Home inspectors and Realtors are both trained professionals. Each would be considered "experts" in their respective fields. Home inspectors should not be giving real estate advice and Realtors should not be dispensing home inspection opinions. Yet once again I have had Realtors, behind my back in this case, completely disagree with my findings. To top it off they have also questioned my competence and knowledge.
These agents (a two woman team) are acting in a dual agent capacity. My-our clients are savvy buyers, with much experience in buying and selling homes. After the inspection the buyers contacted the agents about a major concern uncovered during the home inspection. The agents basically told the buyers that the inspector (me) was not from the area and not familiar with the building practices and architecture of the city.
Well to put this in geographic perspective my office is two towns away and I have most certainly inspected in the area, in fact two streets away from this house. Not that any of this is relative to the home inspection or my abilities.
My clients related their conversation with the agents to me and were concerned about an appointment with a contractor the agents recommended to further evaluate the problem. The buyers stated that they had told the agents they were not inspectors and how could they dispute my findings. Further, the fact that I was not located in the city had nothing to do with my abilities or my discoveries.
My clients had initially been leery of these agents, but now their confidence was completely eroded. These agents had now effectively poisoned their tenuous relationship with the buyers and no doubt will never receive referrals in the future from "our" clients.
The lesson here is to respect the home inspectors' territory and vice versa. All the players in the real estate process have their roles to perform. We as professionals need to remember our areas of expertise and not step over the line into another professional's area.
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