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

Yes
38%
No, it is a conflict of interest
46%
Not sure
14%
Question: Should I use a home inspector recommended by a listing agent?
Top Answer (46% of 487 votes): No, it is a conflict of interest.

Answer: Not sure
Explanation: That is up to the consumer. I feel sometimes it is in your best interest to find an inspector the real estate agent is not familiar with so the agent does not try to "get a sale". The inspection can find things that make the purchaser change their decision on a purchase and agents do not want that to happen. But in some cases the consumer may want to go with an inspector the agent already trusts.
Pinkerton Inspection Agency LLC
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Depending on relationship with agent.
Harris Business Professionals
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The listing agent will provide a list of inspectors for you to choose from. It is against the rules of the Texas Real Estate Commission for a real estate agent to recommend any one company.
Michael Moffitt, Moffitt Property Inspections & Consulting
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: You should take into account their opinion and also do research on your own as well.
HouseMaster Home Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Always do your own research prior to hiring a Home Inspector
Earley & Sons Property Inspections PLLC
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The buyers agent can recommend home inspectors to their clients. The agent should give you the contact information for more than one inspector.
Wise-Up Home Inspection, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Yes if you want to be approved for the financing. If you want someone to be honest maybe find your own.
A+ Realty and Construction LLC
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Your listing agent will most likely have names of home inspectors and there is nothing wrong with using them. I would say that you should still take some time and research inspectors on your own.
Proiority Home Inspections
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: We have our own unbiased certified home inspectors to serve our personal clients best interests.
eXp Realty/The Escalante Group
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: To me, doing the report for the buyer, seller or investor will get the same unbiased report.
Straight Street Building/Home Inspections, P.L.L.C.
Answer: Yes
Explanation: This is not a problem as long as you trust your agent, and there is no undisclosed financial relationship between agent and inspector.
Elemental Inspection Services LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: All realtors have a list of inspectors they can give but it is up to the client to choose - the Realtor will not pick the inspector.
Vertex Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: The listing agent looking out for home sellers and trying to get the home sold for top dollar. The your agent the buyers agent can provide a recommendation because they are supposed to have your best interest. I recommend finding the home inspector on your own.
Aspire Inspection Services
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: It is generally a good idea to select your own home inspector. While most realtors are ethical, the mutual business opportunities that exist between a real estate agent and a home inspector whome they have a relationship with can cause a conflict of interest. Is it best to do your own research -- use sites like Yelp, Angieslist or ask your network of friends when selecting a home inspector.
Chicago Home Inspection Services Inc.
Answer: Yes
Explanation: As long as you use the listing agent for the Buyer (usually you) there should not be an issue.
Johnson Services LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: This would be a conflict of interest in a transaction, unless the seller is conducting the inspection prior to listing the property to make necessary repairs before the home goes on the market.
Coldwell Banker
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It really is up to you. If you don't know a home inspector and want to use one that is suggested that is fine. If by chance you know someone you like to use or just want to find one yourself then that is what you should do. When listing or buying a home you should use whichever professional you feel most comfortable with.
Keller Williams Atlantic Shore
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: You need a a good home inspector, one that's easy to deal with and who will explain the property features to you. One that your buyer realtor has dealt with in the past is sure to have the skills required. Steer clear of one recommended by the listing agent as that one may be biased in favor of the seller.
terrie o'connor
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Could be the agents brother.
AHI Residential & Commercial Inspections, Inc
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Your agent should give you 2-3 home inspection companies to call . You should call all of them and see whom you like the best.
Schultz Real Estate
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: 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: Yes
Explanation: Referrals from Realtors are not a conflict of interest, however, its always a good idea to do some research
Superior Inspection Services
Answer: Yes
Explanation: As long as the agent is referring a professional home inspector and there is no conflict of interest or collusion. Many agents typically refer 3 home inspectors to the client, and let the client choose which inspector they want to use.
HomeScope Property Inspection Services LLC
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: I believe you should not use listing agents recommendations there might be a conflict of interest.
Corpus Christi Home Inspections
ProMatcher
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: 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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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: 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
ProMatcher
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.
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Buyer or seller choice. Not agent.
TKO Home Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
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
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: I would always look for the highest rated by customers not agents
Pacific Inspection Group
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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.
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