Dear Emmanuel, You make a lot of assumptions in your letter.
"Sounds as if you have had some bad experiences with Inspectors",
I know of these firms from other Realtors who got burned. It is always the same firms that fail homes that shouldn't have failed and they have the multiple inspection policy.
"However you, of all parties in the transaction, should be aware that they certainly don't last long if they do."
When you are getting multiple transactions from one customer, as you yourself know, it saves on a lot of overhead. The customer feels good that they saved on the second transaction, when possibly a second or third transaction would not be necessary if they weren't frightened by the first.
"I believe most homebuyers out there are intelligent enough to determine the difference."
Buying a home is a very rare occurence, and most buyers are intelligent enough to know they need a professional to help guide them. That is why they call a home inspector. It wouldn't occur to them that that they could be taken advantage of, which is why I gave the heads-up.
In NY State, home inspectors must be licensed. A buyer in NY would have redress if an issue was not addressed at the inspection. I always recommend a buyer attend the inspection so they learn about the home they are about to purchase. The inspector I usually recommend goes over everything with the buyer, including what is good about the home in plain, easy to understand language. The buyer knows what needs to be addressed immediately and what will need to be addressed in the future. Some items are expensive, and some not, which gives the buyer a clearer understanding of the home thay are about to purchase. Everything goes into the written report, major and minor, but now the buyer can tell the difference.
I am not aware of how it is in Texas where you are from, so I don't comment on questions from your residents that would only confuse them. I can't believe how many out of state agents have informed this Long Island buyer about their areas protocols.
Carol Bromm, SRES, CBR
Prudential Douglas Elliman, Babylon