Depending on your local MLS board, this may be a violation of the rules & regs or code of ethics. If the agent can not attend, they have a duty to have another agent in their office be there
More & more it seems we see some lazy agents lacking in common sense & professionalism pactice real estate their way without regard to the public & other Realtors.
The agent below is correct as the inspection is done by a licensed inspector in MA, but I would sit down with my agent and find out what is going on. If I cannot make an inspection for my buyer client I make sure to send a representative. It is not as critical for the selling agent, but I feel the buyer broker should be there, but ultimately it does not effect their pay check. Best
However, this is a questions that all Buyers should be asking their Agent.
Will they will be attending the home inspection and if this is part of their business practice?
A good Agent will be answering, YES!
I personally, always attend. I think it's part of what we get paid to do. We are supposed to be representing our clients best interest.
I understand however, there are times when we can have emergency conflicts that have to be remedied and you can't be in 2 places at once.
The more important question is did your agent review the inspection report with you. Did he/she give you any direction or recommendations as to how to proceed and what needed to be addressed based on the inpection.
If they did not then you may have recourse depending on what you signed with your buyer agent and the expectations you both had agreed to.
I do not know if you are asking a legal question,t hen you need to ask an attorney in your state. If you request the agent to be there I am sure the agent will be there.I go for inspections even if I am the listing agent so that I can tell the sellers about the inspection.
There are two different topics in your question, representation and commission. Buyer agent doesn't need to be there to get paid. BUT!, my concern is that how could a buyer agent will be able to represent a buyer, if he is not there during the inspection. There will be things buyer will need the seller to fix and repair, right? More eyes are better at inspection, even you think the inspector is the expert, but your concern is the most important. If you really want you agent to be there make sure you ask him to be there, tell him how you feel, that it is important to you to have a buyer agent there.
As a buyer's agent you are doing your client a disservice by not being at the inspection or have someone in your office you trust covering you at the inspection if you can't be there. As a buyer's agent I believe it is your duty to be there and guide your client through the process.
Also, who is responsible for letting the home inspector in with the buyers and who is responsible for the security of the house? I think it is presumptive that the listing agent should do your work for you.
I've had buyer's agents who have "earned" their commission simply by introducing their client to the house, and then disappearing for the balance of the transaction. Clearly, that's not optimal, but unfortunately, it's possible.
the inspection as of yet I would let your agent know that you would like them to attend. Conflicts
of an agents time do happen so if it is important to you that they be there you'll need to communicate
this to them and possibly look at rescheduling a better time so that it works for all parties.
Best of luck to you!