Should the Buyer's Agent Attend the Home
Veteran agents/brokers weigh in on an ongoing
debate: should you attend the home inspection?
Some real estate professionals believe that the
home inspector should be alone, while others argue for various combinations of
the buyer, the buyer’s agent, the seller, and the seller’s agent. Much of the
argument centers around the presence of the buyer’s agent. Some home inspectors
believe that the buyer’s agent gets in the way of the inspection and influences
their client’s opinion. On the other hand, real estate agents argue that the
presence of the buyer’s agent provides an intermediary between the buyer and the
home inspector, explaining terms or requesting clarification.
(story continues below)
“I am usually present for my inspections, but sit and
quietly work on a laptop,” says Chris Ann Cleland, Virginia Realtor. “I'm there
the entire time, but don't advise my clients what they should or should not ask
for. I like to see whatever the
inspectors point out that may end up needing clarification later.” Cleland’s
stance shows that there can be a middle ground between staying away from the
inspection entirely and shadowing the inspector while he or she finishes their
inspection. Other real estate agents agree that being available during the home
inspection, but not being present for its entirety, makes the process easier for
all parties involved. By being present only towards the end of the inspection
and the presentation of the home inspection report, the agent can often review
the results of the home inspection while still allowing the buyer to come to his
or her own conclusions.
HTML Comment Box is loading comments...
ATTENTION: You are receiving WRE Online News because you opted in at WorkingRE.com or purchased E&O insurance from OREP. WRE Online News Edition provides news-oriented content twice a month. The content for WRE Special Offer Editions is provided by paid sponsors. If you no longer wish to receive these emails from Working RE, please use the link found at the bottom of this newsletter to be removed from our mailing list.