A MA Real Estate Broker or Salesperson can only recommend a home inspector when they have a signed exclusive buyer's agent agreement with the buyer. Without that signed agreement, the agent is not obligated to represent your interest. See the web reference link for official information.
The home purchase process is very emotional. I recommend you find a buyer agent you trust and sign the agreement as an exclusive buyer's agent.
Home inspector presentation styles vary for the same technical information. An experience buyer's agent has worked with many home inspectors and can provide valuable insight to their presentation style.
For example, an exterior electrical receptacle does not have a weather proof cover.
One inspector may not mention anything as long as the polarity and GFCI protection is correct.
Another inspector may alert this as a safety hazard due to the change in building practices and risk of shock/fire.
Another inspector may simply recommend repair/replacement without a safety hazard concern.
Each of these may be interpreted as meeting the MA Home Inspector Standards of Practice.
My recommendation is to perform an internet search and select a few inspectors for a phone interview. Discuss a concern you might have about the home. The exterior electric receptacle is one of many possible concerns. Select the inspector that communicates the significance of the concern in a manner that makes sense to you.
If you need additional help, feel free to contact me. I also provide MA Home Inspector training.
You received some great answers below. I know you are looking for outside referrals but I have to encourage you to trust your agent's recommendations. The reason I say this is....if you trusted your agent enough to want to work with him or her in finding your new HOME, I would think your agent has trusted vendors who will serve as extensions to his or her services. If you can't trust your agent's recommendations, you can't trust your agent.
The State of Massachusetts has a licensed list of Home Inspectors for you to choose from:
Your next best option is to ask a friend, family member & your agent should be giving you a minimum of three Home Inspector referrals.
Best of Luck & Let me know if I can be of further assistance to you!
Joyce Kelley, Realtor - 508-277-9653 (Direct)
Also here is a search from the Association of Home Inspectors, ASHI. http://www.ashi.org/find/default.aspx
If you have an agent, they should be able to make a suggestion. If not, you could try speaking with neighbors or local contractors or service people. Good luck!