In my area, it is expected that the buyer's agent will be present.
Some listing agents come by to see how things are going, but it's not common.
The sellers may or may not be home. I don't ask them to pack up, and move out for the several hours needed for the inspection, but I find most of them don't want to be home.
On a few occasions when the seller stayed home, it actually turned out to be a good thing. Once, the inspector didn't know how to turn on the garbage disposal, and thought it was broken - fortunately, the seller showed him what to do (all home inspectors are NOT created equal!).
On another occasion, the seller was able to explain some other items that were found during the inspection. All of the above, of course, would have been handled and cleared up after the inspection, had the sellers not been home. Most choose to leave, and that's what I advise them to do.
Have a great day!
Prudential NJ Properties
Its good to see your smiling face again.
As for home inspections, as a buyer's agent I always encourage my buyers to attend. I usually have to be there as well to let the inspectors into the property. However a NY RE broker I used to work with does not attend the inspections herself since she feels she would be vicariously liable, which makes sense but I usually always attend just to be apprised of any of the results.
Having the seller there can be helpful if there are questions about the plumbing, electrical, well/septic systems, etc. that are not readily ascertainable. As a listing agent though, I usually do not encourage my sellers to be present.
I'd love to hear from you anytime, and wish you well in the meantime.
Jancy Frost, Realtor
Florida Gulf Coast Property Group
In regard to "not being there due to disclosure"............it isn't the responsibility of the agent to paraphrase what the inspector finds - the inspector is being paid to perform a service - presumably he will be provding a written report to the buyers, with all details included.
Especially if the buyer isn't present, I need to be there as a courtesy to the owner, and to "babysit" the house while the inspection is taking place.
I think the Seller should leave the premises, which means that at least one of the agents should be there, and it probably shouldn't be the listing one.
Hope that helps,