In Part 1 of this series, I tried to convince home buyers to consider using a home inspector recommended by a trusted Realtor. Within days of writing that blog I was confronted with a real life counterpoint when our office booked an inspection for a client who refused to use their Realtor’s preferred inspector. To test out my powers of persuasion, our office manager sent him the blog I wrote and he ignored my advice and went with us anyway. So much for influence.
It was a reminder to me that there are buyers who for one reason or another may not want to use a Realtor’s referral. In this case, the buyer found the house himself while driving around and called the listing agent’s office. One thing led to another and they found themselves with a ratified contract without the benefit of a buyer’s agent. Another agent on the listing agent’s team was representing them but not in a buyer’s agent capacity. They were savvy enough to realize that “their agent”, though professional and competent, was not representing their interests. Hence the call to our office. If you find yourself in this position, and you are not an aggressive negotiator, I recommend hiring your own Realtor or attorney to negotiate the contract and home inspection addendum.
The moral of the story is that one shoe does not fit all. We have had the happy occurrence on many occasions where a buyer declines to go with the Realtor’s recommendation for a home inspector because they’ve gotten a referral from a friend only to find out that we were that Realtor’s recommendation as well. Now that’s a good referral.
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