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Should I use a home inspector recommended by a listing agent?

Yes
37%
No, it is a conflict of interest
47%
Not sure
14%
Question: Should I use a home inspector recommended by a listing agent?
Top Answer (47% of 424 votes): No, it is a conflict of interest.

Answer: Yes
Explanation: The listing agent should know of some good ones that they have used for a while. Just ask if they offer an inspection warranty with the inspection.
Royalty Home Solutions, Inc
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It depends. If a buyer is using an agent that is not familiar with the area, the listing agent may be able to refer a reputable home inspector in the area. It is always a good idea to do your research and check the company out online.
Blackland Home Inspections
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Your agent should recommend 2 or 3 inspectors. Your inspector should have your best interest in mind. A inspector should not feel obligated to the agent.
My Choice Home Inspectors LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It depends on the particular situation. It can perfectly fine in some cases. Maybe not, in others. A buyer should really be represented by an agent, who will act as their advocate
Ron Rodgers- Ryan Real Estate
Answer: Yes
Explanation: A good inspector is not swayed by the number of inspections he or she may get from a particular listing agent. A good inspector will generate a honest and non-biased report based solely on their findings at the time of the inspection.
Inspection Pro
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: No, ethically speaking that would be a conflict of intrest. The selling agent is going to try and make the sale of the property go through. That inspector may not have the buyers best intrest at heart.
Meadow Brook Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: check credentials
Huskey Home Inspection, LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: As a Certified Home Inspector, I am bound by a professional code of conduct and not influenced by any outside interests.
Accurate Inspection Service
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: A home inspector should be independent.
BurCan Dynamics LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Listing agents can be helpful in supplying you with names of home inspectors in your area and should supply you with multiple names to select from. Do your homework and check out the inspectors in your area. Their website should list where they have been trained, certifications they have, and the services they offer.
Rhino Property Inspections, LLC
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Illinois rule
Allied Services Home Inspection
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: A home buyer should be certain that they are getting an objective inspection always.
Westcliff Inspection Services, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: It does not matter who recommends an inspector as long as the inspector does what is required by law .
Contractors Corp.
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: As an informed buyer, you should do your homework on several inspection companies. typically, a home inspector recommended by the listing agent might have a conflict of interest. That inspector might overlook some "deal breaking" items so that agent does not loose the listing and that he continues to get referrals.
TAP Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: If you trust your agent call the referral and ask some questions.
Ray Inspection Services Corp
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Agents have a good history with the inspectors they refer
Gilded Leaf Home Inspections LLC
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Buyer or seller choice. Not agent.
TKO Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Realtors are entrusted to abide by fair and honest practices throughout the buying and selling process. Consider this, if a Realtor recommends an inspector, they have a working history. More importantly, the Realtor is willing to trust that Inspector with their professional reputation.
Infinity Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: While the inspector who the listing agent recommends may in fact be a great inspector in my personal opinion there are too many variables in a listing agent recommending a home inspector and you should seek outside representation. The listing agent may be recommending a soft inspector that could come back with a favorable report for the seller. By delivering a soft report you may not be fully made aware of the defects within the home or the defects could possibly be downplayed as not an issue. Remember you want an inspector that is soley working for you.
Morrow Inspection Services, PLLC
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: I would always look for the highest rated by customers not agents
Pacific Inspection Group
Answer: Yes
Explanation: You sure can take a recommendation. The decision to take a recommendation of a listing agent or your buyer's agent is a personal decision and has to be based on trust. Is the agent looking out for your interests or are they trying to close the sale? We work with a lot of agents and most often they want a good inspection as nothing looks worse than having undiscovered issues coming back after the close on the property.
InFocus Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Reffered inspectors often have a long history with a realtor. Often times there is a negative reason for this. Soft reports and listing favorable reports. I always suggest family suggested or word of mouth inspectors. This will guarantee you get an unbiased opinion of the homes systems.
Look First Homes, LLC
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: You should take into consideration the advice your Realtor gives you, if they are listing Realtor or not. You should also conduct your own research because you are the hiring party paying the fee.
Riverbend Property Inspections LLC
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The listing agent works for the seller. You want to choose an inspector that will work for you and on your behalf, not the sellers. Your buyer's agent can recommend some they know work well for their buyers.
Edward Surovell Realtors
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It would depend on your comfort level with your realtor. Some realtors have used inspectors for years and can trust them to be honest
At Ease Home Inspection
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Really this comes down to what you as the buyer or seller is comfortable with. You are always welcome to look for and hire your own Home Inspector. Usually the agent and the home inspector are familiar with each other and understand that the Inspector is working for the customer not the agent.
Mosher Home Inspection Service, LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I've never met an agent who didn't want his or her buyers to have full disclosure, but that's not to say every agent puts the buyer's interests first. However, I can assure you it would be extreme for an agent to pressure a home inspector to provide a faulty report. It's simply not standard practice. No reputable real estate agent will withhold information from a buyer or induce a third-party vendor to withhold information.
ECI Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Your Realtor has likely had experience with many different inspectors. They will recommend ones who they know will do a good job.
RE/MAX Realty Group
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: It's always a good policy to use a third party inspector that the buyer chooses.
Your Husband & Wife Real Estate Team with Charles Rutenberg Realty
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Most agents will recommend a home inspector. If you think your agent is really looking out for your very best interest then they likely have an inspector that will do the same. Our company spends more time than others on an inspection and we tend to find more issues than others. Many agents don't want us to spend more time and find more issues. I think the good ones do!
Honest Home Inspections & Milwaukee Mold Inspector
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: You may choose to go with our recommendations or not it's up to the client. We are required to give at least 3 contractors to our clients.
Real Estate Associates
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: You should always find an independent home inspector who was not in cahoots with a real estate agent if a real estate agent provide you with a list of people to choose from and let the option to be yours that's a different story but if they only give you one option I would be very wary.
Reckner Certified Home Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Yes,But you should thoroughly investigate his/her qualifications on your own.
House and Home Inspection Services
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I answered yes to this questions with a few caveat to the answer. Any agent when recommending a service should provide you with 3 names and numbers. As a listing agent that is listing your home, they will want to make sure that you get a good inspection so no issue will come up when should a buyer pull another inspection. If you are a buyer and the seller did a pre home inspection and you are thinking about using that inspection report, look at the date of the report and check out the company to make your determination
Myra Strickland Real Estate at KW
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Use an inspector recommended by your buyers agent. He or she should have a list of multiple qualified inspectors to choose from. It is important to have many inspectors to choose from, as they are very busy and can get only 2-3 done per day. You will have time constraints on the purchase agreement.
RE/MAX Results
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Not sure, almost all home inspector work independently and use programs that are setup by a national program. With that said, I would always suggest that you interview a couple of home inspectors and choose that one that you feel the best about.
Home 2 Home Services, Inc.
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Agents will tend to want to recommend an inspector that they already know works well with them and their clients. Some agents just ask buyers to find their own if it is the agents policy.
840 Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: You can do this, we are often recommended by listing agents, we are an objective 3d party & report what we find regardless of who recommends us. We do recommend you read reviews of your inspector & ask if your inspector is a trained & citified InterNACHI inspector.
Home Inspection Solutions
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Clients do not have the obligation to use a home inspector that a real estate agent recommended. It is just a recommendation.
Rinehart Realty
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: This is a potential conflict of interest. The home buyer should have the freedom to engage any Home Inspection Company that he/she believes will give a thorough, accurate, and unbiased home inspection.
J. Michael Simon, LLC
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The buyer's agent may make a recommendation, but the listing agent works for the owner and it is in their best interest NOT to find any problems with the home.
Rightway Residential Home Inspections
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The answer is yes and no; Most of the time agents will give you a list of 3 or more inspectors or all those affiliated with the local MLS, or Listing association- call all of them, find out how long they have been in business, are they part time or full time. You should also check with friends and family and do some poking around the web.
MTK Inspection Services
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: You would always be better served to choose your own inspector or one recommended by your buyers agent.
BeBe's Beauty (Jeunesse Global)
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: This practice is considered a conflict of interest.
Investor Home Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Yes, usually your listing agent has already built the rapport and trust with that inspector. and they will know which inspector is a good fit for the job.
Certified Real Estate Inspectors
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Trust your realtor, they have a vested interest in making sure you are happy with the property shown. The best way is to do your own research and find an Inspector who is familiar with the area and will schedule based on your time frame.
ABC Home Inspections LLC
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It's totally up to you. It's your home and I want you to be fully satisfied with the entire process. Also, the inspector still has a responsibility no matter who chooses him or her.
Keller Williams Augusta Partners
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Consider that they make a commission from the sale. Your Realtor can refer you to a Home Inspector whom can represent you.
Your Home Property Consultants
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Any agent should be able to provide you with 3 good recommendations.
Prospective Home Inspections
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The listing agent's job is to get the best deal for their seller. You need to have your own person or one of the preferred inspectors that your Buying agent has.
Cutler Real Estate
Answer: Yes
Explanation: It is our opinion that a client can consider an inspector that is referred by a listing agent. But, the client should still research and compare that inspection company with others and make their own decision for whom to hire.
The Home Inspectors
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Any agent that tells you who to use is getting a kickback for the referral most likely. Find an independent inspector.
First American Cleaning & Restoration
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Actually its the home buyers choice on which home inspector to use. So do your research
House detective
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: In Texas it is a violation of the Texas Real Estate Commission.
A Balance Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: It can be a conflict. In Massachusetts it is allowed if the agent is buyers agent, however, a limited or poor inspection does not benefit the buyer only the agent and seller. We of course are the exception. we are the best.
American Home & Environmental
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Agents are required to give you a full listing of all available inspectors that you can choose from
Century 21 Marella Realty
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Yes since the listing agent is an expert regarding that particular property.
Robert Piccolo Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I would have to recommend at least 3 of them to avoid a conflict of interest
Coldwell Banker
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The listing agent has the best interest of the seller in mind. When choosing a home inspector it is best to take recommendations from your buyers agent or find one on your own.
Michael Odeh, Realtor
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: I believe you should ask your agent (buyers) to assist you with your home inspector. Granted, you chose that real estate agent to help you find your home, hopefully you trust them to help you find the RIGHT home.
S.O.C.
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: I recommend getting recommendations from your realtor, friends, family, and research. The selling agent should not refer an inspector.
Smart Look Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Agents are looking for your best interest and they know the right inspectors, based on their honesty and trust.
Lion Real Estate Group
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The listing agent's job is to protect his client, the seller. I would not recommend using any service that the listing agent recommended for the sole reason that you do not know what their business or personal relationship is. Furthermore, the listing agent is putting himself at risk. If his inspector is used and fails to identify a big issue, I would suspect the purchaser would be filing a suit rather quickly.
Keller Williams Metro Center
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The real answer is sometimes.
Mjm ultimate home inspection
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Home buyers are free to choose whomever they want, but often times do not know who is a good, quality inspector. I am here to help them locate one.
Steve Fox, Realtor DFW Urban Realty
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: It's best to get two or three names of companies your agent has personal experience with. Then interview each to see who you are most comfortable with. Some agents won't recommend anyone for fear of being sued.
ERA Brokers Consolidated
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It's not necessary . Whoever you pick should be licensed by Trec and should inspect and report by the guidelines that are required to by Trec.
Henson Home Inspections
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: You are free to but if you are buying the property then it is in your best interest to use your own. Your realtor should be able to recommend a few.
Gerald Hill with Intero Middle Tennessee
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: It is best to independently select an inspector based on experience, qualifications, certification and insurance.
Coast Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: I am an independant inspector and I feel it is a conflict of intrest
A & H PROPERTIES
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: You should use a home inspector you feel comfortable with and trust. Always use a buyers agent and have them help you along the way. If you are comfortable with the inspector they recommend then feel free to use them. A lot of times they are recommending a good one and they want the deal to go through too
Charles J White, Auctioneer
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Expect an agent to give a list of at least three home inspectors for you to choose from. The best option is to find an inspector on your own to avoid any conflict of interest.
North Dynamic Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: In my opinion, real estate agents have a conflict of interest. They make their money selling the home and are motivated to do what it takes to sell the home. It is up to each individual agent to do their jobs ethically. A home inspector should not feel loyalty towards agents, but in today's world, they DO.
Corley Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Your agent should provide you a list of at least 3 choices of inspectors that they are familiar with that do a good job. However, it is your choice of an inspector as this is one of the biggest purchases and investments you will make.
New World Realty
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Home inspectors must disclose all that they find.
Coldwell Banker
ProMatcher
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