Should Agents advice 2nd Opinion Inspections

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When sellers do inspections upfront,  what is the buyer's agent's duty.  Remember,  we are like any professional ...including doctors, tax people, car mechanics, etc, etc.  Our job is to analyze,  issue spot, discuss ramificaitons,  then advise.  We do not make decisions but rather let the client decide,  once they have all the facts.

So,  back to the point.  The seller has made disclosures and done some upfront inspections.  What are we supposed to tell the buyer.  I think we explain to them that inspectors make mistakes.  Maybe this one didn't but it happens.  If they want to be safe,  reinspect.  It is that simple.  I know if I were buying a house,  i would reinspect,  so why shouldn't the buyer.  But,  make sure you protect yourself also.  Too often in my cases,  Buyers have amnesia and forget their agent told them to get a second inspection,  so put it in writing.  Send them an email to confirm the decisin they are making ....AGAINST YOUR ADVICE.


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Comments (1)

Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate

I always advise my buyers to have an inspection, whether the seller has done one already or not.

Jul 24, 2008 12:55 PM

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