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By Mark McCaffrey | Home Inspector in Wilmette, IL

Real Estate Agents Referring Home Inspections

Over the last few years many alleged real estate experts have written articles, blogs, posted websites etc... to discourage home buyers from using home inspectors referred by real estate agents. The alleged theory being that the agent will refer a crappy or worse dishonest inspector so that the sale will go through easier w/o a thorough inspection.

People hire a real estate agent for two reasons: to gain insight into the local real estate market and to guide them through the complexities of the home buying process including securing a mortgage, getting an appraisal, securing title insurance, the attorney review of documents and scheduling a home inspection. Most home buyers probably don't have these people lined-up and they rely on the real estate agent to refer professional and competent attorneys or mortgage brokers or home inspectors. My experience as a home inspector is that the great majority of real estate agents want you to do a good job for their client and will refer you based on competence and honesty.


By Lisa and Goran Forss (Broker),  Fri Jan 21 2011, 09:01
Couldn't agree more. Our clients always ask for good home inspectors. We refer them 2-3 reputable ones and they have their clients interest at heart.
By Laura Giannotta,  Sat Jan 22 2011, 08:37
I can't imagine a home inspector risking reputation and license for anyone!
By 12345,  Wed Aug 10 2011, 06:05
why is the inspection so important?
By Timothy M. Garrity,  Wed Aug 10 2011, 06:23
I could not agree more, but it's still better to let the buyer choose on their own due to potential legal ramifications.

Your best bet is to refer them to the HI organizations (NAHI, ASHI, etc.), and then let your client choose the actual inspector.

You are still helping, but not directing. Just an opinion.

By MC2 Home Inspections,  Fri Nov 23 2012, 05:38
As a home inspector here in the midwest I can tell you with hesitation that there are MANY home inspectors and real estate agents that are in cahoots with one another. I have literally been asked during a home inspection to not find anything major. While you and many others may be competent and honest, there are just as many who are not. Home buyers need to practice their due dilligence and find a completely independent 3rd party inspector who has no interest in the sale of the home. If the inspector is recommended by the agent, there is ALWAYS the chance of funny business, why should home buyers take that chance?

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