Home Inspection: Confidential
I am the listing agent and I tell the buyer's agent that I will see him at the home inspection.
He asks: Why?
I try to hide my "huh?!" reaction and state that as the listing agent I go to home inspections so that I can see first hand what the inspector is finding which will allow me to intelligently report the findings back to my client, the seller.
He states that this could be a deal breaker if I, or the seller, is at the home inspection.
I am at another home inspection and I hear the inspector talking to the buyer about the furnace. I have some first hand knowledge about recent repairs and services so I go down to see if there are any questions that I can answer.
The inspector says: "Could you give us a few moments of privacy?"
You got it, again: "huh?!"
As it turns out, unbeknownst to me, this is all related to HIPAA reporting requirements whereby the medical records of the house must be kept in strict confidence.
Who are they trying to kid? It is a home inspection and I have every right to be there. My being there is not a deal breaker. No, I do not have to give you any privacy if it relates to the home inspection.
I have no intention of getting in the way of the inspector or challenging the inspector.
Inspector: Inspect the house and put your results into a report.
Buyer's Agent: Discuss with your buyer the results and decide if you would like to have anything done.