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So continuing what I think… some agents do not realize that they can be very helpful to the inspector.

They can learn from the inspection and most important, they will know what to constructively relate to the listing agent and their buyers.

On the occasion when and agent gets involved with the attorney, it helps the transaction when they are knowledgeable about the inspection.  It is also very important for the agent to evaluate the inspector. It is nothing short of a win, win.  I have always felt agents do not have it easy.  They have to be a hand holder, a negotiator and a smoother of rough edges.  On the other side of the coin there are a few agents who try to be the inspector during the inspection.  Sometimes this is good—lord knows, some inspectors are off the wall.

The market is too fragile for all of us not to do everything we can to stop a deal from blowing up over stupid issues. This market has caused me to institute a new way of working with the buyers.

For a very nominal fee (when scheduling permits) I will meet the buyers and the agent at the homes and walk through it with them. No tools are involved.  It is a general walk through that takes the same amount of time as if I were not there. This is enough time for me to generate a very good opinion about the house.  Out of the three or so homes the buyer narrows it down to; they now know which one will have the best inspection.

It has been working very well.

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The controversy over whether or not and agent should follow the inspector and buyer is a long standing issue.

In today’s age with liability and disclosure issues, I have noticed that more and more agents will remain in the kitchen.  For the many agents that trust me, I can understand (but disagree) why they do not feel the need to follow.  Often, I come across an agent that I have never met before and they will stay in the kitchen for several hours.

As an inspector I do not mind, however my clients have commented over the years about their agent’s lack of participation in the inspection.  Their general feeling, especially first time home buyers, is that they feel less comfortable when their agent was not walking around with them.  They feel a level of security when the agent is around.  I equate it to “sitting in the car when you take your son to his baseball game”. You should be in the bleachers watching him play.  But more and more brokers and or corporate are leaning towards the agents not getting involved.

Personally I love having agents around.  This is a three fold feeling, and I will explain more in the second part of this article.

Stay tuned.

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