It sounds like your Buyer Agent might be a part time real estate agent with a full time job outside the industry. Is this the first time he hasn't been available during the week? it's not the best alternative, but perhaps he could have one of his associates at the agency cover for him.
Your response raises a couple of things. Number one, you have an agreement with the agency and not the specific agent. You can call the Designated Broker and request another agent from the office. Secondly, if you are buying a short sale, has your offer been approved by the lien holder? I hope you're not doing inspections before that. Buying a short sale is not for the faint of heart.
best of luck!
It is true that a building inpection should be done during daylight hours for the benefit of visability for the inspector and the convenience of the homeowner. There are times the agent is not available when the inspectors are available. I usually tell my buyer clients to go ahead and schedule at a time that is convenient for both you and the inspector and if I can be there I will but it is more importnat for you to be there. If you are using a professional inspoector there shouldn't be any problem with the home owner but if they are still uncomfortable having you and the inspector there for that amout of time without an agent, perhaps your agent could send a proxy or the selling agent could be there (although I do not recommend that).
Obviously this is a time sensitive issue and you only have so many days to complete your investigations, get the results AND negotiate any issues with the seller. Your buyer agent should either make him/her self available, send a proxy, or make arrangements for you to go without the agent.
Linda Gardiner, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Town & County
It sounds like your agent has another job. I always attend the inspection with my buyer as part of my service. I would discuss this further with your agent and see what your agent is willing to do to accommodate your schedule and the inspector 's schedule.
And incidentally, you definitely want to attend the inspection - I insist that my buyers attend. You will learn so much about the workings of the home you are purchasing.
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Since your agent emailed you back then you should go back and ask why they cant do it before 7 p.m.
Also clearly this time of the year, it does stay bright long after 8.00 p.m. or it could be that the agent is holding down several jobs to make ends meet.
When you interviewed your Buyers Agent did you check whether he was full or part time? Did he have a support staff that could fill in for him. Sometimes agents have Office Handlers, who will Open Doors and help the Inspectors in and Coordinate files. Ask your Agent if he can send over a Coordinator during regular
Let us know how it goes, Good luck.
I have never done an inspection at 7pm. I don't know inspectors who do inspections at 7pm. I do not live in Maine, but I am licensed in multiple states, and my experience spans both geography and years.
While it may be possible to conclude the exterior portion of the inspection during daylight hours, I find the introduction of this time slot to indicative of a part time agent. If that is the case, then the "part time" agent is expecting others to accommodate his ability to maintain his full time job.
While it is not always possible to accommodate a buyer's first choice for a time slot when scheduling a home inspection, fitting it in "around a full time job" seems to place the buyer's needs too low on the priority list. Additionally, such expectation imposes upon the schedules of inspectors, seller's, and seller's agents.
Perhaps this really is a full time agent who had a full schedule and was offering evening hours as an alternative to delay.
Either way, I would hold ground for a daylight inspection and avoid any risk of compromises in the thoroughness or results of the inspection. If the buyer agent cannot ever accommodate during daylight hours, he needs to find another agent to step in and assist.
It can be pitch dark outside during the interior inspection... that does not matter.
Other things may come into play as well... depending on what is being done for inspection/testing services... but this time of year... 7 PM would not be a problem.
Best of luck to you!