Monday, May 17, 2021

Real-Estate Agent Called...

I did a home inspection yesterday for a couple in Chatham, Ontario. The couple obviously wanted to use their own home inspector and found me on the internet. In fact, when they first called, there was no one in the office and they left a message. Usually when that happens, they end up calling whoever is next on their list. I called back about a half hour later and got their answering machine. I left a message and figured that was the last I would hear from them. But, they called back about a hour later. Obviously they wanted to use me. Great. We booked the inspection for early Sunday morning.

Saturday afternoon, their real-estate agent called. He just wanted to check on a couple of things and discuss the property. I always find it interesting when this happens. He said he wanted to make sure that I was certified and was bondable, which I am to both. It also appears that the sellers don't want to negotiate on anything the home inspector might find. And, he, the real-estate agent, wouldn't be at the inspection in the morning. Apparently, he doesn't like to work on Sundays, especially when the property is out of town.

This is what I find interesting. What makes the real-estate agent feel that he needs to "look into" the home inspector that the buyers decide to use. Would he also look into their lawyer and mortgage broker? I don't think so. Obviously I wasn't his choice. He would probably prefer to use someone who would ensure the sale of the house went easy, and since the sellers don't want to negotiate, his recommended home inspector wouldn't find anything to damaging to the sale of the house. That's my opinion. Other than a support beam beginning to rot and a couple of leaky pipes, their wasn't too much else wrong with the house.

Not sure why real-estate agents feel they need to control the whole process? They should be completely detached from the home inspection. Home inspectors that make most of their income from real-estate agent referrals are naturally going to go easy on the house because if they create too many waves in the process, the referrals will dry up. The agents know that and use it to their advantage. That is why they don't ever want to use the home inspector the home buyer finds by himself. It creates uncertainty and more work.

There is a natural conflict-of-interest between real-estate agents and home inspectors. That's why I don't market to or solicit referrals from real-estate agents. I prefer that my clients know they are getting someone who is looking out for their best interests.

Seacliff Inspections
Windsor Home Inspector

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crispy said:

Monday, January 31, 2021

This is good advice for home buyers!

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