of those agents, one who would throw their ethics, integrity, and their client under a bus for convenience and profit.
The agent's attitude exemplifies a standard complaint of consumers who think all agents do not want good home inspections, that agents only care about closing a deal no matter who gets hurt.
My comment to Russel:
Call her broker. Agents that stupid need to move onto their true life's work, and it ain't real estate agency. And the client had such faith in you, you SHOULD have immediately informed the client.
That agent has done more than err in estimating your function. That agent has no clue as to HER function.
I think I might be the only home inspector who is willing to work on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, etc. My reasoning is that not everyone celebrates the various holidays, and who am I to argue with their reasons for not doing so? The opportunity to make money while I am still physically and mentally fit (and that might be questionable -- LOL) drives me on because there will come a point where I can't work, and the last thing I want is to be a drain on the economy by living off of the public dole.
So I did an inspection yesterday afternoon about thirty miles northwest of me. My buying Client had found me on the Internet, including having read some of my ActiveRain blogs posts, and had called me back before Christmas to set up the inspection for New Year's Day.
When I got there yesterday, my Client signed all my paperwork and then told me that his agent was paying for the home inspection. I never have a problem with that although some home inspectors do. My Client took off to walk around the house while his agent wrote out a check to me. As she handed me the check, she announced, "Since I'm paying for this, I need you to help me make sure everything goes through."
Caught me totally off guard. That's never before been a condition of accepting payment from a Realtor. I'm averaging one request of this type for each year in business, but the last request of this nature that I got was on February 8, 2008, by email no less.
I politely told her that "making sure everything goes through" is not my job as a home inspector, that she might be confused about my profession.
"Oh, no, I'm not confused, but I need people who are willing to be part of a team and not create issues."
Not willing to get into a heated debate with her and determining that nothing good would come of it at that specific time, I asked her if she would like to discuss the issue with me and my Client. She declined (duh!) but notified me that she remembers those people who are helpful.
I just finished looking at her web site, and she has been an agent for a long time, but I've never heard of her before, never done business with her before, and look forward to not doing business with her again.
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