Evil Real Estate Inspector Wanted

Real Estate Inspector

The seller of a home one of our buyers bought was quite upset with the inspector our buyer used. They thought he was too hard on the property – too nitpicky. As sellers are inclined to think, the home was – in their mind – in perfect condition, but the inspection revealed otherwsie, which resulted in buyer demands that cost the seller money to cure. The seller was angry that items on our buyer’s inspection were not noted on the inspection they obtained when purchasing the home a few years prior. I told them that was between them and their previous inspector, and that my buyer was giving no weight at all to the fact that these items were not noted by the inspector used when the seller purchased the home. The sellers had some choice words about our inspector (I was dealing with the seller directly on this deal, since they had one of those “Discount Brokers” who was absent from the deal – but that’s a story for another day). It all got worked out though and everyone was happy.

A few weeks later I got a call. It was that seller, asking for the name and phone number of the evil inspector. They wanted to use him to have their new house checked out. I resisted the temptation to offer commentary at that time (but what about that ‘reasonable’ inspector you used last time?), and simply gave the name and number. Funny though, when you want to make sure the house you’re buying is in good shape, who do you want to call?… the same evil inspector you hated when it was your home being inspected for your buyer.

Posted by Steve
10 years ago
Steve

Steve is a Real Estate Blogger, Husband and Dad, UT Austin Grad, Runner, Real Estate Broker and owner of Crossland Team and Crossland Real Estate in Austin TX.

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Pamela Weaver - 10 years ago

Well, well, well, this sounds very close to home!!! That’s a good one!! Thanks for holding your ground, Steve!

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Donna B - 9 months ago

Well, here is an instance that contradicts your story. On my home sale the buyer’s agent insisted on bringing in the “only inspector” she trusted to inspect my home. I rearranged everything to accommodate this. Both the buyers’ agent and my agent banned me from the property — including my home office, which I was willing to do. What happened? Fraudulent claims for non-existent repairs. I asked my agent to immediately verify the inspector’s credentials (he should have done this prior to the inspection) and quickly sent him a photo that obviously disputed one of the major findings. My agent NEVER took any action to verify the inspector. The burden was on me, the seller to vet all claims. There were also assertions of obviously false code violations in the request for repairs, not listed in the version of the inspection report I received. My agent used statements such as “from a liability perspective, you need to …….”. I stood my ground, all the while my agent lobbed new assertions of repair and code issues at me. And, this is just part of the story of what happened on my home sale.

After closing, checked into this “highly qualified inspector” . What did I find? The inspector’s firm (clearly stated on the inspection report) had been suspended by the state of California more than 7 years earlier. Public records showed a laundry list of high dollar defaults and judgments. There was even a case regarding harassment. And even more alarming, the inspector was a defendant on a long standing fraud case in Orange County California. Recently bail was set and a warrant ordered related to the fraud case. My agent spent the better part of 3 hours in my home unsupervised with this man, and all he could tell me was “he was a very nice guy”. Right.

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