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An Unlicensed Home Inspector Caused Major Damage!

An unlicensed home inspector caused major damage to one of my clients recently.

I am the sellers' agent in this situation. The buyers had been referred to this home inspector by friends of theirs who had recently used him.

As a sellers' agent, I am normally not present at a home inspection. However, in this case, I had to open the house for the home inspection. That gave me a chance to speak with the home inspector while the buyer and I were waiting for the buyers' agent to arrive. 

The home inspector made several comments which caused the buyer and I to exchange looks. We couldn't tell if the home inspector was "pulling our legs" with his stories of flying around the country doing inspections, and having apartments in at least two major cities. He said it was true.

While I was still in the house, I heard the home inspector make a comment about the fact that there was a filter missing from the A/C system. I knew the sellers had just had an HVAC inspection as I was present during the inspection and had a copy of the report. I saw the HVAC technician put the filter in and I said so. The home inspector immediately said that the HVAC tech did not know what he was doing. At that point, I decided it was time for me to leave.

The buyers' agent was supposed to receive the home inspection report the next day. Five days later was when he actually received it. He sent it to me the next day with the follow up from the buyers. When I saw the report, it just reinforced my feeling that something was not right with the home inspector. First, his license number was not on the report. Second, the report was only 4 1/2 pages long, unformatted, with no diagrams or any explanations typical of home inspection reports that I had seen before. Third, there were broad generalizations without any clear identification of specific locations or items.  

I should add, this is a house that had been gutted to the studs about 11 years ago and had undergone a multi-year renovation and expansion with permits pulled for all the work. 

At this point, I decided to call a member of the Board of Directors of the local chapter of ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors. When I explained what I was thinking about the home inspector, the person suggested I check the home inspector's license.

Unlicensed Home Inspector Caused Major DamageI checked the website for the Massachusetts State Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) and was shocked to find out that this home inspector's license had been suspended. I didn't want to say anything that could impact someone's livelihood without more information, so I spoke with the person who maintains the state's website. I was told that the website was always kept current.  I asked the person to check the actual records and veryify the information. She looked up the record and told me that the home inspector's license had been suspended a year ago and had not been reinstated.

I was then put in touch with the investigator for this licensing board. The investigator confirmed that the home inspector's license had been suspended and that he had not done what he was supposed to do to be reinstated. I was told that there had been about 9 complaints and two previous reprimands before the license was suspended. The suspension had to do with incompetence and poor work practices among other things.

This occured the day before we were supposed to sign the Purchase & Sales Agreement. When I told the buyers' agent about the home inspector, the buyers' (who had already sold their home) ended up walking away from the transaction. The Sellers, who had an accepted offer on a new home that they wanted to purchase, had to walk away from that transaction. 

Can you imagine that all of this occured because the home inspector decided to violate state law and continue working. This unlicensed home inspector caused major damage to two sets of sellers and a buyer. 

I strongly recommend that buyers hire a home inspector after they have an accepted offer. Check to make sure that any contractor is licensed before you use their services, or allow them to act on a property that you represent or recommend them. I know I will from now on! In Massachusetts, you can CHECK A PROFESSIONAL LICENSE for 21 different types of businesses. 

Nina Rogoff, RE/MAX Executive Realty, 781-883-3764 Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA

 

 

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67 commentsNina Rogoff • July 07 2013 08:33PM

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Wow, that is simply terrible, Nina.  I can't believe the impact that this person had.  Wow.  So super sad.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring (Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT) over 1 year ago

It really is amazing how many people were affected. It left the buyer with such a bad feeling that they just didn't know what to do and so they walked away from the transaction. The sellers were even willing to pay for a new home inspection because they felt so badly for the buyers!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Nina: Who recommended this home inspector to the buyers? This should be taken even further such as telling your board about him etc.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000) over 1 year ago

Hi, Hella...Unfortunately, the buyers' friends recommended this home inspector to them. I spoke directly to the buyers and suggested that they tell their friend so she doesn't recommend this inspector to anyone else. 

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Oh no! What a mess.  Hopefully all will work out for all involved.  I would definately report him to the board though. 

Posted by Jennifer Green (Keller Williams Realty Phoenix) over 1 year ago

Thanks, Jennifer. I imagine we will find someone else who wants to buy the home, and the buyers will find something else to. It's just so disturbing to see so many people impacted by this person who thinks so highly of himself and not at all about other people.

 

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

That is a sad situation on many parts. This home inspector who be put on a watch list so others don't use him.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource- SFR - Clarksv (Keller Williams Realty) over 1 year ago

I agree, Roland. The only thing I can think to do is to encourage buyers and agents to check and make sure an inspector is actually licensed. I truly hope this person doesn't affect anyone else, but I have a feeling he will unfortunately.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Nina, I was looking at the list and it is amazing how many "expired," "suspended" licenses were listed.  Inspectors trying to work under the radar can be a huge problem.  Here there is some liability for agents that recommend inspectors that are not licensed.  Always pays to be vigilant and check the license to make sure it is current.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 1 year ago

Always look to your Realtor for recommendations. It would seem that buyers get burned when they don't take our battle-tested vendors and instead opt for a referral from an acquaintance or just start Googling.

Posted by Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings (Atlanta Communities) over 1 year ago

Seriously, people need to check out licensing. In California home inspectors are NOT licensed.  No surprise that this person's suspension had to do with incompetence and poor work practices among other things.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Just Call (408) 252-8900!) over 1 year ago

I hope your Seller kept the earnest money.  How can both the Buyers and the Buyer's Agent be negligent in this respect?

I would have contacted the Agent's Broker to have a discussion.

Posted by Rich Arnold, Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix (Keller Williams Realty East Valley) over 1 year ago

Nina - Why not just have another inspection done rather than walk away from the transaction?

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 1 year ago
Oh wow! That's crazy! We typically have heard of the ones that work our area. Now I know to check if I am not familiar with them.
Posted by Joni Staples, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTORĀ® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 1 year ago

Oh, that’s really a big mess. The situation is really worst.  Hopefully all will work out for all involved.  It is therefore been always suggested to go for the realtor on recommendation and properly verify them before hiring.

Posted by Joe Romero, Joe (Advance Windows And Doors) over 1 year ago

Unlicensed, uninsured! OMG! Those are two of the first things I check on with inspectors.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor (RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC) over 1 year ago

Nina- Wow, I cant believe the buyers agent didnt see through this guy also...

Posted by Scott Fogleman, Witt-Fogleman, Inc. - Bedford, Lynchburg, and Roan (Witt-Fogleman Team 434-941-8847) over 1 year ago

My thought is that since the buyers still walked away even after the seller was willing to pay for a new inspection that they didn't really want the house enough in the first place.  Also, the fact that they wanted the inspection before signing a purchase contract leads me to believe the same thing - that you probably would have lost them anyway.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 25 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Lisa Consulting VT) over 1 year ago

Nina:

***GOOD WORK.***  I am glad you reported that AWFUL guy.  He needs to be punished, severely. It was sad to hear he did so much damage to your clients. Thanks For The Blog.

Smiles To You, Myrna :) :) :)  :(o_o):

Posted by Myrna Ziller, National Association Of Realtors ( N.A.R.) (Guarantee Flex Office Fig Garden Village) over 1 year ago

The bottom line is that, unfortunately, your clients got a bad inspector/inspection. Licensing really has nothing to do with it.  A "bad" inspector can still have a license.  A piece of paper doesn't necessarily make someone better at something.   Just look at a drivers license for example... many terrible drivers out there, but they stil have a license.  There are also many people out there with degrees, who shouldn't be doing what their doing and getting paid for it. 

Nonetheless, I am still wondering how/why he got recommended, when he performs such an obvious lousy service.  Our entire business is based solely on word of mouth.

Posted by Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio (Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC) over 1 year ago

Shame on the buyers agent for not vetting the home inspector out Nina!  I had one which a buyer used that a friend recommended.  Another buffoon who made derogatory comments all during the inspection & scared the buyer to death...yet at the end said the house was a 'great ' house to buy...of course the buyer walked away.  We don't have licensed inspectors in this state so I have 3 I know are competent and recommend them to the buyers to choose.  If they go off and do their own thing I warn them there are consequences to that path...so sorry on that terrible experience.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 1 year ago

In my fair state the home inspector is not required to have a license. In fact, the buyer is free to bring in ANYONE they want. Can't count how many deals have died because "daddy" said the home had a cracked slab.

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Pineville Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties Realty) over 1 year ago

Nina, why didn't the potential buyers order another inspection? Since you didn't have a signed offer, there was no guarantee the buyers would have purchased the home no matter who inspected the property.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA (Michael's Commercial LLC) over 1 year ago

This really stinks. The buyers' friend did them no favor at all.

Posted by Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!") over 1 year ago

Nina, with a suspended license that inspector probably had no insurance as well, but a check by the seller's lawyer would make sure that person didn't do that again.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754) over 1 year ago

Even if it was a referral from a friend, I'd still see to make sure he was licensed. Such shame. I bet they're not friends anymore.

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 1 year ago

Wow, what a nightmare from an incompetent person that doesn't follow the law. This is just terrible. Ensure they are licensed.

Posted by Ben Gerritsen (American Nationwide Mortgage Company, NMLS ID: 13392) over 1 year ago

Hi Nina, I had buyers a few months ago who wanted to hire a friend who was not a licensed home inspector. I told them flat out, NO! Hire someone who is licensed because if they say something is wrong with the house, the seller will not buy it. The guy was only charging them $200. Most charge around $450-$500. Saving $250 could cost someone $750.00 in the end.

Your buyer's inspector should be sued!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 1 year ago

I am not normally a person for litigation, however, in this case, I believe that the seller could sue for damages.  When you get caught driving on a suspended license, I think that you can actually go to jail.  This "inspector" needs to be hit real hard in the wallet to strongly discourage him from practicing without a license. 

Posted by Roger Stensland, King & Pierce County Homes Home Resource Group - (Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound) over 1 year ago

I guess I'm a little confused... if the buyers hadn't yet made any requests of your sellers (repairs or credits) why you (the listing agent) felt the need to bring any of this to the buyer's agent's attention.  Especially since it appears to have caused them to walk away from the transaction??

I would have reported the inspector, too... but probably after settlement.

Posted by Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 1 year ago

Hi, Alan...the buyers had made requests of the sellers. That was the whole problem. If we had been able to move forward to signing P&S we would have done so. For example, the HVAC system had just been recently inspected and serviced by a licensed HVAC technician/company. But, this home inspector said the company didn't know what they were talking about...and he didn't even look at the service report. He also said there was no insulation in an attic that was part of the new construction and had insulation up to the eaves, already. The buyers wanted thousands of dollars of work done that according to LICENSED and KNOWLEDGEABLE contractors were not even an issue.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Good morning, Roger...I felt the same way! My biggest concern is that people find out before hiring this guy!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Hi Nina - thanks for the license checking  link.  Where did this idiot "inspector" come from? Why aren't buyers more aware?  

Posted by Ruth Lerner (William Raveis Real Estate) over 1 year ago

Hi, Jackie...he should be! I've also had buyers who wanted to either pass on a home inspection, or if they were handy and wanted to do it themselves...I've always recommended they hire a licensed home inspector. Just never occured to me to check the inspector hired by someone else's buyer!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Ben...an absolute and COSTLY nightmare.

Suzanne...I don't think they blame their friend. I think most people don't even think to check a license. Maybe with a construction contractor or builder but probably not with a home inspector.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

I find it bizarre the Buyers would walk away from a house they wanted because of an unlicensed home inspector.....were there major defects listed in the house?  would there be a good reason to report him to the buyers....or were you concerned this was your job to do on behalf of your seller?

 

As a Seller's agent it doesn't make sense, unless the inspector had made false reports about the house and increased a credit due for the buyers....this is seems to be the case....any more info?

Posted by Crystal De Raffele, NYS Lic. Real Estate Salesperson (www.MyDutchessRealtor.com) over 1 year ago

Ed, you're right...no license, no insurance, no integrity!

Good morning, Jill...I really don't think they hold their friend accountable. Now, if the recommendation had come from their agent that would be a different story. Fortunately, the agent did NOT recommend this guy. 

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Hi, Michael...we did have a signed offer. In Massachusetts, the transaction to purchase usually involves a fully executed Offer (Contract) to Purchase, followed by a home inspection, signing of Purchase & Sales Agreement, then closing.

We had the home inspection. We were 1 day before signing the P&S. Since we are still on the market, I cannot go into details here. However, the buyers wanted things done that the home inspector was actually making up. We had this verified with a number of LICENSED CONTRACTORS.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Yikes, Doug! I can only imagine as I have just experienced that! Well, even in a state with licensing requirements it doesn't help if no one thinks to check!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Ahh.... I knew I was missing something.  A bad inspector can truly colour the tone of the transaction... and in this case in a truly bad way.

Posted by Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 1 year ago

Thanks, Ginny! Wow, didn't realize that Rhode Island didn't have licensing requirements for home inspectors. That's scary. Hope your buyers will take your recommendations more seriously. Show them this post. 

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Thanks, Alan. We're on the same page when it comes to trying to represent the best interests of our clients.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Hi, Crystal...yes this is what happened. The home inspector was making up things that had to be done to the house that in fact, did not have to be done. This is a property that had been taking down to the studs. Everything was new...walls, floors, ceilings, windows and doors, window and door trim. electrical, plumbing, etc. Plus there was a large addition added from the ground up. All done with proper permitting. So there were no defects at all. It's a wonderful property.

I spoke directly to the buyers...the sellers were willing to pay for a new home inspection for them. I had hoped that the buyers would be interested in "starting again" with this property, which they seemed to have loved. 

 

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Hi, Ruth...the home inspector was recommended by a friend of the buyers. All I can say is that it's worth checking a license for every contractor...whether brought by the seller or the buyer.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

In Pennsylvania, if you use an unqualified home inspector (qualifications are listed on the sales contract) then you lose the ability to walk away from the transaction with your escrow money intact.

Posted by Marc McMaster, Putting my clients before myself (RE/MAX Centre Realty) over 1 year ago

Hi, Marc...unfortunately, walking away from $1,000 would be "small potatoes" in this case. I still hope the buyers will reconsider and start with a new home inspection. We just want the negative feelings to pass.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

It is customary here in Concord, N. C. that licenses are checked and also some type of proof of insurance is required. I think both of these are good requirements and could eleminate a lot of problems.

Betty

Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) over 1 year ago

Betty, I agree! That's a terrific requirement. Since this incident happened, I am representing sellers on another listing and the when the buyers' agent called to schedule the home inspection I did ask which inspector they were using (and then I checked the license). I know the buyers' agent thought it was strange that I even asked for the name of the inspector. I'm going to start a new trend...which in a few years, won't be new anymore! lol

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

It's sad that the buyers walked away from the transaction...why did they not just get another inspection from a licensed inspector that was actually reputable?  Seems to me stuff could have been extended a bit to get a real inspection.

As far as this "inspector" I see lawsuits in his future.  

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 1 year ago

Something tells me that as bad as all this may seem, and it is, the transaction might have been salvaged with a simple extension, a new inspector, and putting off the sales contract a few days.  I point my finger, however, at the buyers, who should have done their homework before hiring this bonehead.

Posted by Morris Massre, Realtor Broward County Florida (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services ) over 1 year ago

Hi, Brenda! I agree. I called the buyers directly and offered to speak with them in person. They were very nice and called me back but they just could not, at this time, feel that they wanted to come back to something that had upset them. It's a personal decision. Believe me, I wish they would change their minds. 

Hi, Morris...as I said to Brenda, I agree. I wish the buyers would be willing to start again with a new home inspector. The sellers even offered to pay for it, with a licensed inspector of the buyers' choice.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Checking on the credentials of key players in a transaction is important as is evidenced by this post. Knowing who you are working with and building relationships with these people for future transactions is a good way to ensure that the deal runs smoothly. Good job on following your instincts and for sharing this scenario with us.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, California Real Estate (800) 591-6121 (John Aaroe Group) over 1 year ago

In CA the home inspectors are not licensed, but a lot of them are licensed contractors, acting as home inspectors.  Some are just former laborers from the construction trades.  Others are just plain deal killers.

Posted by Gary Frimann, California Broker and REALTOR (Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates) over 1 year ago

Thank you, Ralph. My goal in sharing this post is to encourage others to check licensing before using anyone who should be licensed.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Such a big costly lesson to be learned!

Posted by Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty) over 1 year ago

I can't believe that the buyers or buyer's agent didn't check license status before the inspection was ordered.  

Home inspectors are licensed in MD and certified in VA.  Estensive training and experience is required for both.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 1 year ago

I don't get it . . . why did the buyers walk away?  If their inspection contingency deadline had run, negotiate an extension and have a LICENSED inspector do the job.  I'm not sure why this deal fell apart.  If it was a bad inspection, it was a bad inspection . . . cut the buyers some slack and give them the opportunity to get another one performed.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results (BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time) over 1 year ago

Carla, the only thing we could do was to offer to let the buyers have another home inspection (which the sellers had offered to pay for). The buyers chose not to go forward. I don't understand why either, however after speaking directly with them last night there isn't anything further that I can do. 

Lenn, I agree it would have been helpful if the buyers' agent had checked to see whether the buyers had chosen a licensed inspector. However, I don't think most agents do that....although after reading this post hopefully they will add this to the list of "protecting their clients' best interests". 

Tamra...you betcha! Hopefully, you can share this information with agents in your area to prevent things like this from happening in your neck of the woods. 

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

A home inspector is very good just make sure they are licensed and the buyer should check that for themself .

Posted by David Opoka over 1 year ago

Hmmmmmm . . . without soundING syncial (and I'm goinG to, so why did I even write that?!?) maybe the buyers wanted to use this guy to beat down the price?  Buyers walking seems to suggest (synical me talking) they wanted the house, but wanted to chew the price down.  Maybe this inspector, who is clearly not on the up-and-up was the buyers trigger man?  Without him, or having his bluff called, they felt they didn't want the house because they couldnt' use this guy to chew down the price.  With him calling out the air filter being missing, etc. sounds like the home inspector was trying to do a beat down?!?

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results (BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time) over 1 year ago

Thanks, David! I agree home inspectors are very important. I should add that just because someone is licensed doesn't mean they are good. However, people should start by checking licensing and then ask for recommendations and check the recommendations!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Hmm, Carla? I hope you won't take this the wrong way...'cause although I see you on ActiveRain we don't really know each other yet...but...I think you need some chocolate! lol

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Nina, in CA there is no licensing of property inspectors.  None.  Anyone can get some business cards printed and call themselves a professional home inspector.  Nothing else is needed.

 

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley R since 1976;408-565-8177 (Certified Realty Services) over 1 year ago

I usually know the reputations of inspectors. In your situation, I think I would have just got another inspector as soon as I realized this guy was going to be a problem, assuming buyer and seller both agreed.

Posted by Jeff Pearl (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) over 1 year ago

Lloyd, that is absolutely horrifying!! There must be so many cases of these disasters.

 

Hi, Jeff...I guess in a smaller area it might be possible to get to know the inspectors. However, this buyer was coming from an hour away and the inspector whom she brought was an hour north of her. Never heard of him before. When you represent the seller, the only thing you can do is to check licenses of anyone being brought by the buyer. Once we all found out, the buyer did not want to do another inspection. I think they were so shocked and upset that they didn't feel they could deal with the house. Unfortunately!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA (RE/MAX Executive Realty - ) over 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing this story. Sadly, the buyers made a bad decision.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 1 year ago

Nina...I'm still amazed that they didn't just have another (licensed) home inspection but I guess at that point they were just too overwhelmed.

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com) over 1 year ago

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