My thanks to my home inspector

Real Estate Agent with The Virtual Real Estate Team 104556

Jim Brumback has been my go to home inspector for the last 14 years and at time you think of relationships like this as a marriage. Jim came to me because he knew I was selling a lot of new homes to California investors and had recently been licensed in Oklahoma for home inspections. He asked me to lunch to see if he could solicit my business and explained that he was a long time commercial banker who got tired of the business and had gotten ASHI certified. Jim seemed level headed and detailed and I liked the baking background thinking that he could understand the money at stake when home inspections go crazy and boy does that happen too much.

Jim had also gotten attached to a national company and the thought of getting a professionally type report with detailed pictures appealed to me. Jim turned out to be excellent to work with and our relationship has continued to this day. What is great about Jim is that investors out of California buying new homes in Oklahoma City do not always understand that even when new, new homes are built by human beings subject to error. On the other side of this equation my builders who a lot of business with us want confidence from the investor so Jim sends the initial report to the builder for what needs to be fixed, then the builder can do repairs and then Jim comes back to certify that all work is done.

Jim also has to deal with investors over the phone and I have to say he is about the calmest person I know because some of these folks are pretty demanding and his constant soft voice never gets the person on the other end of the line the excuse to raise their voice in anger. Inspections are often the bane of a real estate transaction working out so when you find a gem like Jim you so much appreciate his professionalism not only in the inspection but in his gentle handling of the client. My life is much easier because of it.




Comments (13)

Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Joe Pryor What a wonderful shout-out for Jim!  And you are so right with "inspections are often the bane of a real estate transaction"  as we have all been on the wrong side of a bad inspection!   But when we have great professionals as part of our team, it does make our life easier!

Jan 30, 2019 03:37 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Joe Pryor Love the way you have given kudos to  Jim Brumback... So terrific to find a gem like Jim to make your life easier.

Thanks for entering January Kudo Challenge.


Jan 30, 2019 03:44 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

A good home inspector is worth their weight in gold.  I remember when they first came on the scene back in the mid 1980s here in Sacramento.  Many agents thought they would be deal killers.  But, instead, full disclosure not only kept buyers safe, it kept sellers safe as well.

Jan 30, 2019 03:52 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Joe, your home inspector Jim is providing an excellent service to the new home buyers - with the extra step, to send the report to the builder and follow-up on repairs. I can see why you have used his services for 14 years.

Jan 30, 2019 04:52 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Joe Pryor ,

Your inspector sounds like a gem and deserves the excellent shout out! I agree with Myrl Jeffcoat :"A good home inspector is worth their weight in gold!" I have found two inspectors I always recommend. They both do a great job and definitely make my life easier!

Jan 30, 2019 05:29 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

So this is what home inspectors are doing wrong in California. We agents don't get invited to lunch, all they offer is a cup of coffee, and quite frankly, one cup of coffee in the morning is enough!

Jan 30, 2019 08:58 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning Joe.

Having confidence in those you recommend, sure makes the process go easier.  

Jan 31, 2019 01:10 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful shoutout to Jim. I like that you gave him a shot when he explained his services way back when, and I like that he was a go-getter and set up meetings with real estate agents. That was a great idea.

Jan 31, 2019 03:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Joe... there is nothing like having a good home inspector in your "back pocket." Jim sounds like a keeper for many reasons.

Jan 31, 2019 05:02 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

He definitely sounds like an inspector to hold onto, I am glad that you both have a great working relationship!

Jan 31, 2019 06:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an excellent recommendation to share with real estate professionals in your area.

Jan 31, 2019 02:28 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joe, you are so right I had the same home inspector team for the past 20 years and I trust them as family, they did my own home when we purchased it...Endre

Jan 31, 2019 11:53 PM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

It is always to encouraging to see one person lifting someone else up.  He sounds like a great guy and very patient.  Thanks for sharing!

Feb 04, 2019 08:03 AM