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Home Inspectors Unite

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Mike Simpson

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Jan 30, 2002
Check out the news story @ www.inman.com regarding; Home Inspectors Organization bans referrals from Real Estate Agents--it make for interesting reading.

Here's an excerpt; When brokers or agents mix with home inspectors; a practice that's common throughout the country; the result is a home inspector who lives in an agent's hip pocket, Robitaille believes. He said inspectors who give home buyers unbiased reports that potentially could derail a home sale are referred to as "deal killers" and are "blackballed" by some agents.

It's a brand new year ladies & gentlemen, and it feels like that pendulum is finally starting to swing the other way. I'm optomistic about the future of our profession (cautiously optomistic--not giddy), and intend to write a well crafted letter in hopes of getting some of these Home Inspection Organizations to sign the appraiser's petition.

As a one time Home Inspector/Pest Inspector I know what they suffer. The more you know--the less work you get. Rubber stamp it or pay the consequences. This has got to stop!

-Mike
 

Jeff Horton

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Jan 15, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Alabama
Amen Mike!! As a new Home Inspector I made the mistake of soliciting the Real Estate Agents. Then I realized my mistake and stopped that! Now I depend on my advertising and word of mouth. But my Home Inspection has got me more buisness as an Appriaser than it has as an Inspector. :)
 

BigBlueGA

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Mar 13, 2002
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Certified General Appraiser
State
Georgia
Woohoo! That's great.. I am really optimistic about the home inspection industry. They are providing a *MUCH* needed service to homebuyer's that needs to be completely independent to be of any value whatsoever. We've got only a couple of home inspectors in my area and only one that I think does a completely honest and open inspection.. he's the one that I refer all of my buyers to. An educated and experienced home inspector IMHO is about the most valuable party to any real estate transaction that I can think of. :D

- Brandon
 
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