September 27th 2016
Do we trust the inspector the realtor recommends?
I know there is a lot of debate back and forth about agents recommending inspectors. Is it considered impartial, what if they are working together. Can we trust the inspector that an agent recommends? These are all very good questions.
At the moment if you were to ask an agent who they recommend for an inspector, they will give you 3 choices. This is because it really is up to the client to choose who, to create a barrier of neutrality for the agent. Makes sense, no one wants to be blamed for the ‘wrong choice’ of inspector.
Some inspectors market themselves that they are against the real estate industry, and you can never trust a realtor that recommends an inspector. They put up fancy websites that paint realtors as monsters, and ready to prey on the consumer public in selling a house, so they should hire said inspector because you cannot trust your realtor.
Being an inspector, I’ve met a lot of realtors, and learned a lot about how they go about their business. So let’s look at the career of a realtor for a moment.
A realtor, is very absorbed in the world of real estate. I know makes complete sense right? But what does this mean?
It means they look at hundreds, upon hundreds of properties, since their livelihoods depends on it. Seeing that many properties, they have seen good ones, bad ones, terrible ones, etc. When they sit down with you to talk about what property you want, knowing all the hundreds of properties they have seen, they can answer questions like price, suitable location, what kind of layout you might want, etc.
Beyond that, since they look at so many properties, realtors will also get to know all the industries that also work alongside of real estate. This will be things like, lawyers, notaries, mortgage brokers, contractors, and yes inspectors.
Going through hundreds of properties, realtors will cross over into these other industries very commonly, so naturally they will learn who is good at what they do, and who isn’t. You almost can’t help it because realtors are surrounded by real estate, and would literally have to do business under a rock in the middle of the forest to not be able to hear about these other industries.
So now we go back to the title question, do we trust the inspector recommended by the realtor? Well based on my point, realtors will know industries that relate to real estate more than the typical person. So I suppose the real question is, do you trust your realtor?
If you trust your realtor in doing the job you want them to do, then I would hope you trust their word and what they recommend you to do. After all, they have YOUR best interests in mind, and this includes ensuring the property you are looking to buy is sound.