Home Inspectors regularly come in contact with Real Estate professionals. Brokers, Agents and Realtors. Realtors are members of the National Association of Realtors and must meet strict professional and ethical standards.
We recommend that our clients retain a buyer’s agent. Having your own buyer’s agent will ensure that you have a Real Estate professional dedicated to your side of the transaction, as opposed to an agent that is working in what is referred to as ‘Duel Agency’, where the seller’s agent also represents the buyer. While legal, we feel that this practice is a clear conflict of interest. Each side of the transaction needs their own Realtor representation. Home Inspectors, by law, have a fiduciary responsibility to their clients (just like Doctors, Lawyers and Accountants). Realtors do not have this responsibility.
Some Realtors are more interested in selling you the house that selling you a good house. We don’t work with them, and we NEVER work FOR them. A good Realtor will want you to know the condition of the house you are planning to buy and work with the home inspector to help you fully understand the house’s complete condition, good and not so good.
Properly done, Realtors and Home Inspectors are both equal members of the team that is dedicated to helping you buy your home, both working to protect you along the way.
Here as some web links and contacts to Realtors that we have worked with, personally, know and can fully recommend with confidence. These Realtors have consistently displayed the level of professionalism and integrity that we admire and we have no hesitation in referring them to our family, friends and our clients. In fact, we have.
Correna Malyon, @Properties, (312) 375-8383
Lynn Chamberlin, Jameson / Sotheby’s International (847) 331-3647
Chris Engelmann, Redfin, (312) 533-6523
Andrew Hasdel, Keller Williams, (847) 373-8114