The Dividing Line

Home Inspector with Kelly Home Inspection

Sorry, Blog deleted due to possible legal action from filing a complaint against an agent. If filing a complaint against a person can open the door for them to come after you legally, what use is the system in place for the Real Estate Commision.

Comments (9)

Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Ben, everyone on Active Rain has to have a first blog. Congratulations. Now you can have a second, third ...

May 20, 2008 02:23 PM
Ben Kelly
Kelly Home Inspection - Dyersburg, TN

Thanks, wow, there was very fast, I was just now trying to proof read. Ha.  I also should have mentioned that I do take this as somewhat of a compliment. And I am considering ways to market it here at .

May 20, 2008 02:24 PM
Renee Busse
Tennessee Realty - Dyersburg, TN
ABR,ePRO Dyer Co. TN Real Estate

Hi Ben,

Have been waiting for your first blog. Great job! It's sad that some of the real estate agents/brokers around here are that unethical - but then again, look at the mortgage mess - maybe this "tough" market will weed some of these people out.  You have done a fine job for me in the past and I would highly recommend your services. Thanks!

May 23, 2008 05:53 AM
Ben Kelly
Kelly Home Inspection - Dyersburg, TN

The tough market has made some loose their ethics. I have taken some action and I am sure that it will stir things up in that area. We shall soon see.  Thanks for the reply, hope all is well.

May 29, 2008 07:57 AM
Rob Stiner, Realtor

It is idiots like those two that give realtors a ad name. Many of us want real inspections. I am sorry for their actions. Keep up the good work, Ben.

May 30, 2008 01:01 AM
Will Decker

I know the feeling, Ben.  Where I work (Chicago, mostly the Northshore area) there are many large, expensive houses.  I have formed good relationships with many Realtors, but there always going to be a few bad apples.

One "Million Dollar" seller / broker has complained about, many times.  In all cases, the client (I work for the client) and the buyer's agent thought my work was exceptional.

It seems that some Realtors and Brokers believe that they can totally control the transaction.  Why is that?  Why do state Realtor Associations believe that they should sit on the state Home Inspector board?  I have had some less than ethical Realtors who keep telling me that I am doing my job wrong or that I take to long (a 3,000 SF house usually takes about 2 - 3 hours) or that I should not call out certain things.  "I know for a fact that this is complient with code!", they say.  I explain that I am not a 'mere' local code inspector and that the State of Illinois HI law requires me to call things out against the current National building standards and codes, not the local codes.  If they argue, I hand them a copy of the state law.

I just simply cannot understand why these Real Estate agents and brokers feel that they are, somehow, entitled to regulate or judge my job.

I would also report this Broker to the local State's attorney.  Restraint of Trade and Contractual Interfereance is a criminal matter.  A private lawsuit whould also be good.  My lawyer, who is also my friend and one the Chicago area's top litigators, told me that if you play your cards right, you could wind up owning the Brokerage.  He advised that you not only file with the State's Attorney, but that you also sue the Brokerage (as a company) and the individual broker, personally.

If I became aware of a local Home Inspector who was acting unethically, I would not hesiate to trun him in.  His actions make all Home Inspectors look bad.  I cannot understand why local Realtors do not have this same level of concern for their industry.

Hope this helps;


May 31, 2008 10:19 AM
Jim Bushart

I came here to argue...learning of the unethical and illegal actions taken against a fellow home inspector by lowlifes who would put "closing the deal" before the needs of buying public.

Instead, I am inspired by the number of real estate salespeople who have already stepped up to the plate and condemned these actions taken by their fellow professionals. 

Your support for this inspector and your acknowledgement of this wrongdoing is very important and while I still believe that a business relationship between a home inspector and real estate salesman is an invitation to conflict of interest...I will boast of the integrity that still exists on both sides.



May 31, 2008 01:19 PM
Mark Reusch
A Major Inspection Service & Consulting - Simpsonville, SC

Kudos to all the Agents that have responded. I applaud you for your work ethics and also for your courage. It makes me continue to have faith in what you all stand for and what I believe as well. The best interest of the client. You all deserve a pat on the back and a job well done so let me be the first to tell you that we do appreciate you as well.


Warmest Regards



V.P Upstate InterNachi.

Jun 30, 2008 01:14 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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