Why You Should Ask Your Home Inspector For A Referral To Your Agent
Typically, when someone is starting the home buying process, they first pick their real estate agent, finally find a home, and then that agent refers them to a home inspector. However, it may actually be more beneficial for home buyers to reverse this, first choosing their home inspector and then asking their opinion of a real estate agent.
Make no mistake about the home inspectors here. We know that the vast majority of real estate agents really care about the home buyer. However, some may be influenced and motivated to act in a way that is not in the best interest of buyers. We know that real estate agents never use a home inspection company for anyone except themselves or their family.
Real estate agents are paid on a commission, and that commission is not earned unless a home buyer makes a purchase. The agent needs you to buy the house, and there are some unethical real estate agents who are not above lying to a client or downplaying a house’s problems to make sure the sale goes through. The commission may be enough to alter the level of authority an agent will have.
An established, well-reviewed home inspection company probably knows which agents you can trust. A well-established home inspection company also knows which agents have asked them not to include details in the report. The inspection company may not say negative things to you specifically regarding an agent, however, they could easily suggest an agent. You can trust the home inspection company because the company needs you to have a lot of experience with them as reviews and word of mouth are very important to them. What will your business look like if you discover that your new home has structural problems shortly after moving in when it becomes a problem? In addition, the home inspection company receives a payment regardless of whether you buy the home or not; This means that they do not have the possible motivation to lie to drive a sale that real estate agents have. It is in the best interest of home inspectors to be accurate and honest.
Of course, there are amazing real estate agents who care a lot about their clients. You just have to take your time and take care of who you choose. Your home inspector is a great person to ask when you begin your search for agents and a home.