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

Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The agent must give choices of the list of the licensed home inspectors to the buyer and buyer who ultimately pay can decide whom to choose for the home inspector.
Gajjab Home Inspection
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Buyer should use their own Inspectors, possibly recommendations from the selling/buyer broker
GPlus-Realty
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The listing agent represents the home owners,not the buyers.
H&R PROFESSIONAL INSPECTIONS
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: A Home Inspector is a neutral party and has no representation for seller or buyer
Hudson Real Estate
Answer: Yes
Explanation: In most cases the agent has worked with multiple inspectors and will have more insight to the competency of an inspector. Most home owners have had a very few chances to work with a home inspector so it is much harder to know how good they are.
Heritage Inspectors
Answer: Yes
Explanation: For the most part, Agents deal with the day to day fundamentals of home selling and buying. Why it is probably best to research the inspector yourself. Most agents are hired by our clients and therefore should be trusted or not.
DC HOME INSPECTIONS
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: This depends greatly on the character of the agent.
Spotlight Home Inspection L.L.C.
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The use of a Inspector recommended by a listing agent could lead to a bias on the inspectors part towards the listing agent in order to retain the recommendations coming from the agent.
Professional Home Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: In my experience, licensed professionals like real estate agents and home inspectors should not risk their integrity for a paycheck. There is too much at risk. I am expected to perform a home inspection for my client, not the agent.
Vital Home Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It could be considered a conflict of interest. I am an independent inspector and have real estate professionals that refer me to their clients. I do not receive any monetary incentives from them. I can not speak for other inspectors though.
Reality Property Inspections
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: check credentials
Huskey Home Inspection, LLC
ProMatcher
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
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: 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
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
ProMatcher
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.
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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)
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Any agent should be able to provide you with 3 good recommendations.
Prospective Home Inspections
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I would have to recommend at least 3 of them to avoid a conflict of interest
Coldwell Banker
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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