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

Yes
39%
No, it is a conflict of interest
45%
Not sure
15%
Question: Should I use a home inspector recommended by a listing agent?
Top Answer (45% of 523 votes): No, it is a conflict of interest.

Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: It's generally advisable to hire an independent home inspector rather than one recommended by the listing agent. While many listing agents have trustworthy connections, using an independent inspector ensures there is no conflict of interest, giving you an unbiased and thorough assessment of the property. This helps protect your investment by providing a clear, objective evaluation of the home's condition. Always prioritize finding a certified, experienced inspector with positive reviews to ensure the best results.
Home Scan Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Yes, I have many good relationships with inspectors and when you know how they work and trust them it is key to connecting the right engineer with you buyers/sellers.
Realty Connect usa
Answer: Yes
Explanation: You are never obligated to use any business or service recommended by a real estate agent. However, because real estate agents work with real estate related businesses and services, they know who is reputable and capable.
Rich Small Team
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: I woudl advise Buyers to Use a Home Inspector of their own
JBGmg
Answer: Yes
Explanation: You may use whoever you want when I recommend a vendor. I make sure I give at least 3(or more) different home inspection companies to you. I suggest you have 10 questions on how they do their service for you.
Home Smart Connect-St Charles, Illinois
Answer: Yes
Explanation: A Listing Agent should refer you to 3, however, if you want to hire someone outside of that circle that is prudent to protect yourself.
Diane J. Malagreca
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: As we are unable to recommend one home inspector, we can provide you a list of home inspectors to choose from.
Roberts Brothers Inc
Answer: Yes
Explanation: In the realm of real estate transactions, inspections play a pivotal role. They are fundamental to ensuring the soundness of a property and protecting the interests of both buyer and seller. Most real estate agents excel in providing their clients with a list of recommended inspectors, often offering at least three for the sake of fairness and range of choice. This practice is not only acceptable but highly commendable as it fosters transparency and equitability in the transaction process. Upon receiving the list of inspectors, it's incumbent upon the client to do their part. A thorough review of each inspector’s website is highly recommended. This will provide a snapshot of their services, experience, qualifications, and customer reviews. It can also provide insights into their professional approach and whether it aligns with your expectations. A call to the inspectors can further elucidate their inspection style, reporting methods, availability and fees. These steps are crucial to making an informed choice. Ultimately, the power of decision making rests with you, the client. You have the autonomy to choose the inspector who best meets your requirements and resonates with your expectations. This is a significant decision as it impacts the outcome of your property investment. Therefore, take advantage of the options provided by your real estate agent, conduct comprehensive research on each inspector, and make a well-informed decision based on your findings. This approach will ensure that you receive reliable, high-quality inspections that promote confidence in your real estate transaction.
Ground Zero Home Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: If the agent has a working history and trust the inspector and has the best interest of the buyer then that inspector would be a great choice. I would ask for several different inspectors to choose from and select one that is most aligned with your values and concerns
S&B Property Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: If you trust your agent to sell you a home, I feel you should trust their recommendation for a inspector.
Next Level Home Inspection
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Typically, if you are purchasing a home you would get referrals from your buyer agent. You should get at least three referrals. The buyer agent is a good resource, but seek out other real estate professionals you trust for recommendations also and do your own research. Reach out to all three inspectors and ask questions about not only what they charge, but what the process of inspecting a home includes and how experienced they are in performing inspections, especially homes similar to what you are purchasing. By conversing, you should be able to develop a comfort level with one that would be the best fit for what you need.
Tully Appraisal Associates
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Home inspectors should be non-biased, providing professional assessments on the condition and safety of a home.
Halo Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Sometimes it can be a conflict of interest and sometimes the agent is honest and recommends a top inspector like myself
Michael J West Dreamkeeper Home Inspections Inc
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: If you are a buyer, then you could use one recommended by your real estate representative.
ERA Brokers Consolidated
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: You should make your own decision of who you choose to inspect your property. The listing agent is not working in your best interest if you are the buyer working with the selling agent.
1st Look Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Many home inspectors are overly critical on things that are not that critical. Finding one who knows what is and is not important will smooth a sale or purchase.
Coldwell Banker Realty
Answer: Yes
Explanation: It is ultimately up to you who you choose to perform your home inspection. Your Realtor generally will have your best interests in mind when they pass along referrals. Always look for a Certified Master Inspector - they are the best of the best when it comes to home inspections.
Shasta Premier Inspection Group
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. Each and every transaction has its own story.
Pinkerton Inspection Agency LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Not sure really means depends. If you have a home inspector you trust by all means lets use them. However, if you do not, I have a list of home inspectors that are awesome and treat the customer first. They have no loyalty to me or my firm. I would rather have my clients walk away from a transaction then get into a home that is less then they expect.
Premiere Plus Realty Co
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Home inspectors that are totally independent and have a great report on Angie's list or any other referral network is where I would start. A listing agent wants the home to sell and the buyer wants to buy however before I would spend my money I would want at least 1 or 2 home inspectors to go through to notice any current or possible future problems.
Lewiston Insurance Agency
Answer: Yes
Explanation: We work with quality inspectors who understand that they are there to provide honest feedback about the house they are purchasing. Trusted home inspectors with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Remax Platinum
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: All home inspectors should be licensed by the State of Arkansas. Due diligence should be used and the inspector should be interviewed before contracting with him. Be careful of the realtor recommended inspector as many are agents for the realtor and not the client.
Eastridge Home Inspections of Arkansas, LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: If unconvinced of the capability of the inspector, a person should call around for comparison.
Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Depending on relationship with agent.
Harris Business Professionals
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Some home inspectors are equipped better than others and they do a better job.
Amerivest Realty Roy Jackson
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
ProMatcher
Answer: No, it is a conflict of interest
Explanation: Most Realtors are honest and offer excellent advice. However, It is possible in their zeal to sell the home, a listing agent may know of an inspector who will not perform an impartial, thorough inspection and could gloss over or even cover up potential issues.
Mountain View Inspection Services
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Listing Agents often work with a certain inspector or group of inspectors they have worked with in the past and have a good working relationship with. When choosing an inspector, it's acceptable to take their recommendation because inspectors should be working under a strict Code of Ethics, as do the InterNACHI trained inspectors working for Shedhorn Inspection Services, and therefore should always be acting in the best interest of their client, not the realtor.
Shedhorn Inspection Services, LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: If the listing agent was to recommend a specific home inspector, I would be cautious. Everyone's situation is different. It is common for YOUR realtor/broker to supply a list of home inspectors that they may prefer. However, it is ultimately your decision and you should do a little homework. Not all inspectors are the same. You should call and talk with them and ask questions. Look at reviews online and get a feel for who you are comfortable with.
Golden Star Home Inspections
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.
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Your Realtor knows a lot of inspectors and how thorough they are when inspecting your new home. A Realtor should give you a list of trusted and experienced licensed home inspectors with phone numbers and allow you to contact each of them to see which one you feel most comfortable, about 3 should do it.
Coldwell Banker Gosslee - Supreme Team
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
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 Inspections Plus+
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 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: 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
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