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Old 03-30-2018, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Athol, Idaho
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Originally Posted by MikeJaquish View Post
I have never claimed to be "directing an inspection."

I look at houses.
I see stuff. It's not all that hard.
Pointing something out during a showing is different than doing so at an inspection.
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Pointing something out during a showing is different than doing so at an inspection.
Not at all. The materiality of the item is unchanged, and my fiduciary responsibilities demand that I disclose what I discover.
Fundamental, legally and ethically.

So, you would withhold information rather than share.
I would not.
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Boots.... I don't understand what you're afraid of pointing things out during inspection. We spend a LOT more time at an inspection than any showing. 3 hours or more. Probably the longest time we will spend in and around the house prior to close. We are bound to notice a lot of things we did not notice during showings. I ask about any of it I think the client needs to know.... good and bad. I can't imagine NOT.
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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Good agents choose good inspectors! It is in EVERYONE'S best interest! In my opinion if you can't trust the recommendation of your agent, you have the wrong agent! I've been an inspector for more than 20 years and was an engineer and builder prior in a prior life. I can say that I have never seen ANY evidence of an inspector in "cahoots" with a real estate agent. Think about it......there is far too much liability. How long would an inspector last if he "soft shoes" a significant issue to make a deal work? He/she would be sued in a "NY" minute!
There are good inspectors, there are bad inspectors and plenty that are somewhere between. A good agent recommends a good inspector.
By the way, in my opinion, most inspectors have no issue with an agent (or client) telling them about something they have observed. That, in no way, means the agent is "directing" the inspector!
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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The first thing I ask my client and their agent is if they have seen anything they’re specifically concerned with or had seen. Why not take advantage of an extra set of eyes that’s been there. Though for sure, in my area right now, they’ve definitely not been in the house very long before. People are seeing houses for 15 minutes and putting in an offer.
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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The first thing I ask my client and their agent is if they have seen anything they’re specifically concerned with or had seen. Why not take advantage of an extra set of eyes that’s been there. Though for sure, in my area right now, they’ve definitely not been in the house very long before. People are seeing houses for 15 minutes and putting in an offer.
That is certainly the case!
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:16 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Inspections, we don't need no inspections. Just save your money and trust the sellers disclosed all the problems.
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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So to sum this thread up, the recommendations are usually as good as the agent. Some agents have higher standards and more experience than others.

For Boots and JB, I have flipped houses. I have observed hundreds, maybe over 1000 of various kinds of inspections. I've negotiated hundreds of repair addendums. I'm not an inspector but I know what they look for and how to identify many visible issues because of that experience. I'm not a contractor but I know how to fix things and how much it should cost. I always point out issues I see that can be red flags or that I know will come up inspections. I talk about repair cost and renovation expenses. That's why people hire me and that's why they trust me. I even advise buyers of what they should ask for to be repaired at a minimum! I don't understand why someone would withhold that info or why others would expect an agent to withhold that info. I'm not ashamed to say I'm an expert. But hey, if a consumer want "just an agent", there are plenty of those out there.
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Old 03-30-2018, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I'm just glad I didn't respond immediately to the inanity of the first post; instead, I had a hunch a screed wouldn't be far behind.
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Old 03-30-2018, 09:19 PM
 
Location: northern va
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The reality is that people don't like to be told who or what they should or should not be responding to. Mike tried his campaign and it was fruitless and backfired against him. Yours is too. The people have spoken and they will respond or not as they wish. Not as they are told. No more apologies for responding. No more "I don't normally respond but...". No more living in fear of breaking someone's boycott. The people will speak as they wish.
get help
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