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I attend only for my Buyers and we are not to participate. But, then again our inspections are not an excuse to renegotiate! Our homes are sold as is.
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I attend all inspections I order for my sellers. I use the time to complete my Agent Visual Inspection Disclosure. I do not ever interfere with the inspector or inspection.
I typically attend at the end of the inspection to listen to the summary.
Larry attends all our home inspections...
I always make an appearance at the beginning and at the end. But don't stay for the entire inspection.
I don't attend the entire home inspection, but I do drop by toward the end to hear the recap from the inspector. I think this ought to be the buyers' time with their new house, and my lurking around them and their agent might get in the way of that.
yes, the listing agents for whom I market attend every home inspection, in order to hear first hand what the issues truly are in the opinion of the inspector...
Free college? I'll take that lesson!
Yes I do, it is a good practice.
I would absolutely not show up as the Seller's agent to an inspection. This is the time for the Buyer to find out what they need to know. Their LICENSED agent must be present to open the box that can only be opened by a licensed agent, and I make sure that the agent will be there the whole time.
We let them see the house without us there. They loved it enough to want to buy it. Why should I not trust them now?
I attend, but not as a participant, but as an observer. I don't want anyone quoting me on things that are out of my areas of expertise. I also don't want inspectors doing anything to my seller's home without their permission. This affords me the opportunity to learn of potential problems that may come up from the report and advise my sellers.
Nina Hollander, Broker
Every one, i do like to stay close, but not in the way. I do like to hear what the inspector is saying. After all i represent the seller and would prefer to have 1st hand info, not what the buyer interprets to get the price down.
I have an agent who handles all listings and attends all inspections.
I do not.
No, the buyers is paying for it so the buyer agent should be there.
I attend when the buyer's agent decides it is not their responsibility to attend I think a Real Estate professional should be present at the inspection
No, I think the buyer needs that time with their buyer's agent.
it's rare I go for my listings, but in the event the buyers agent cannot I will. (whatever it takes to get my seller to closing). I do however attend with my buyers
Lise Howe I prefer not to. Unless my sellers insist, I do.
I usually pop in at some point to meet and greet and hear, first hand, what's up. :)
No. I don't even attend when I represent the buyer.
Yes, most of the time. Like to understand the potential issues.
Interesting range of answers.
As a newbie, I'm being coached to not attend them (or attend to let the buyer/inspector/buyer's agent troupe in/out but otherwise stay the heck out of the way) and to instruct the buyer's agent to not send summaries or the full reports. We only want to know about, in writing and by the inspection objection deadline, the specific item(s) the current buyer might want addressed along with their proposed fixes so that the seller can review and decide to address, or not, the item(s).
Should the current transaction fall through, anything the current buyer brings to our attention the seller would then have to disclose (or disclose + refute + document, or disclose + address + document) to future buyer prospects.
Yes, but not always. It depends on the sale and condition of the house.
Most of my listings are vacant and home inspectors usually have their own SentriLock key and don't need me there to get in their way.
It depends on the client. Over the years, I would venture to say 50%.
No, I don't show up for inspections on my listings. I see a variety of answers. Interesting..
Yes I attend all home inspections. I feel it is a good practice.
No. The buyers agent attends if the buyers are there. If no clients are present, the inspector can go in alone.
No, not at all. After 32 years of real estate it makes no difference if I show up to the inspection. I tell all my buyers that this is their time to meet and speak with the inspector about anything.
Yes, absolutely. I bring a laptop and other work. I sit in the car.
I want to be there for my client.
The buyer's agent would attend, not the listing agent, in our jurisdiction.
As listing agent we are told not to attend. The inspection is being paid for by the buyer and it is their time to check things out with their agent. Seller should not be present either.
Not as seller agent but as buyer agent most of the time.
Yes, if I think I can help or at the request of buyer's agent, or my clients. Definitely attend appraisal visits and provide info.
Not unless sellers requests it, usually for security reasons. otherwise, the buyers agent usually attends with the buyer and inspector.
No. It's a waste of time. I show up for the last 10 minutes of the inspections with my buyers, but not our sellers.
No. That is for the buyer's and their agent to attend. I'll let the inspector in and then I'm gone. The only time I attend is if I'm representing both parties.
No, I'm sure they will send the boring report.
I do not attend; nor do my sellers. It's the buyer's inspection... and the inspection report is their intellectual property and in NC they have to give specific permission to release it to the sellers. Aside from that, if buyers attend there is no good rationale for them to possibly be exposed to me or the sellers. I wouldn't want that if I were representing the buyers either.
It is a very good practice to attend.
Always present when ANYONE is in the home of the person who hired me to look after their best interests. That would include the home inspector.
The inspector needs to acknowledge and agree to the rules. (i.e. you will NOT be walking on that aluminum roof and if your name is Homer Teamey, you are not permitted on the property. The buyer's agent knows that.)
I will be present when the summary is presented and the findings explained. Part of the rules will be to describe 'what the fix looks like' should any item be found deficient.
Secondly, the inspector and the buyers agent must agree to the rules that include, I, and the seller do not want to see the report or receive a summary of the report. The buyer and their agent has X days to present action based on the result of the report.
I will go is the buyer's agent will allow as it is easier to see a problem than to try and figure it out from a picture and someones notes.