Your Realtor is not Your Home Inspector

Real Estate Agent with Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN

Your Realtor is not your home inspector, period!

So if your Realtor tells you that the roof looks fine and the foundation is strong, it may be a good opinion based on a general intelligent observation, but it is not a substitute for a home inspection.

A home inspector is another opinion, by a "hired gun" that a home buyer or seller pays, regardless of the outcome.  The home inspector is contracted to perform the inspection duty, whether or not they find anything wrong, and, there's almost always something less than perfect.

I don't appreciate home inspectors that freak out about normal things that they find in need of repair.  On the flip side, I do appreciate home inspectors that do a thorough job and educate and recommend repairs if needed.

I've had a few inspectors recommend that people walk away from a house, I don't like this either.  Why?  You cannot assume to know the motivations of either the buyer or the seller to negotiate and remedy a problem, even really big problems.  There is almost always a buyer for a property, at the right price.

While many Realtors are very observant and very educated in property inspection details and how to resolve and negotiate resolutions, Realtors must rely on other professionals for this service.  In Montana our Purchase Contracts are very specific about this:

property inspection contract language

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Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Well said! What a great post. Thank you for sharing this post.

Dec 08, 2010 10:24 AM #1
Margo Currie
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Saint Augustine Beach, FL

You're right... most of us are not home inspectors, so it's very wise not to comment on condition.

Dec 08, 2010 10:27 AM #2
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
RealtorĀ®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Wanda, good post, as a real estate agent I help guide my clients but I am not a lawyer, nor a inspector, nor a bank. but I will get you the best deal in real estate ~ happpy holiday

Dec 08, 2010 10:34 AM #3
Debbie White
Southeast Alaska Real Estate - Juneau, AK

Thank you, Wanda!  We are not licensed home inspectors.  We are not qualified or licensed to question their findings.  Show the light.

Dec 08, 2010 11:05 AM #4
Wanda Thomas
Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN - Billings, MT
Billings Montana Real Estate

Ralph- I do like the part of our contract that makes this point, and I always focus on what this means when I'm helping people with purchase agreements.

Margo- sometimes if you do make comments, they can come back to bite you, you're right.

David- Happy Holiday to you as well!

Debbie-Well, I do ask questions :)))  Is it dark up there where you are?

Dec 08, 2010 11:29 AM #5
Adam Malachi
A 2 Z Realty LLC - Castle Rock, CO

Great post! I do agree with your blog, well done!

Thanks for sharing,


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