REBLOG OF RUSSEL RAY'S POST: You obviously are confused about my job and the role of home inspectors!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Arts NC Broker License #235526

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.


My owner is a home inspector in San Diego, CaliforniaI 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.

San Diego, CaliforniaWhen 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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Mandy Buchholz
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Murfreesboro, TN

Thank you Mike for being a reputable inspector, I am floored that agent like that are still in business. This type of person always makes my blood boil. I have to believe they will get what is due them in the end.

Jan 02, 2010 01:08 AM #1
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Well, Mandy, Thanks!

Actually I hope I am perceived to be a reputable Realtor...

Jan 02, 2010 01:13 AM #2
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

GOOD AFTERNOON MIKE!  I too made a comment on Russel's post - agents like this just make it an uphill battle at times for the rest of us that have ethics and honestly care about people! --Gabrielle

Jan 02, 2010 07:20 AM #3
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


I found his post dismaying, to say the least. 

Jan 02, 2010 09:05 AM #4
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


Is Russel sure that the agent is a REALTOR?  I find that term used rather generically here.  But whether they are or not, the ethics SHOULD be the same.  AND they should NOT be what is indicated here.  How could an agent think these words, let alone voice them???

Jan 02, 2010 10:32 AM #5
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


A good question for Russel.  Regardless, I think this type of smarmy attitude would be a violation of the fiduciary role a licensed agent would be expected to fulfill in North Carolina.

Jan 02, 2010 10:35 AM #6
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