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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Reputation and experience.

Jan 29, 2018 03:34 PM
Rainmaker
167,028
Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
E*Rae Real Estate Group- Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Austin, TX
Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction

All of the above+ easy to schedule, quick turn around time on reports, and as others have mentioned ability to communicate findings in a simple to understand and non-alarming way

Jan 29, 2018 03:47 PM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I think they have to be able to explain their findings in such a manner as to not upset the seller and put the buyer in panic. Nothing worse than a minor plumbing leak turning into the flood of the century. 

Jan 29, 2018 03:19 PM
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679,564
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

They need to be tech savvy enough to email us at least a summary report with color photos. They also need to be able to take credit card payments over the phone.

Jan 29, 2018 03:18 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Attention to detail, ability to explain to client what is important and what is not.

Jan 29, 2018 03:03 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

keep the drama out of the job.... explain the facts without causing concern....

Jan 29, 2018 04:22 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Experience, professionalism, attitude.

Jan 29, 2018 03:30 PM
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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Of all the qualities, the least important is what they charge.

Good inspectors are never the cheapest...just like realtors.

Eve

 

Jan 29, 2018 03:21 PM
Rainmaker
347,875
Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Experience and personality.  My client hired an inspector on his own, which is fine, but this inspector had a bad attitude.  

Jan 29, 2018 05:26 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

For me is trust, knowledge and good referrals

Jan 29, 2018 05:21 PM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Besides their experience, thoroughness, easy to read reports with photos, people skills with the buyers, one that can fit you in when you have a rush inspection.

Jan 29, 2018 04:30 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Oh I'm sorry I thought you asked what qualities are important when looking for a broker .... 

Jan 29, 2018 04:22 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Licensed, insured, reputation, past experience with, warranty for their work... are reports generated within 24 hours and on-line for easy viewing delivery. I don't especially look at fees... they all seem to be pretty similar.

I prefer smaller inspection firms. Recently stopped using a firm where the current owner did all the inspections. He has been successful turning it into a huge company in the Carolinas.... but now there's less control over the inspectors and I had two inspections in a row that were atrocious for reasons I won't get into here. I stopped recommending them.

Jan 30, 2018 03:57 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Fred, all of those are great criteria. I would also add, how they present the defects to the buyers is important to me as well.

I don't do well with alarmists!

Jan 29, 2018 07:48 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Everything you mentioned is what I look for and advise my buyers to look for. We have many good inspectors in my area. They have been around for a very long time. My office has a list that we hand out to the buyers. There are six names on the list, and these are all people we have worked with and that are insured. 

You don't have to be licensed to be a home inspector in CO, but the state is looking at changing that. I hope they do.

Jan 29, 2018 06:20 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Competence, of course and the demeanor to discuss findings and remedies very matter of factly.

Jan 29, 2018 05:18 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Fred,

There are some great answers here.  I have nothing to add.  A

Jan 29, 2018 04:57 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Responsive. Available within 2 business days.

Knows their stuff and has invested in the tools needed for through diagnosis.

Leaves the drama at the curb.

Provides digital reports with embedded images and NO RED LETTERS....ever.and give me a heads up BEFORE delivering bad news.

Jan 29, 2018 04:26 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Their Experience in construction.

 

Jan 29, 2018 04:07 PM
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Reputation and experience is crucial for this type of service...it should never be about their fee. IMO

Jan 29, 2018 03:54 PM
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1,816,801
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Do they use a camera ???

Jan 30, 2018 07:38 AM
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691,917
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
WestUSA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

An honest home inspector that uncovers the issues but not sink the deal with technical useless mumbo jumbo and nonsense.

Jan 30, 2018 05:24 AM
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3,049,771
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM  nailed this one!

Jan 30, 2018 05:14 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Experience, attention to detail, absence of an ego to interject into the transaction, ability to effectively communicate, turn around of report time, accessibility, & a fair fee. 

Jan 30, 2018 05:11 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

For me, the most important my past experience with them, but clients look at price, reviews, etc. 

Jan 29, 2018 11:57 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I usually refer three home inspectors that I worked with in the past that I've done a good job. My client is the one who makes the choice...

Jan 29, 2018 11:07 PM
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910,377
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Fortunately I've only had 3 and #2 was former Million+ blogger Russel Ray for 12 years and then a Buffini & Company trained inspector replaced him when Russel retired.

Competence & Character. Price is what it is.

Jan 29, 2018 08:47 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I've never added anyone to my list without seeing a copy (it can be redacted of names and addresses) and see if the report is clear and comes with photos.  A great report is what gets people on my list.  Finding out they missed something major gets them permenantly on the other list.  yes, I also have a "and I recommend you don't hire this person" list 

Jan 29, 2018 07:38 PM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Knew one home inspector who no longer practices say every time we entered an older home "why wouldn't everyone start with new construction" and not deal with existing homes. In small rural areas, not everyone steps out to hire an architect and draw up the blueprints. and build from scratch. So get an inspector on existing housing stock that is not pro new construction and extra critical of current housing inventory.

Jan 29, 2018 07:02 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Small enough to fit in tight living quarters. You know many inspectors do not even crawl in the attic or crawl space anymore.  What do they do?  Little.

Jan 29, 2018 06:08 PM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I use a couple of different inspectors, depending on the type of property. The one I like best is a civil engineer. He charges a little more, but he displays the greatest amount of knowledge.  But most importantly, he doesn't scare the crap out of the buyer.

When he does the "read out", he explains to the buyer what he found, why it is important and how it needs to be addressed. 

Jan 29, 2018 06:03 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We have one that does new construction. He first sends the report to the builder for corrections and then after they are made reinspects and sends that report to the investor. It solves a lot of problems.

Jan 29, 2018 03:07 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have had many inspectors over the years, and some absolutely missed lots of things I would have thought they would inspect.    Some clients want cheaper, but explain that is what they get.    One of my inspectors has an electrical background, which is very helpful with some properties.

Feb 01, 2018 08:39 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - reputation matters the most. Relationship with the inspector, too.

What else? Can't think of anything special.

Jan 30, 2018 11:07 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I am glad I don't make the decision but only give out names of those that are reputable and licensed.

Jan 30, 2018 05:47 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Experience first, reputation second - fee in case of a tie!

Jan 30, 2018 04:46 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

All of the above Fred Griffin although I am less concerned about the price. We get what we pay for. Their knowledge that extends beyond the inspection is helpful too. 

Jan 30, 2018 12:38 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin Home inspection knowledge and the ability to pass information results to the buyer.

Jan 30, 2018 09:04 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The quality of their reports and if they call out picky ass things or not!  Some are deal killers, some are deal savers.  I use the later and reject the former.

Jan 30, 2018 09:00 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

First that they are a Certified, Registered Home Inspector... Secondly by experience and reputation..

Jan 30, 2018 08:13 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Reputation and fees would be my top choices.

Jan 30, 2018 05:59 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Experience, knowledge and if i have never used them, talking to an agent who did use them, i wont use a one on a trial and error basis

Jan 30, 2018 05:28 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

All .

Jan 30, 2018 05:26 AM