My first few Real Estate transactions involved out of the country buyers who traveled in and out of the U.S. quite a bit. I set up all of the inspections and appraisals.
I met everyone at the home, had some small talk and once in awhile followed them around just to see what they were doing. I tried to stay out of their way and never felt as though I was interfering with their job.
Because I have been used to doing it that way, now even with buyers that can set up and show up- I still feel like I want to be there. I have heard agents say it is a liability for us to be there. I guess I really don't understand how supporting my buyers and showing interest in every bit of their transaction is a liability.
I mean the guy doing the appraisal is taking his job and license just a serious as I do, so by me talking to him, would that really sway what monetary value he puts on the house? Would he really sign his name to something "just trying to help me out"?
I have used the same few home inspectors also. We are on a first name basis and I know they do a good job. Do I expect him to find extra things wrong? No. Do I expect him to overlook something so the deal will go through? No. So what is the harm in getting to know your local inspectors and appraisers and being there while they are doing there job?
I feel as though my buyers need someone to walk them through all of this. There are a lot of things going on and I don't want them to feel for one minute that I am just throwing them to be on their own.
I am sure there are plenty of comments coming my way to explain the "why you shouldn't be there" and maybe I will learn something I was not aware of, but, I see having a close relationship with everyone involved can only show your buyers how committed you are to helping them every step of the way.