I got the dreaded phone call

Home Inspector with AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc


 It was the buyers REA asking for the inspection report. I said no problem and then ask if she got my clients (hers too) permission to receive a copy. She said yes. I told her I would forward it to her the next day.

As I lie in bed I'm thinking why didn't the REA just ask our client to forward it to her. So I got up in the middle of the night and emailed my client asking if he gave permission to the REA. He did not respond so I called him. He was not a very happy camper with his REA and he never gave her permission. 

 The moral of the story is get confirmation from the source. 





AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc is a home inspection company doing home inspection in Miami Dade county, Broward county, and Palm Beach county. I am a certified inspector by the highest and best in the profession my grandson. See picture below. His testing is second to none and he proctors all his tests and personally checks on my CEUs. If I get lax or out of hand he will suspend my certification. It is the most prestigious and limited home inspection organization on earth. He is currently researching a certified master board certification but he thinks some guy already register it. He is in contact with a major university to start a doctoral program in home inspection.




Bob Edwards
Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc. - Appleton, WI
Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI
Yes, and have it in writing.
Mar 25, 2008 08:47 AM
Terry Rush Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Corolla, NC
And once again an agent makes the rest of us look bad!  Good save, Mitchell!
Mar 25, 2008 08:48 AM
Lisa Lambert
The Law Offices of Elisabeth A. Lambert - Fresno, CA
Esq. 1031 Exchange Expert
Excellent advice. Never take the word of an REA, especially one with whom you have never done business with in the past.
Mar 25, 2008 08:49 AM
Brian Luce
HomeStarr Realty Inc. - New Hope, PA
Associate Broker
Great Post.  Confirmation from the source is great advice.  And in writing is even better.
Mar 25, 2008 08:53 AM
Brian Luce
HomeStarr Realty Inc. - New Hope, PA
Associate Broker
Great Post.  Confirmation from the source is great advice.  And in writing is even better.
Mar 25, 2008 08:53 AM
Sharon Harris
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Hanover, PA
Wow. you just can not believe anyone any more. How sad. I guess in writing will be the way to go. Word of mouth no longer can be trusted...
Mar 25, 2008 09:39 AM
Joseph Lang
Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Home Inspector, Southern California
That is great advice Mitchell.  I have a statement that the buyer has to initial on my inspection agreement that gives me the okay to share the report.  If it's not initialed it doesn't get distributed.
Mar 25, 2008 12:08 PM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

Expect a letter from your clients Lawyer any day.


Mar 25, 2008 03:03 PM
MC2 Home Inspections
MC2 Home Inspections LLC - Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis home inspection service 317-605-3432

Ah yes they are a sneaky bunch aren't they? 

That is an excellent idea Joe, I think I am going to add that to my agreement as well.

Mar 26, 2008 02:50 AM
Debbie White
Southeast Alaska Real Estate - Juneau, AK
I Sell Alaska!

Hi, Mitchell -  Our inspectors here have the buyers sign forms with all kinds of information... I've mentioned this before.  One of those forms, with the buyer's signature, has space for the buyer to list who can receive the report.  It gives you that answer in writing... food for thought.

Mar 26, 2008 07:23 PM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
Oh come guys we aren't sneaky, just trying to get information that isn't ours. 
Apr 01, 2008 12:55 AM
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI
Fortunately here in Wisconsin, if you have an inspection and raise any issue you are required to give the report to the seller. If you don't raise an issue with the inspection the buyer is not required to give a copy to the seller.
Apr 01, 2008 01:14 AM
Bruce Pinel
S & B Services LLC - North Kingstown, RI
I email the report to my clients. If the RA's ask for a copy, I suggest that the client will email them a copy if they feel inclined.
Apr 01, 2008 10:57 PM
Carla Horne
Grand View Home Inspections, LLC. - Meredith, NH
NH licensed Home Inspector

I agree with Bruce.

once the report is paid for and given to the client it is theirs to do whatever, so put the burden on the RE

to ask them for it.

I have had the RE ask and I simply call the client and get their permission to pass it along.

follow ethics and standards and don't worry about small stuff!


Apr 03, 2008 12:48 PM