North Shore Views
Over the last few years many real estate experts have written articles, blogs, posted websites etc., to discourage home buyers from using home inspectors referred by real estate agents, the theory being that the agent will refer an incompetent, or worse, dishonest, inspector so that the sale will go through easier without a thorough inspection.
People hire a real estate agent for two reasons: to gain insight into the local real estate market and to guide them through the complexities of the home buying process, including securing a mortgage, getting an appraisal, securing title insurance, the attorney review of documents and scheduling a home inspection. Most home buyers probably don’t have these people lined-up and they rely on the real estate agent to refer professional and competent attorneys or mortgage brokers or home inspectors. My experience as a home inspector is that the great majority of real estate agents want you to do a good job for their client and will refer you based on competence and honesty.
Mark McCaffrey is a licensed home inspector on Chicago’s North Shore. He also performs radon testing in the Northern and Northwest suburbs. For more information call 847-363-9733 or visit www.hominspect.com.