You have decided to purchase a home. Whether a new home or a pre-owned home, you deserve to know the true condition of the home.
Knowing as much about the home as is reasonably possible gives you a better opportunity to protect your family.
Many defects found in pre-owned homes were there since the day the house was new.
If you are purchasing a new home and your real estate agent doesn’t think you need to have the home inspected, your agent might be costing you and your family thousands, to tens of thousands of dollars.
When you buy a new home and all its defects go undiscovered until your 12 month or 24 month warranty has expired, you now own a house with defects that you may be forced to pay for when selling your home.
If you are buying a pre-owned home, learning about the home’s many defects puts you in a position to re-negotiate the sales price of the house, ask the seller to make repairs, or walk away from the house altogether.
Is Your Real Estate Agent Stealing from Your Family?
If your real estate agent is not recommending the most thorough and accurate Inspector that they are aware of, they are simply putting you at risk to lose thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.
Some real estate Brokers put their agents at risk by not allowing their agent to recommend a particular Inspector.
One agent I know was fired/terminated at one of the larger real estate offices because he refused to ‘give the client the phone book to select an Inspector’ as ordered by his office manager. That same agent went on to work for another real estate agency for the last 12 years. The office manager is now no longer with that agency.
Many listing agents (those that represent the seller) will tell you that they cringe when the buyer has selected an Inspector with a reputation for missing multiple and major defects.
The inexperienced and poorly trained Inspector increases the risk that the seller, broker, agents and Inspector will all be sued when the buyer moves-in to their home and discovers major undisclosed defects.
Simply put, if the real estate agent is ‘working for you’ they have an ethical responsibility to make you aware of the most thorough Inspector in the area.
Smart Real Estate Brokers and Agents realize a well-informed, satisfied home buyer is the source of referrals for years to come.