Mmeovary, Home Buyer in Hollywood, CA

Is there anyway to access previous professional home inspections performed on a home for sale?

Asked by Mmeovary, Hollywood, CA Mon Jun 17, 2013

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Irina Karan, Agent, Aventura, FL
Thu Aug 15, 2013
This could be done, if the seller agrees to release this info or your agent could work with his/her counterpart (the listing agent) and get this for you. It would be sellers/agents voluntary option, not a requirement.

The seller and the listing agent are supposed to disclose issues that could effect the value of the property though.

Hope this helps,

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Wed Jun 26, 2013
Home inspections are considered the personal property of the individual that paid for the contracted services. They share this information with only those the wish to.

With this said, if a home inspection turns up an issue of great concern: termites, mold, asbestos, leaking roof, etc. and the seller has been made aware of these issues, it is the responsibility of the seller/agent to disclose this information to future buyers.

Good luck,

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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Wed Jun 26, 2013
A second hand inspection report.
What could go wrong with a used inspection report?
Who pays for this gatthering activity? (My time and their time is worth something)
Who will be blamed for the predictable omissions?
What if the report was preparded by an Inspector Gone Goofy? (there are inspectors home owners will agree to ban from ever entering their home. Sorry buyer. You have choices. The next buyer is just mintues away."
What if you only get the overview?
What about privacy expectations? (previous buyer)
What could possibly go wrong?
Those willing to inherit such risk because you are unwilling to pay for an inspection desrves to stand before the judge who will untimately be required. Folks attempting to circumvent the process ultimately get caught by cages of their own construction..and they ALWAYS look for others to blame.
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Julie Bencos…, Agent, Sierra Madre, CA
Wed Jun 26, 2013
They do belong to the one that paid for it. However, I always as a listing agent ask for a copy of it. If the escrow falls out because of something on the inspection report, the listing agent should disclose that. It is a known defect of the property. Prior inspections from prior closed escrows are not usually available.
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Sarkis Aleks…, Agent, Pasadena, CA
Mon Jun 17, 2013
If a seller or seller's agent was supplied an inspection report, they are obligated to notify a perspective buyer of the existence of these reports. These should become part of the seller's disclosures to any new or subsequent buyer. There are questions that pertain to this very matter that ask sellers to disclose in writing the existence of such reports. It would be unethical for a seller or seller’s agent to withhold any existing inspection reports that the sellers their agents were provided or have ordered themselves. For properties that fall out of escrow, there often are inspection reports from the previous buyer that the seller or seller's agent should furnish the next buyer for full disclosure. For this very reason, some sellers and agents will insist that no inspection report be forwarded to them so they can legitimately claim that they do not have an existing report.

On resale properties that are sold within 3 years of the prior sale by the same agent, it is not unreasonable to assume that the previous inspection report - if the property was inspected at that time - is still on file with that agent. These are rarely volunteered as a matter of practice and may not be very relevant to properties that have been improved or altered but they should be kept by the agent and agency for a number of years and can be accessed if necessary.

None of this is to suggest that these are public records to be shared with everyone. But a bona fide buyer is entitled to all existing reports in the seller's or agent's possession as a matter of full disclosure.

Hope this helps.
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carlos parra…, Other Pro, Monrovia, CA
Mon Jun 17, 2013
Only if the previous potential Buyer who commissioned the report gives it to you or gives permission to give you a copy. Or if they gave one to the Seller and the Seller is willing to share it with you.
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Mon Jun 17, 2013
No...not if someone else paid for it. They belong to the person who paid for it. If that party wishes to share it with you...that's at their discretion. There are privately done inspections...and are not subject to public information.
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Susan Bo'ur, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Mon Jun 17, 2013
You would need to ask the sellers agent. This is not public record.
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Gina Labella…, Agent, Temple City, CA
Mon Jun 17, 2013
Only if the person who paid for the inspection agrees although, sometimes it does happen however, this should NOT be used as your own inspection, you are to do your own due diligence and not go off the word of someone else. I hope this helps, feel free to call me if you need any further assistance.

Gina M. Labellarti
Realtor- Coldwell Banker Dynasty TC
9228 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA. 91780
(626) 215-4462 Cell
(626) 287-9043 Fax
License # 01509425
2012 Top Producer~ International Sterling Society Award
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