Having a little fun with Chat GPT. This blog was entirely written by Chat GPT with the exception of the paragrapgh/text in bold.

When it comes to buying or selling a home, the relationship between a home inspector and a Realtor can be an important one. A home inspector is responsible for examining the property to identify any issues or potential problems that could impact the value or safety of the home, while a Realtor is responsible for facilitating the sale or purchase of the property. While these two professions have distinct roles, they often work together.

One of the most important aspects of the relationship between a home inspector and a Realtor is trust. A Realtor needs to trust that the home inspector they recommend to their clients is thorough, knowledgeable, and unbiased. Similarly, a home inspector needs to trust that the Realtor is not trying to conceal any issues with the property or pressure them to overlook certain problems. Establishing trust between these two professionals is critical to ensuring that the home inspection process is objective and impartial.

Another important aspect of the relationship between a home inspector and a Realtor is communication. A Realtor needs to keep the home inspector informed about any relevant details regarding the property. Similarly, the home inspector needs to communicate their findings to the buyer and Realtor in a clear and concise manner. This helps the buyer to make informed decisions about whether or not to move forward with the purchase of the property.

While the relationship between a home inspector and a Realtor can be a positive one, there can also be potential conflicts of interest that should be addressed.

For example, a Realtor may feel pressure to downplay issues that are discovered during the home inspection process in order to avoid scaring off potential buyers. On the other hand, a home inspector may feel pressure to identify issues that are not actually significant in order to justify their fee. It is important for both professionals to recognize these potential conflicts and work to maintain objectivity and transparency throughout the process.

Why does this matter? Today I was told by a Realtor that home inspectors need to realize that even though they think they work for the buyer, they really work for the Realtor because that’s where their work comes from. The Realtor went on to say they only works with inspectors who don’t scare off buyers.

The real message here is they want to close deals. We will not be working with this Realtor’s team. Why? Well, that approach doesn’t align with our core values and I believe the agent has lost perspective as to the purpose and intent of a home inspection to begin with. We are not about closing deals. We are about serving our clients as a third party to educate them and act in their best interest, which is actually the fiduciary responsibility of the Realtor as well.

In conclusion, the relationship between a home inspector and a Realtor is a critical one when it comes to buying or selling a home. Both professionals need to establish trust, communicate effectively, and maintain objectivity in order to ensure a successful transaction.

By working together, they can help to ensure that buyers are able to make informed decisions about the properties they are interested in, and that sellers are able to accurately represent the value and condition of their homes.

The inspector should never be swayed or influenced by a Realtor to make sure they close a deal. And yes it happens, in fact – one team owner was particularly bold in announcing if we wanted the team’s business, that’s what we’d do.  It was a short conversation…