Yes is the answer; it simply depends on your perspective. If you truly have the home, the neigborhood or the clients best in mind then a home inspector is your friend. Take a simple test; What is defective or broken in a home that you don't want the buyer to know about? If there is an item that you can come up with, then you fail the test. To avoid liability as a real estate agent you want your client to know everything they possibly can about the home before the purchase. If your client is looking to someone else (the home inspector) to provide them with information about the properties condition, then your liability is almost entirely removed. Certainly the focus is no longer on you.
After fifteen years as a home inspector with well over 5000 inspections performed I have almost a perfect record of home buyers that are happy with me and think of me as their friend. On the other hand, with real estate agents I find the pecentage to be about 40/60. 40 percent view me as a resource and as a ligitimate asset to their professionalism and 60 percent think of me as a problem causer to be avoided if possible. But wait; we have the same clients, why would the percentages be different? If the purchaser is happy with the home inspector, why isint the real estate agent?
A home inspector should only be your enemy if your client is your enemy as well.
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