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How important is it for the listing and selling broker to be at an inspection? What if the listing broker isn't there. Does it make a difference?

Asked by Remy, , Wed Jul 6, 2011

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Marie Souza Team’s answer
Remy - Gerard's answer below is spot on! Although some Seller's Agent are present, it really is a chance for the Buyer to inspect the property.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 7, 2011
Listing agent never needs to be at an inspection, an inspection is a buyer's right and it would be the buyer and the buyer's agent that would want to be present at that since this is their discovery of facts about the property!
Seller's agent need never be there for that and would have no ability to do anything anyhow at this part of the sale!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 7, 2011

With home inspections, one can never tell what is going to be encountered. For this reason, it is our recommendation that agents representing both the buyer and seller be present during the inspection process.

It allows access to immediate and accurate information as well as an opportunity to have questions answered and simple is a matter of good representation.

Hope this is helpful.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 7, 2011
The key question is who pays for the inspection? In my area, sellers may have an inspection report ready at the listing, but it's more typical for the buyers to conduct their own inspection. In that case, the selling agents should be there. If any issue is found during the inspection, those will become the cause for negotiation and possible reason for the buyer to back out of the deal. The selling agent should be on top of any possible cause of fall out.

Of course if the sellers are paying for inspection, the listing agents should be there. In any case, it's unusual for both listing agents and selling agents to be present together.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 7, 2011
Somebody should be there!

Regional customs vary. Here in Seattle, it's the buyer, the inspector, and the selling agent - everybody else, shoo, fly!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 6, 2011
Is this an inspection that has been paid for by the seller? There wouldn't be any need for the listing agent to be present for the inspection in this situation. While it's nice for the sellers agent to be present, it's not required. However I personally show up at all my buyers inspections to ensure that any questions the buyer has gets answered and any issues that are uncovered are explained clearly to the buyer. Some inspectors will either gloss over or magnify issues and it's best to handle them at the time of inspection.
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