I read a post this morning written by Charita Cadenhead, and I want to respond to her thoughts regarding sellers having a home inspection prior to listing a property. Lorraine Kuney and I are listing agents, and we focus on representing the seller. I can fully understand why a buyers' agent would appreciate seeing a home inspection report on a property of interest.
However, that does not mean that the buyer will not have their own home inspection, nor does it mean that the sellers' home inspector did a fair job of inspecting!!! There are many issues that arise when a seller has a home inspection on their home.
If there is an inspection performed, full disclosure now comes into play. If the inspection results show that a roof needs replacement, will the seller hide that fact?? Will the seller replace the roof prior to listing?? Will the listing agent disclose this information in the listing??
The water starts getting mucky when the seller has a home inspection prior to listing. What if the buyers' home inspector finds a problem that was not found by the sellers' home inspector?? That certainly leaves a question of honesty on the table!!!!
If a buyer really falls in love with a property, many issues are willingly accepted by that buyer, especially if the buyer is capable of doing the repairs himself. We never know who the buyer will be on a property and what skills that buyer may have.
Listing agents represent the seller, and their sole purpose is to sell the property for the most money in the shortest period of time. Having the seller spend money unnecessarily is not an option with us, nor is creating a potential mess for the seller to handle in the future. We are listing agents, and we represent the sellers' best interest, not the buyers'. That's your job, buyers' agent!!!