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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 432 votes): No, it is a conflict of interest.

Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Some realtors offer a list of several inspectors for their client to use, if a realtor pushed one of the other, the realtor may be offering a biased opinion
MDJ Inspection Services LLC
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Its completely up to the client. If you trust the inspector your agent "swears by" and you trust the agent then go for it.But then again some people would rather trade convenience for experience and go their own route.
Homeinspections123
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Best recommended practice is to find your own inspector, they are neutral. often an inspector recommended by agent knows what will slow the buying process and avoid some of the details so that it will not slow the buying process, we all like to live the fast food life style, but this is not the area you want to apply speed, it will often take me up to 6-8 hours for a home inspection, if i see new paint it could be longer. it is my job to find the hidden problems in a home.... nothing but the facts dano! In the state of Colorado it is not necessary to have a certified inspection what i mean by that is most of the home inspectors are not certified. I would only look at certified home inspectors. As a ASHI certified inspector we have completed 120 hour of training and we are certified we speak house! we are required to completed continued training every year.
Property Repair Service & Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: It is best to shop for inspector or if there is a recommendation. Word of mouth is a good indicator
North State Inspections
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Some times it can be a conflict of interest.
Kairos Home Inspections
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: I feel you ensure an unbiased inspection using your own inspector.
Key Realty
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Absolutely, they want the best for there clients
Hello Home Inspector, LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: That is a personal choice some conflict of interest issues may arise my recommendation is buyer beware
Able Home Inspections
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: We do not affiliate ourselves with any realty company.
Blue Goose Property Services LLC
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I prefer using referred contacts in the same network of professionals.
Brewer Contract Consulting
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It is a personal decision and depends on the relationship and confidence you have in your agent.
Best Choice Inspections
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
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