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

Yes
37%
No, it is a conflict of interest
48%
Not sure
14%
Question: Should I use a home inspector recommended by a listing agent?
Top Answer (48% of 412 votes): No, it is a conflict of interest.

Answer: Not sure
Explanation: That is a personal choice some conflict of interest issues may arise my recommendation is buyer beware
Able Home Inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: We do not affiliate ourselves with any realty company.
Blue Goose Property Services LLC
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: 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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Most agents provide a list of preferred inspectors, but they are not allowed to recommend specific companies because of conflict of interest.
Millyard Home Inspection
Answer: Yes
Explanation: It does not matter who recommends an inspector as long as the inspector does what is required by law .
Contractors Corp.
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: If you trust your agent call the referral and ask some questions.
Ray Inspection Services Corp
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I prefer using referred contacts in the same network of professionals.
Brewer Contract Consulting
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Agents have a good history with the inspectors they refer
Gilded Leaf Home Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: In many cases the home inspector recommended by a REALTOR most likely might be looking for the best interest of the sale. The client shall do his due diligent and get quotes form other inspector in order to make a rational decision.
HOME INSPECTOR USA
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It is a personal decision and depends on the relationship and confidence you have in your agent.
Best Choice Inspections
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The listing agents fiduciary responsibility is to the seller not the buyer, so he is looking out for his clients best interest not the buyers,, so always use the home inspector recommended by the your agent (buyer's agent) only
Coldwell Banker residential Brokerage
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
ProMatcher
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: 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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: You should research and find an inspector that will work for you and have your best interest in mind
Smart Choice Home Inspections of WNY
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Listings agents work for and have the best interest for the seller. Buyers will want to get a separate Home Inspection.
Solution Man LLC.
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: obvious
Allen Tate Companies
ProMatcher
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.
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Always listen to your buyer's agent regarding service providers. It may very well work out to utilize the listing agent's inspector, afterall most inspectors are highly ethical and qualified to do their job objectively, however always look to YOUR buyer's agent for advise!
Rodeo Realty
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Unfortunately not everybody in the world is honest, a listing agent may have a inspector in there"back pocket", meaning the inspector may over look discrepancies found in the home as to nother "killing the sale" of the home.
Ray REI
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Always call around. Remember to ask Home Inspector you hire if they have a construction background.
Del Fine Home Inspections
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: IF after talking to the inspector ou feel comfortable
Everest Home Inspectors
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: A buyer should choose their own home inspector in any purchase transaction. The buyers agent may suggest few inspectors only if the client does not know an inspector already.
Re/Max Elite Realty
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The inspection should be ordered by the buyers agent.
Tremaine Real Living Real Estate
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Realtors are representing you and your best interest. Their recommendations should be considered but it's up to the buyer to research and choose the home inspector.
LOX Home Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Yes and No actually. If a inspector is truly impartial and honest in their work it should not make a difference one way or the other.
Epoch Property Inspections
ProMatcher
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.
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I answered not sure simply because you as the client are allowed to use whomever you want to perform the inspection. Generally Real Estate Agents have a great relationship with the Home Inspector, however, do your homework and find the best fit for you when it comes to having your home inspected.
Rife Home Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: buyer beware, make your own judgment
Thomas Property Services
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Both a home inspector and a listing agent vow to follow their codes of ethics and standards of practice to improve their work performance as well as to protect their consumers from any harm.
Kent Trader, LLC. Inspection Services
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: A Home Inspection is a very important part of buying a home. You should get references from friends or family that have used the inspector before making your decision.
Keller Williams Shore Properties
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I would ask for the name of 3 inspectors so you can decide which one is the best fit for your needs.
Re/MAX Southwest - The Jackson Group
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: A home inspector referred by a listing agent will be trying not to kill the deal. The home inspector is not as likely to state the significance of problems as they truely are.
Horizon Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Usually it is someone he or she has worked with in the past and have a good relationship with, they usually give you 2-3 names
G M M Property Inspections
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: A buyer should be represented by their own agent who would refer home inspectors to the them, and would act in the best interest of the buyer.
Fuqua Group with Keller Williams Realty
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: A good home inspector works strictly for the buyer.
Midwest Home, Inc.
ProMatcher
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